Hey guess what? Today isn’t the final link up, it’s next week. So for everyone who thought they couldn’t get their garages done in time, you have one more week. And I understand it’s a long weekend in the US this weekend, so that even gives you an extra day! What? You don’t want to spend your long weekend organizing your garage? Really? I don’t understand why :) However I will tell you this, doing something, any little thing is better than doing nothing at all. So I challenge you to set aside ONE hour this weekend. One solid hour, that’s it, to tackle your garage. You will be amazed at what you can get done in an hour. Start by pulling out all the stuff you know is junk and can be thrown away or donated. Load up your truck for the dump, call one of those junk trunks (depending where you live of course) to swing by and grab it or stick it at the end of your driveway with a big ole free sign on it. You will feel amazing I promise you!
And listen up all the rest of you without garages, this little challenge extends to any area of your home that needs a little organizational TLC. What have you been putting off forever? One hour. Tell yourself just one hour. Anyone can find one hour in a long weekend. Right? Right? I want to hear about it afterwards my friends because I’m nosy that way and well I know you won’t let me down. You can do this! One hour.
Now back to the garage challenge. Those who have been following from the beginning know that this week is all about the Evaluate and Simplify steps of the PROCESS.
Evaluate plan – how is your system working for you – are you able to work your system? What needs to be modified? A good system should be easy to maintain
Solve/Simplify any remaining issues. Address anything that isn’t working for you – revise accordingly
My own garage hasn’t changed much in the last week since I last showed it to you. However today I thought I would show you some of smaller details that help me maximize space and improve functionality. These systems don’t necessarily cost a lot of money as I’ve been able to use what we had around the house to pull it together.
First up is my backpack station that sits just outside the door that leads into the house. In this home I didn’t have room for the backpack station inside so this was the next best thing. We simply added some hooks to the wall and we were good to go. We also added the magnetic white board above it for notes and things.
On the door itself I’ve added a fantastic gear pocket storage organizer (watch for it in my shop soon!). Our entryway is ridiculously small so since this door opens up into the entryway it made sense to utilize this vertical storage space. I use it to hold our seasonal hats/mitts/sunglasses that type of thing. It’s hung up with Command hooks. Love it!
Then across from the backpack station sits our recycle station. This I created using an old shelving unit, a recycle bin we found years ago in our backyard ravine and for our paper products I simply use a lawn bag holder. That way we can dump our paper/cardboard right into the blue recycle bag so that on recycle day we just have to tie the bag off and stick it on the curb. Easy!
Next I took care of some labeling. I added some toy bins that I’ve had these for years and just keep moving them around my house. The labels I used are fun adhesive chalk labels that I sell in my shop.
Next are the bike helmets. I hang them on an otherwise un-used space on the back of the door to the outside.
These are also hung with Command hooks.
In this picture you can see I use a simple cardboard box to hold hockey sticks and other outdoor toys. The old cabinet was one I picked up at a garage sale years ago and for a long time it was used as a craft cupboard. Now we’ve put it to good use as garage storage. It holds paint supplies and other odds and sodds. I’ve got to organize the inside yet.
Remember it doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has be functional.
Now Sharon, over at Mom of 6, is making headway herself on her garage. I love the inexpensive solutions they’ve came up with for all the outdoor toys so that they take up less space on the garage floor.
Now they have room for all EIGHT bikes. Yep, eight! That’s a lot of space needed and they’ve made it work. Go check it out. So proud of them!
If you would like to provide a garage update of your own, simply join us by linking up below. We’d love to see what you’ve got going on.
Have a great long weekend and remember ONE HOUR!!!