The Garage – Duh duh duh…

A little over a year ago, I had enough of our garage.  There is lots of good storage in there already put in place by the previous owners, but we were not using it the best way possible.  Also, I had been working on de-cluttering and purging the house, the end-result being a messy and full garage.  

This was one of those many times that no cars fit in the garage.

I couldn’t take it anymore, and neither could my hubby.  So, we decided to dive in.  I decided that this time instead of just cleaning off the floor and shoving stuff who cares where, that I wanted to make it a functional space for us. 

This is another one of those hard working spaces that serves many roles in our home. That proved to be a challenge.  Also, as with everything in our home, we were on a budget and couldn’t do an all-out redo with custom built-ins and storage.

I went to my go-to for budget friendly inspiration, and I found plenty.  I created a pinterest board for garage organization.

After much cleaning out, a little painting with leftover paint, and organizing this is what we were left with.

(BTW it looks nothing like this right now, as my garage has been serving as furniture restoration workshop for months.)  🙁

You can read all about where we started here, what inspired me here and some details here, and here.

Even though the space has been spilling over with stuff from time to time since the makeover, we still are able to locate the things that we need way better than we used to.  Well worth the time, money and effort we put into it.  

How is your garage working for you??  Is it a welcoming spot to pull into each evening, or are you scared to open the door??

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Private Spaces

Today I’d like to talk to you about the private spaces in your home.  You know the ones you think no one will ever see.  The laundry room, the garage, the bedrooms, the home office, the bathrooms (aside from the guest bath of course). Or maybe it’s just the rooms that you hope no one will see :).

These spaces may not be out in the public eye, but chances are they are in your line of sight every.single.day.  How frustrating is it to drive into a messy garage (or not even be able to drive into it).  

I mean laundry’s not fun, but it’s worse when you are stuck in a drab laundry room – am I right?

Don’t neglect those areas that are just seen by your eyes.  In fact, those might be the most important.  You and YOUR family are the ones that spend the most time in your home. So, ALL the spaces should be functional and pleasing to YOUR family.  

I leave with some eye candy – some private spaces that have function + form.

If would like to pin one of these images, please follow the link below the image and pin from the original source, thanks 🙂

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I’m inspired by all of this pretty organized goodness – how about you??

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Tips and Tricks for Garage Organization

This should be the last post on our garage.  But, I thought you might want some details on a few spots. 
 

First, some general tips for organizing your garage.
#1 keep like things together – one of the most frustrating things about cleaning the garage was how things were all over the place.  For example I found paint supplies in several different locations – and when I got it altogether, there was a lot of it!!
#2 keep as much off the floor as you can
#3 plan spaces for things based on frequency of use and location of use

What works best for me to achieve #1 when organizing a space is to empty out the space.  Don’t try to move things around in the space – you will just end up moving things too much.  Empty everything out and make piles – use buckets if you have them, or just use the floor.  There is no real right or wrong categories for sorting – it just needs to make sense to you and your family.  
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To achieve #2 we added a couple of shelves to one side of the garage.  We inherited the large shelves that cover one whole side, but the other side was lacking, and we needed something simple and shallow to store homeowner type supplies.  
garage shelves
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I also purchased a simple wooden shoe rack for by the door for outside shoes – water shoes, fishing shoes, mowing shoes, you know the ones you never want in the house :).  
 
shoes in garage
We also utilized pegboard in two locations to hold tools – my hubbies tools and garden and yard tools. 
 
tool storage
garden storage
The pegboards got a coat of the blue paint we used on the shelves, just to spice them up a bit.  By this point we were on the home stretch, so I didn’t get too decorative with the paint, but I still like the pop of color :).
 
You can see the garden area got a shelf too, for all those sprays and liquids that you prefer to have up high – this is actually a laundry shelf hung upside down, but it was the perfect size.
shelf to hold bug spray and other chemicals
 
Also, hooks, nails, etc. are great to hang things you need easy access to – some frequently used tools, sports equipment, brooms, etc.  
 
garage storage and organization
To achieve #3 we took a. lot. of. time. thinking, planning, discussing the location of things.  Because as I said before, we had half-done this project several times, and I really hope to never do it again.  So, the things we rarely need access to – went on the top shelves, then we worked down from there.  Things that we wanted on hand went on hooks on the walls, or on the pegboards.  
 
As to my inspirations – for paint storage, I loved the idea of the mason jars and being able to SEE the color of paint, however glass and my family is not really a good idea, so I went to my standby plastic containers from walmart.  These will hold about 1/2 gallon of paint.  
 
leftover paint storage
I had a few cans that had around 1/4 gallon of paint, so I found some other plastic food storage containers with a screw on lid, and they worked great.  Two tubs for other paint supplies and this is what I ended up with :).
paint and paint supply storage
For homeowner type supplies – you know those random home repair items that you have because you had to fix something and you bought way more than you needed so you need somewhere to store it, because you will surely need it again. I again went with CLEAR tubs.  Even though I did label all of these, I still wanted clear tubs, so there was no confusion, and besides I just like the look of them.
storage tubs in garage
labeled tubs in garage
As for the cordless charging station…nothing was built, but we did attach a power strip to our work table and rigged up a “table” below for the chargers to sit on.  To be honest when we were going through tools we discovered that only one cordless item would still charge, so not too much to plug in at this time.
  
garage charging station
I feel very confident that this is going to make a huge difference in how we use this space.  I pulled my car in yesterday finally and there was plenty of room. We could honestly pull both our trucks in but we probably couldn’t open any doors :).  Just so nice to have space!!
 
Maybe you feel stuck right now by all the stuff that seems to be closing in on you.  In our culture today it seems stuff reigns supreme.  I mean seriously storage facilities are popping up everywhere.  Run out of room in your garage? – go rent one on someone else’s property.  What is the purpose of collecting stuff?  As my grandma used to say – “you can’t take it with you when you die”.  I like pretty things, and we all have our things that we must keep for fear we might need it someday – mine is bags.  About a year or so ago I got inspired to clean out our home and our lives of all the excess stuff.  When the stuff is piled up I feel overwhelmed and I just want to bury my head in the sand.  When things are clear and clean I feel relaxed.  How about you?  Do you like stuff or do you prefer space?
 
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Garage of Doom to Organized Happiness

Well, a little more than a month later and my Garage of Doom is D. O. N. E. done!!!  Can you tell I’m a little excited?  I have been forcing myself (and my hubby) out into that now hot garage – seriously why do we always try to do this in the summer – to finish.  You have no idea how many times I wanted to just shove everything back up against the walls and say “good enough”.  But, I knew from 11 years of experience that would not do, and we would be right back where we were in a couple of months.  So…we trudged through the massive piles of stuff.  Many things were deemed worthy to be kept.  So, if worthy to be kept, then worthy of it’s own special spot – right?  We store A. LOT. of stuff in our garage because we are 6 people in a not-so-big 30 year old home with not a ton of storage inside.  We have an attic, but that is for the things we don’t really need easy access to because, well, it’s not easy to access.  🙂  Enough with the talky, talky and on to the looky, looky!!  If you are anything like me than the pictures are what you are waiting to see 🙂  I shared with you the before’s in this post, so here are the afters!!
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shelves for garage storage
hanging storage by the back door
garage tool storage
bikes and sports storage for the garage
 Yes like I said there is still a lot of stuff that we store in here, but man it is organized, and by that I mean like things are with like things, and things make sense to us – things are where they need to be based on the amount of use.  If you follow me on instagram you know I took plenty of in-between/progress photos.  I just needed to see it for myself!!  🙂  I will be sharing this week some specific areas of interest but for this post I just wanted to share pics, and some thoughts on the process.  
 
This all started with me being fed-up with the mess.  I can never find anything!!!  When I put stuff in the garage I never know where it came from so I would just throw it wherever, which just adds to the problem.  We have lived with the garage plan that the previous home owners left us, because honestly it’s the garage and I would rather spend my time and energy inside the house ;).  But, when we were honest with each other, it just didn’t function for us, and we needed a change.  I mean, seriously, the walls were PINK.
 
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Ya, that color on the left – really?!?  So, we I decided that if we were going to clean the garage we were gonna take it to the next level.  Strip it clean and start over.  So, everything got pulled off the various shelves, and out of the various corners and shoved into the middle.
 
garage clean out
This is one of the various pics of this process.  There was sooo much stuff in here that we had to work our way around the room digging into one space at a time.  We went through EVERYTHING!!  Sorted EVERYTHING, grouped EVERYTHING, discussed logical placement of EVERYTHING.  We got rid of a lot of things, and relocated some things to their appropriate place elsewhere.  A lot of stuff stayed here and we found the perfect place for it – really I couldn’t rest until everything had a perfect place.
 
As I mentioned I did my best to keep this project on a low budget.  In the end the total cost came to around $220.  Our biggest expense being the shelves that we added above the work bench.  The rest was spent on paint, plastic storage, a few new hooks, and a couple a small shelves.
I’m so satisfied with the results and the time spent!!!  I just keep going out there and looking around – amazed!!!  My hubby and I are exhausted!!!  I’m so thankful for his patient endurance with me to the end.  I’m sure there were plenty of things he would’ve rather been doing :).  He is a good man!!
 
Stay tuned this week for some highlights!!

Linking up with Kristen at We Are That Family here
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and here with Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons
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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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