CLUTTER STIRS UP MEMORIES
I remember the day as if it was yesterday... My sisters and our friends were walking down Chicago Avenue in the City of Chicago. I was 9 years old at the time. There were many shops such as the Deli, Tailor, Hardware Store, Bakery Shops, Record Shop, including 2 Movie Theaters. On the day us kids were walking to the Movie Theater we passed by the local junk shop - that is what antique stores were called back then. As usual, the junk shop had narrow aisles. The place was stuffed with stuff of everything imaginable both inside and outside the store. There were big things and small things, things I never saw before!
As kids usually do when they are excited, they talk a lot among each other and they don't typically pay attention to their surroundings. I didn't know what happened to me the day I woke up in the hospital after head and skull injuries which required surgery. I remember hearing someone's voice say, thank God she's alive! Apparently, the junk store had tall steel pipes leaning up against the parking meter when one of the them fell on my head and pinned me on the ground. I was sprawled out on the sidewalk unconscious until the emergency crew came to my rescue.
PEOPLE NEED ACCESS TO YOUR GARAGE
It's been years since I thought about that incident. Yesterday I was inside a homeowner's garage and there was stuff, cluttered all over the place. I needed to get over to the water heater and the electrical panels where the electrical outlet was located next to the big mechanics tool box to press the reset button. An 18 foot ladder leaned and hovered over me. There was other dangerous stuff in that same corner but I proceeded carefully and I was very cognizant that if that ladder or any of the number of dangerous things leaning up against tool boxes and other things fell down on me, I could have been in a very precarious situation.
MAKE SURE YOUR GARAGE IS CLUTTER FREE
Owners, when you're putting your house on the market, don't turn your garage into a storage shed and make sure your garage is clutter free. People need to walk around and may need to have access to things inside your garage. Clutter in the garage can kill someone or cause serious injury. It's one thing to be in a group when someone can call 911 or come to another persons aid immediately; it can be a tragic if a Real Estate Agent is alone, the house is vacant and nobody knows when the next person will be in the house or the garage to find an unconscious victim.