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My Garage Adventure

This post is written by Kamie. Kamie works for Calphalon, one of the brands owned by our parent company Newell-Rubbermaid. She heard Jim talking about his garage makeover and was inspired to organize her garage. Well, of course we were more than happy to help her out :)

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With the approach of spring I begin dreaming about one of my favorite activities of the year, picking out and planting annuals and perennials on my patio and around my yard.  I tell you this because my thoughts progress as follows:  what tools do I need to replace, what do I have, oh my gosh, our garage is a wreck!

Kamie Garage 1

So as I stand looking around our two car garage, I realize that this room probably reflects our lives and interests more accurately than any other room in our house.  Gardening tools and supplies, fishing equipment, golf clubs, sports equipment, extra supplies, extra refrigerator, various power tools, the 10 foot ladder for the Christmas tree and ride on toys for our two year old.  Whew, that is a lot of stuff in one space.

Kamie Garage 2

Here are the three goals I would like to accomplish:

  1. My husband is out.  Actually his car is, and I would like to redesign the space now that we plan to only keep one car in the garage.  This will allow us to rethink how to best organize the placement of items based on need and frequency.
  2. Hide things.  I would really like to NOT see every bottle, can, tool, and ball out in the open.  It is important to figure out how to utilize boxes, bins and cabinets to make it visually more appealing while keeping like things in close proximity.
  3. Keep it up.  Making sure that getting to things doesn’t mean creating a new mess so we have a chance to keep it organized.

Please give me your ideas for making over my garage into a useful and neat space.

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MY GARAGE ADVENTURE
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2 Responses to My Garage Adventure

  1. DogsMom February 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Group like things together, or things used together in one area. Try to differentiate areas with some color. Green for gardening, Blue for pool and water supplies, Red for holiday, Yellow for toys, or whatever makes sense for you. If you can, use rolling carts for some things, but rubbermade containers on those carts. I am also a huge fan of cabinets, hanging or free standing. Can be safety locked for child safety.

  2. Tweetandtidy February 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Great idea to do this. I would suggest that you put things in little ‘workstations’ that you can carry around, if you need to, as much as is practical. So maybe all your basic gardening stuff like trowel and gloves in a small plastic crate that you can bring out into the garden when you work… Next all the little ‘diy’ things, sort of like a sewing/mending basket, ie nails, hammer, picture hooks, stanley knife etc again in a small plastic crate so that it’s easy to take to wherever you’re making a repair. Try to group and place sports equipment so that it’s easy to get out an use and any related stuff to that particular activity is near it and accessible. When you’ve worked out what you want to keep and how you want to store it, you might need to install some shelves or a peg board for bigger or less often used tools etc.
    Hope this idea helps!

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