Garage Inspiration

We have been working tirelessly the past couple of weeks to get this garage project done.  Although I like taking my time and thinking things through and getting things right.  Having a big project like that looming over me keeps me from enjoying myself.  Silly, I know, but hey that’s who I am.  I am working on a post to share with you all the loveliness of the completed garage – 99.999% there – but I was thinking I would like to share with you my inspiration.  I have seen many great garage organization posts on the web this summer and I have pinned a few ideas on pinterest as well, of course.  I shared with you before that I had seen some ideas on leftover paint storage.  Aren’t these cute?  Same idea implemented by two awesome bloggers.

From Jen at IHeart Organizing
Hi Sugarplum | Organized Garage
and then from Cassie at Hi Sugarplum
Isn’t this just the cutest!!  And functional – you can see what color paint it is without opening the container!!

My next favorite thing is clear storage containers with labels for all those odds and ends things that are necessary to have when you are a homeowner, but you never know where to put them, and they always end up in a jumbled mess, and you can never find anything, so you just end up going out and buying more.  (tell me this happens at your house too!)
Organized and labeled storage tubs in plain sight and easy reach seems like a better idea.  Something like this:
from Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons
Then there is the tools…a pegboard is an obvious solution, and we actually have one of those, but I love how Cassie spiced hers up a bit with some paint 🙂

Hi Sugarplum | Happy Organized Garage
from Cassie at Hi Sugarplum
I love this idea for the cordless things and their chargers.  Nothing is ever charged, we can never find the charger, and there is never anywhere to plug it in even if we do find the charger.  I think something along these lines would be great.  I cannot find instructions to this, but I think it might be something you could DIY or at least something similar.

Shop organization
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Honestly, part of my master plan is to get as much off the floor as possible.  I like the idea of using wall-space like in this pic:

DIY Tips for Your Garage
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I know some things just can’t be helped, but this is how things get junky.  Everyone in my family, including myself, is in the habit of just throwing things down.  I desperately want to break this habit.  These kids are gonna be grown soon and the least I can do for their future spouses is to teach them to pick-up after themselves :).

Stay tuned to see how it all comes out!!
Blessings!!

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Laundry Room Redo

On Monday, I decided to clean-up and declutter my laundry room.  So, as I started to throw things away, and clean – really clean, I got an itch to paint.  I cleared everything out and this is where I started.
laundry room
laundry room
I had removed the doors on the cabinets a couple of years ago, and painted the inside of the cabinets this fun turquoise color.  Lately I have been craving some navy blue in my house, and just so happens that I had some leftover navy blue paint from one of the boys’ rooms.  Yippee!!  Free!!
 
I painted all the parts of the cabinets that were still wood.  After that I stood back and checked it out.
painting laundry room cabinets
Too.  Many.  Colors.  The yellow had to go.  I again wanted to use what I had so my choices to keep it neutral were a tan/beige or an antique white (which is mostly white).  I decided to go with the white because I didn’t want any more color in there at all.  As I painted I just couldn’t stop.  Why not go ahead and paint the trim…and the doors?  🙂
painting the laundry room
laundry repaint
navy blue painted door
I had these baskets from the first make-over when I took the doors off and painted the inside of the cabinets.  But….I had never labeled them.  What I have found in trying to organize my home – if the baskets aren’t labeled then all kinds of things end up in the baskets and the organization doesn’t work.
bins for laundry room storage
bins for laundry room and cleaning storage
labels for bins in laundry room
So, I made some cute labels for the baskets – again all with supplies I had on hand. Two days of work later and I am so happy with the results, I just want to spend all my time doing laundry.  🙂
 
Oh and if you are wondering how I got all this done in two days???  It is a very small space and I had this as my motivation…
 
cleaning out the laundry room
 
well…all the stuff in the laundry room had to go somewhere 🙂
 
Here’s a before and after for your viewing pleasure.
laundry room before and after

So thankful the yellow glow is gone.  I still have a few details in mind to add to make it fun along with functional, but I have a couple of youngens to get ready for camp.  Maybe by the end of the week I’ll be able to share those with you.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!!!  Love it!!  Blessings to you 🙂

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Odds and Ends Storage

Well the garage project is creeping along like a snail.  But, I am surprisingly ok with that.  Not sure my hubby appreciates the huge mess that is sitting in the garage during the project, but I think he sees the big picture (maybe).  Anyway, as I am waiting for paint to dry I decided to search out some things that might need some better storage.  Things that we don’t use very often tend to get covered in Oklahoma dirt, or cat hair from our 13 year old kitty.  So….I tend to cover things in black trash bags – which means I have several black bags with who knows what in them.  Not.  Good.  So, I started with a couple of things and measured and went to walmart for some storage tubs.  First up, the camping stuff – we have camped once outside the backyard but hey, we have this huge tent and a couple of air mattresses the kids need from time to time.  But, again, they just collect dust and hair.  So, they went in this nice sized tub.

I bought this long (longest I could find) flat under-the-bed tub for our boogie boards.  

Which, since we live in a land-locked state, we hardly ever use, but still, we have them.  

However they wouldn’t fit – tub not long enough – 🙁 bummer, I was hopeful.  So I moved on to the life jackets.  

We go to the lake more often then we camp or boogie board, but still not often enough for us to need these super accessible.  And they were a perfect fit with room for at least one more, which is good because we need one more – silly kids keep growing.  

Now they will stack and with the CLEAR TUBS I can see what is in them!!
This in my #1 recommendation – always CLEAR TUBS.  No point if you can’t see what’s in the tub.  Yes you can label it, but for me, the label always seems to be un-visible (is that a word??), and I am a very visual person, so I like to be able to find things at first glance.  Donate all your non-clear tubs. 🙂

Today I am working on going through my collection of paint.  Paring down and possibly finding a better storage solution.  Thinking of something like what I found here from Jen at iheart organizing, and here from Cassie at Hi Sugarplum.  Hoping to get at least a little bit done this weekend and report back on Monday 🙂
Have a blessing-filled weekend friends!!

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Garage of Doom

Okay weird title I know, but seriously.  My garage….

I have organized, piled things, stacked, things, and stashed things for so long that the walls are beginning to close in.  Also, our garage is peach….that’s how we inherited it and to be honest I’ve just been too lazy to care.  But, man does it show dirt easily!!

Okay so Friday I got a crazy notion to work on the space again – much to my husband’s excitement.  This is where it began:

Not bad I know – you can see the floor, you can get one car in there.  But do you see how tall all the piles are and how many piles there are.  There is not one empty corner.

So, here is what happened next….

Then, we decided to take it a step further….

See, there were a couple of particle board shelved that were done for.  They had gotten wet once and had rotted from the inside out.  So, those needed to come out and be replaced.  Which led to – well, then we are going to have to paint (bye-bye peach), and so then we will need to unload ALL the shelves.

Since I have no desire to spend a lot of (or any) money on a garage re-do, we searched through some paint we already had and settled on this color for the shelves, and handed the kids paint brushes :).  They did a pretty good job, so I said go ahead and paint the wall.  Well….since then mama has decided that might be a little too much blue.

So, I am working on plan B for the rest of the walls, but I am rather liking the brightness of the shelves.  This project is going to take a while, and this time I am taking my time so maybe I can get it right (whatever that means).  Wish me luck.  I have a whole board on my pinterest page dedicated to garage organization.  Check it out – there are some great ideas out there!!

Working on some regular household stuff today.  Hope to be back in a couple of days with another progress report.

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