Friday, June 14, 2013

{An Organized Garage} The Big Reveal and My Favorite Garage Products

Break out the dancing shoes because it is time to celebrate!  The garage is done!  Despite the fact that I don't love the color, I do love the way the entire project turned out.  If you missed the first two posts about the garage you can read them here and here. 

Alright, let's start with a walk down memory lane...

 ...messy shelves
....dirty walls unusable workbench

And now here she is all gussied up and ready for her close up!

Isn't she a beauty?  There is nothing that makes me happier than knowing that everything has a place and everything is in it's place.  Pure joy.

Now, to quote Julie Andrews, I will show you a few of my favorite things...

The shelving system we used is the Rubbermaid FastTrack closet system available at The Home Depot.  I have used it in a variety of projects in my last three homes including inside closets, in the laundry room and in the garage.  I love it because it is really easy to install and you can configure it any which way you want. 

I also love these wall mounted tool racks.  They are great for storing all your gardening tools as well as your broom, mop, (toilet plunger), etc. 

We use these "Double-Arm Super Hooks" to keep our camping chairs up off the ground and to hold one of our strollers when not in use.  And, really, with a name like "Double-Arm Super Hook" you know it's gonna be good.

The Mister received these tool cabinets (similar) for Christmas from my parents several years back.  They are great for organizing and hiding away all of our tools.  The larger cabinet is on wheels so it can easily be moved out from under the workbench if need be.  And I have to admit that I also like the red pop of color it brings into the space. 

When it comes to arranging all the items in the garage, I started with the Sterilite boxes that I organized on day one.  To fancy them up a bit, I used Jen's label making tutorial from IHeart Organizing.  I love Jen and am obsessed with everything she does.  And you already know my fascination with labels, so this was a match made in heaven. 

I put the items that we use the most on the shelves that were easy to reach.  Up on the top shelves, I keep items that we don't access as often and out-of-season items.  The Sterilite bins work great in this space.  As the season changes, I can just pull the winter bin off the top shelf and move it to the bottom.  Much easier than moving around a bunch of individual items. 

I love using this laundry basket for storing our sand toys and beach towels.  It is easy to grab and throw into the car when we are heading out for a day of fun along the waterfront (which, let's be honest, is pretty rare here in the Pacific Northwest). 

Each family member got their own bin complete with a custom nametag to use however they please.  I am picturing it as a dumping ground for hats and mittens in the winter and sunglasses in the summer. 

I highly recommend keeping a small trash can in the garage.  This one sits right outside the driver's side door and makes throwing out my empty Starbucks' cups the kids' garbage easy.

Over next to the door are shelves and bins designated for mine and the Hubs shoes.  (I keep J&A's shoes in the coat closet in our entry way). 

The wall above the bins is currently a vast empty space, but I have big plans for that area.  To the left of the shoe shelves, I am thinking a low-hanging coat rack to catch wet coats before they make it inside the house.  And above the shoe shelves, I am planning to make my own custom bulletin board to hang my running bibs and medals -- a sort of "running inspiration" board that will hopefully motivate me to get out there and log some miles.

So, there you have it.  I love having everything so clean and organized and our new car now has plenty of room in the garage.  What do you think?  Do you have any favorite products for your garage?  Have you been humming Sound of Music songs in your head since reading this post?