put it up^

17th May 2016

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Yay for an organizing project and blog post that’s not about my kids!!

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This was my first big job since Joseph was born and maybe my biggest project EVER and I absolutely loved it!  For some people, I understand this is a nightmare, but going through a bunch of stuff and making sense of piles is therapeutic for me and something I love to do with my free time.  The design aspect is a great creative outlet and who doesn’t love a good before and after shot?

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I really enjoyed this client’s garage.  Working outside with the beautiful Texas weather was a treat and I loved tracking the visual progress.

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Like most of my projects, we started sorting through all the ‘stuff’ making different piles of keeps and tosses and then went back through categorizing items like outdoor cooking, beach toys, automotive, etc.

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The solution to storage in this space was to put everything up, vertically.  This was a dream garage with tons of un-utilized vertical space, so we purchased 4 industrial shelving units and large utility bins from Costco along with a DIY workbench and track system from Home Depot.

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IMG_5677The biggest challenge in the project was making room for the furniture that my client is storing for relatives and children who want these heirloom pieces for their adult houses.  We were able to pass some along to the family now, but the remaining pieces found homes in left over wall space. The large banquet table is a great ‘shed’ for big tools like the shop vac and tiller, but can still be pulled out easily for large gatherings.

On the design side, we carried out black, yellow, and steel throughout the space.  I painted the legs of the diy work bench and the wooden tracks black so they would look more finished.

The outlet for the freezer was located on the left side of the garage, so we installed a shelving unit to hold food and beverage related items like ice chests, propane tanks, burners, and charcoal.  Extra shelf space allows the client to stock up on party supplies like bottled water and soda.

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We parked three rolling bins under the window, each filled with sports equipment, yard games, and pool toys that the grandkids can easily roll out to play and toss back in when they are finished.

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We centered the workbench under the utility light and added three wooden, 8 ft tracks on each side with individual hooks to hang items.  TIP:  Lay out your tools/hanging gear on the ground to determine spacing, almost like playing Tetris, that way you don’t put unnecessary holes in the track as you go and risk running out of room.

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The right side of the garage is home to three side by side shelving units with just enough left over space to store a set of tables and folding chairs. The open space in the middle is used for the foosball tables and parking the lawn mower.

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I enjoyed the challenge of this big project and loved hearing that the family has spent more time outside since it was finished!

If you like this garage and want me to come organize yours, check out my services page and email me at letsGITorganized@gmail.com, I would LOVE to!

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