Monthly, I volunteer at a local homeless shelter (Samaritan House) in Charlotte which provides care for homeless guests who are recovering from a hospital stay. As you know from previous posts on their dining room and basement, this program is located in an older home which causes lots of storage and organization issues.
Recently, when I was working, the director, Miss Carrie, mentioned they were frustrated that they didn't have a place to store their outdoor equipment. As she started, I was thinking they just need a simple storage shed.
She went out to describe what she wanted to store….outdoor tablecloths, outdoor decorations, cleaning supplies. As she went on, I started thinking…wait, this needs to be really an "outdoor closet". Luckily, Rubbermaid just came out with new Roughneck sheds. The cool thing about these is that because they are double-walled (helps protect from the elements), they also have slots in the walls so that you can hang shelving or pegboard. The benefit is that the shed doesn't become a disorganized dumping ground for stuff. I thought this would be perfect for Miss Carrie's storage needs.
I shipped a shed to them. Luckily, when I called to see if it had made it, she said some high school kids who were volunteering put it together in less than a half hour! Awesome…
When I got there though, they had just placed their stuff in it. As you can see, this is not optimal for maximizing the organization potential.
So, I installed a Homefree closet kit which I have a lot of experience with, and went on an organizing mission also using Roughneck totes to provide more storage for these items. My part of the project took less than ten minutes.
Miss Carrie was so excited she had an organized home for her stuff, she gave me a hug. In looking back, I realize I should have put labels on the totes for her. I will be sure to tackle this next visit!