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Monday, August 16, 2010

Organized Garage

A few weekends ago we organized/reorganized our garage. That sounds like a terribly exciting house project now doesn't it? Well when we moved in a little over a year ago we semi-organized stuff in the garage and it seemed fine. Little by little more things started accumulating in the garage like new tools, paint, furniture for projects and we nicely placed shoved stuff into whereever it would fit just so we could still get 2 cars in. And by get 2 cars in I mean nevermind the fact that you have to squeeze yourself in between some scrap wood, paint cans, and a nightstand to get to the car door. Don't even dream of climbing into the passenger door while its in the garage because the cornhole and pool floats are in the way.

We both knew it was time to organize the garage and do it right so that it would stay organized and we could actually find things. Especially once I bought the goodwill dresser and then we could only get 1 car in the garage... whoops!

Here is the before.. brace yourself:

How did we even find anything??!!

We, well Eric rather (I went out to a girls dinner hehe) went to Lowes to get organizey stuff.... peg board, a set of those hook things that go in peg board, wood, brackets, and one of those metal storage things made to hang from the ceiling. We took everything out of the garage and put it on the driveway to start with a clean slate.

Eric hung pegboard and shelves while I was on the driveway throwing out stuff and organizing things we wanted to keep and determining if any items should not be stored in the garage. At one point it did start to rain and we frantically rushed anything back onto the floor of the garage that we didn't want to get wet and everything else got a nice little shower.

A small problem we encountered was that the ceiling storage thing was not going to work in our garage. The box made it seems like you could hang it at a range of lengths but you really cannot... LIARS. The lengths we had to hang it at did not work out for where the studs were so no ceiling storage for now (until we find another brand) but we don't really need it at this point. I took some things such as a cooler, pool floats, cornhole into the house and put them in a closet under the stairs that we hadn't really been using. I think it's a better place for them. We put everything else back into the garage in organized fashion and put up a few ceiling hooks for the bike etc.

Here is the end result:

We realized we needed one more peg hook type thing for some bigger items like the rake, shovel etc. so we went back to Lowes and just screwed it into the pegboard where there was a wood slat behind. perfect.

It wasn't a glamourous house project like the deck (probably why we kept putting it off haha) but it's definitely more pleasant to drive in and out of a clean and organized garage :)  And it was less than $150 for the project, gotta love that!

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  1. Way to go!!! This has to be a great feeling of success! Pats on the back to you all :D Have a great weekend and thank you so much for linking to my party at Frou Frou Decor! I hope you come by each week for more Fabulous Finds!
    ~Terrell @ FFD~

  2. Doesn't it feel good to be organized?? You must smile every time you go into your garage.

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