I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on my progress for this Home Organization Challenge, hosted by A Bowl Full of Lemons.
You’ve probably even figured by now that like the ENFP that I am at heart, I’ve started yet another challenge that I have lost interest in or abandoned already.
Well I HAVEN’T!!! So there!!
Week 2 of the challenge involved organizing the garage, which we accomplished about a month ago. You can find the actual protocol for organizing the garage here at A Bowl Full of Lemons’ blog.
Before I show you before pictures of our garage, I just want to let you know that showing you before pictures of our house and garage is like going to my good friend Dr. Chuey for dental work. It feels…naked and exposing for all the dirt and disorganization and hoardy-goodness to be revealed publicly, just like it feels weird for my friend to inspect my teeth for cavities and whether I’ve been good about my dental hygiene.
Mmm…I don’t think that made sense.
Sooooo yeah…with that said, let’s open the garage! (Don’t judge us!!)
Okay, not too bad, not too bad! Let’s step inside and take a closer look, starting with RJ’s workbench area.
Not super organized, but not too bad. Let’s turn around and see what we have there!
Umm….yeah…okay…manageable. Right? Let’s venture further in.
What the hoarding hell…
So yeah. Great candidates for that TV show, Hoarders.
For some reason, we committed ourselves to organize the garage on the hottest day of the year, so we spent a good 10 hours in 95+ degree heat. This may sound ridiculous, but since we were outside for so long I decided to clean and organize the garage in my swim suit. You know, get a tan while we’re at it and provide RJ with some extra motivation. Efficiency FTW!! (Just kidding, honey!!!)
We started by setting out some empty 18 gallon bins we got from Target in a row on the driveway. They usually run for about $8-$10 each but were on clearance for $2.50, so we bought 6! #winning
Next, we completely emptied out the garage, categorized items in bins with other like items, made a donation pile, trashed things we no longer needed, and prepped things we wanted to sell.
There was way more junk that leaked out into our backyard as well, but we don’t have photographic evidence of that. I think you get the picture of how much junk we’ve accumulated.
Next, we swept and vacuumed out the garage.
Daisy of course did nothing to help but cool her little furry tummy and comtemplatively stare off into space.
She even had the audacity to nap while we worked!
The nerve of that dog!
Anyways, after hours and hours and hours (and hours!!!!!) of labor, this is the final product.
You can see that we donated/sold/threw away a LOOOOOOOT of stuff! You can also see the clearly labeled plastic bins in the back, instead of a bunch of raggedy torn up boxes. Additionally, every item now has a home, instead of being randomly thrown anywhere there is open space in the garage. Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons also highly recommends utilizing wall space to store goods. We are still looking into wall hooks for the ladder, our bikes, RJ’s snowboard, and the dolly.
The laundry and extra fridge area (yeah, our garage is unfinished, so it’s kind of uggo):
The “feeding the masses”/extra cookware/extra serveware/paper goods storage rack and other miscellaneous goods:
On the “to buy” list is a plastic fake Christmas tree storage bin.
The home improvement/camping storage rack:
RJ’s workbench, with new Dollar Store bins to keep random tools, nails, hardware organized (RJ is still working on organizing the workbench):
And this is a fun surprise. In the beginning of the day, RJ told me that he wanted to invest in wall hooks to hang yard tools, like rakes, shovels, etc. I noticed these little notches in the wall for the first time and suggested that he hang some tools up in those wooden notches.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been there the whole 4 years we’ve lived in this house, just waiting for us to hang tools on them!! Perfect for our yard tools!!
It’s amazing the random things you find when you take the time to de-clutter!!
We aren’t completely finished organizing the garage yet, but we’ve finished a HUGE chunk of it.
We are pretty excited about our progress! Things are now easier to find and store via the labeled bins that have been categorized, and things are now WAY easier to access. Plus, we’ve found that when our space has been de-cluttered, it somehow brings us peace of mind as well.
Thanks for reading! And stay tuned for more from the Home Organization Challenge!