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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Garage Organization!

     Do you have one of those garages that stay pretty neat throughout the winter but as soon as the weather warms, all the kid gear breaks out and chaos reigns supreme? That is totally our garage! It dawned on me a few weeks ago that part of the problem was that there wasn't a specific designation for where things ought to go, just random buckets and baskets with no real order. I would love to tell you that I cracked a whip and now it all looks beautiful, but that would be a lie. You will note my strategically placed pictures that don't allow you to take in the whole scope of the hot mess. We are focusing today on small victories. One corner at a time! Here's where this corner started:

      Man, that's embarrassing! I am glad to say that we've made huge progress! We started with first painting the door from the house into the garage. This brightened things up a little and made the space a bit more fun.

     Next, we moved the freezer into the basement and bought some shelving from Target. This is the same shelving I use in the basement for my food storage. I love the durability of them and how easy they are to put together. I waited a few weeks for them to go on sale. {They usually sell for $49.99 but often go on sale for $39.99}

     Here's the small victory:

     The gray shelving unit is for my husband's shoes {those things are humongous and took up so much room inside my front hall closet}. I found these shelves at Goodwill last fall. It was covered with thick layers of dark stain. Even after sanding and 3 coats of Kilz the stain still bled through. I gave up on the idea of this being a beautiful white addition to my bedroom, got out the spray paint and covered this bad boy with a dark gray, to hide its multitude of sins.

     Inside I love using textural elements to create that warm cozy environment. Why not use them in the garage too! I added a couple of baskets to help provide home to some of the garage necessities. Labels were made from pieces of wood painted with chalkboard paint. I may be just a tad of a perfectionist so instead of using chalk to label them I used a paint pen. They are attached with double stick velcro.

     Even my trash can that I use for pop cans {here in Michigan we get a whopping 10 cents for these babies} got a makeover of sorts with the spray paint and a bit of labeling.

     We have a ways to go, but we are making progress! {Maybe I need to add some fun rugs out there? Why not?} Next we need to tackle the husband's corner. How do you make oil trays, yard chemicals, hunting gear, and tools pretty? I'm off to find out how!

I'm sharing this project here:

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  1. I am in the process of doing the exact same thing. One wall at a time.. one wall at a time. It does really make you wonder where all the crap came from!

  2. Great job! I am slowly re-organizing my garage in phases as well. It's a daunting task, but feels so good when completed.

  3. Organizing your garage can be really something hard to do especially when you don't have any idea where to place things. Thanks.

  4. I love what you did in your garage! Everything looks so nice and organized!

  5. I really need to rearrange my stuff in my apartment, I think I've been hording to many clothes lately.

  6. I just love an organized garage. So well done. And your door is AMAZING. Thanks so much for coming to the party!

  7. I love your door!
    Technical question: How did you code your Pin it button. We just added a Pin button but I like the look of yours better :-)

  8. Looks great! My garage has been on my list for a while now and still haven't gotten to it. Congrats and great organization :)

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  11. Woooww! You are very creative and stylish. I would try it sometimes. Thanks for sharing to us!


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