Organizing a Car Care Center + Giveaway!

This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Keter. All opinions expressed are genuinely my own.

How to Organize a Car Care Center with the Keter Optima Utility Cabinet at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

As many long time readers here will know, my husband doesn’t share my love of organization. He essentially thinks organizing is all about putting your stuff into neat piles and that’s basically it. Umm no, there’s just a wee bit more to it than that, he should totally read my blog. He never wants to part with anything because he just might need it someday.  Luckily his piles are contained to just a few places in the house, one of which is the garage. The garage is his domain and I try to respect his space. However I park my van in the garage so I do need some available space. After 28 years together though I have learned that there is no point nagging or pushing him to let go of things. Eventually he will, out of the blue, purge some stuff all on his own. Until then, I simply try and help him find places to contain ALL.THE.THINGS.

This week’s organizing fix project comes to us courtesy of Keter. They provided me with an Optima Wonder Utility Cabinet and I knew exactly how I wanted to use it in the garage.  My husband is awesome at looking after and maintaining our vehicles. However with that comes a lot of products that need a home as opposed to them being scattered here, there and everywhere. Plus my son has his own car now and he has started his own collection of car care items. This cabinet provided the perfect solution to keep all the car care related products in one place. Cue the angels singing!

The problem with products being scattered about in different spaces and areas of your home is you forget what you have especially when you can’t find what you need when you need it. Then more is purchased which just perpetuates the cycle of too much stuff and not enough space.

Here’s how the cabinet turned out.

Keter Wonder Cabinet 10

Keter Wonder Cabinet 5

I had so much fun organizing this space. My husband is a good sport and gave me free reign over setting up the inside of it. He humors me knowing how happy it makes me. I’m pretty sure he couldn’t care less about the different categorization of products but it just looks so nice and gets me all giddy. My husband does however care about the fact that this cabinet sits up off the ground which is necessary for our snowy slushy days when the garage floor gets all wet. As you can see in the picture, the old dresser we use to store paint supplies isn’t ideal because the bottom gets all wet and soaks up the water.

In addition, my husband also really appreciates that because this cabinet is made of resin, it can easily be wiped down especially considering the products being stored in there, specifically oil, can get pretty messy. So I’ll let my husband care about those kinds of details while I take care of all the fun stuff. We really do complement each other well :)

Keter Wonder Cabinet

The bins I used on the inside are really old, I’ve had them for at least eight years. Some of you who have been with me that long might remember I purchased them at a grocery store of all places! They have cycled their way around my house from kid’s rooms to my entryway closet to the garage. The number of products I had to categorize was crazy town. I don’t even understand what half of them do….we’ve got waxes, shines, polishes, tire stuff, headlight stuff, cleaners, foams….oh my goodness. Now I know how my husband must feel about all my different hair products!  I think I did okay though narrowing it all down into 5 different categories.

The chalkboard labels and the white baskets I used to hold rags are from the dollar store.

Keter Wonder Cabinet 3

Here’s another neat featured about this cabinet that both my husband and I can appreciate. Each shelf on the left hand side has a removable section in the front that you can slide out creating space for brooms or other long handled items as this video demonstrates.

How cool is that? Two other highlights I think are awesome…each shelf holds up to 66 pounds and a lock can be added to the outside of this cabinet which is a really nice feature if you have young kids and don’t want them to get into dangerous chemicals. Would also be great in a laundry room to store household cleaners.

Keter Cabinet Wonder 7

I just love how it turned out. It basically was a win win for both us. I get all these products up off the garage floor making room for my van and my husband gets to see everything he owns in one spot so maybe he won’t buy more. Ok that might not really happen but at least there’s still some extra space in the cabinet to grow :)

Giveaway:

Keter has kindly offered to give away one of these awesome cabinets to one lucky reader.  Simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below, as always only the first task (leaving a comment) is mandatory, all the rest after that are bonus entries if you are interested. Giveaway open to those living in the US and Canada. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, April 20th at 4:00 pm MT. Good luck!

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Filed under: Clutter Control, Containerizing, Garage

Comments

81 Responses to Organizing a Car Care Center + Giveaway!

  1. 1
    Mary says

    I can think of so many uses for that good looking cabinet!!!!! I realize how happy YOU are being able to organize your husband’s garage “messes”. The garage drives me crazy.

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    Leigh Hyatt says

    I would use it in my basement – being off the ‘floor’ is great as my basement gets wet – and I would store my stockpile of Laundry detergent/softners and other cleaners in it!

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      Nicola T says

      What a great design! It would be perfect for our laundry room, to store the detergents and cleaning products safely and our of readh of the kids. Would love to win one!!!

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    Patti MacKenzie says

    This is what I’ve been looking for to contain all the outdoor toys for my boys!

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    Jillian says

    This looks amazing! I love the idea of removable shelves for long handled items. Thank you for offering a giveaway!

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    Jessica says

    Thank you for the inspiration! I have been afraid to try to tackle the garage because of all of the car things- now I know it’s possible! What a great cabinet too!

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    Jonnie says

    I would store all the odds and ends that pile up in our garage. There’s tools, cleaning supplies, extra household and car supplies. My husband would be so happy if we had a place to keep it all together and organized.

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    Brenda Penton says

    I would store linens, cleaning supplies, pet supplies and maybe some household tools in it

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    Krista M says

    I would use this to store all my cleaning products, plus stuff like paper towels, dish cloths, lightbulbs, batteries, flashlight. It would free up a lot of space in my kitchen to be able to move all that to this cabinet!

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    Esther says

    I’d store basement stuff!

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    Laure says

    Would also use it in the garage!

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    Beth Minyard says

    Gosh, I’m not sure. I’d probably store sports equipment or something!

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    Susie says

    This would be perfect in my garage too. I have such an assortment of odds and ends that need to be organized and hidden away.

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    Linda Kish says

    That’s a cool cabinet. We have a lot of over-sized tabletop tools that could be stored inside. My son has been looking for a place to put them.

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    Karrie A Millheim says

    I would organize my cleaning products in here. I need something like this in the worst way

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    linda says

    this would be so great for all of the cleaning supplies that i have stashed in every little corner of the house

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    Tina L. says

    I would store cleaning supplies, linen and household supplies

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    Holly says

    This would be great for my tiny tool collection and overflow of toiletries, TP, etc. I don’t have a ton of storage space, and it’s always those things that end up crammed in somewhere else.

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    Megan C says

    I love how this turned out!! Can’t wait to start organizing everything!!

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    Sararai4u says

    I would really love to replace my grocery cabinet.

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    Christopher Mason says

    Dead bodies… no, I’m just joking… or am I.

    Probably random clutter that should have been thrown out 2 decades ago.

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    Jolynda Maynard says

    I would organize my girls’ softball equipment. Their Dad is their coach, so there is a lot of stuff!

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    donna says

    would love to put my kids tennis stringing gear and grips in here!

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    Hilda says

    What a cool cabinet! I love the pop out shelf thing for tall handles. I would use this in my laundry room to organize all our cleaning supplies (including some long handled items!).

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    Lana says

    We need to store and organize painting supplies and paint. It is all over the garage and we have a hrd tome findiing what wwe need.

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    Ann says

    I’m in the process of re-doing my garage; so this cabinet would be great for car cleaning stuff. Plus I’d put some of my personal gym equipment in here too!

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    Melissa A says

    I don’t know what I would store in here. It would work really well in the garage, or in the basement storage area, or the shed maybe. There’s too many places I could use this!

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    Sandra Clayton Rose says

    I have a lot of stuff I have no where to put from moving in with my mother… So I can put this cabinet to good use… I would love to have it…

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    Lynne B says

    We don’t have quite as many car care items (have to give away before each military move) but I’d love to put that on the top shelves and the gardening tools & supplies below. I would be a perfect solution to our need for garage storage in this rental house.

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    Tina Gibbs says

    I think this would make a great cabinet to organize my child craft materials!!

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    Sara P says

    Car supplies, tools and all the cycling stuff that has recently taken over the garage.

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    marthalynn says

    I love this! Brilliant idea to make it a car-care closet. I would use this to store all of our cleaning supplies, as you suggested. Right now, they’re scattered amongst our laundry room, bathrooms, and kitchen!

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    Hilary Mahoney says

    I would most likely use it to store craft supplies.

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    Liz says

    EVERYTHING in the garage. We’ve got some small knick knacks and cleaning supplies for the cars, etc.

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    Jenny says

    Wow! I could use this Utility Cabinet for so many things. I could put all of our the vehicles cleaning and washing items so I can free up space in my jam packed small storage room. Not only would I put the car supplies in there, but I can finally put all my cleaning supplies in one area all neat and organized. Yea!! I could maybe use it as a Pantry as well since I don’t have one or any drawers. I could get everything off my counters and in one area as well. Great Giveaway, hope I can win this

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    Pattie says

    Love your organizing.

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    Coralee says

    I would use it in the garage for lawn chemicals and car care!

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    Amy S. says

    I would love to use this cabinet to store long term food storage. I love that each shelf can hold so much weight.

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    Christine says

    I have a tonne of places I could use this! I was just cleaning the craft room today thinking “what am I going to do with all this stuff!?” Now I know, fingers crossed ;)

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    KimCJ says

    This looks like a fantastic, versatile cabinet! I would love to have one. I would use it to store gardening supplies.

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    Lynette says

    I would use it in my basement to store paints and stains. Great job!

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    julie says

    this would be great for all of my gardening tools and materials

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    Cathy says

    I would store my stockpile of laundry supplies, which are in the garage. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Jill says

    This is awesome! I would use it for all the cleaning supplies and random things in the garage.

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    Jen W. says

    I just found your website while searching for bathroom organizing ideas and I’m in LOVE….. thank you so much for sharing your inspirational ideas. I’m hooked. And WOW, that cabinet – my husband would be in heaven if I organized his “man stuff” like you did. If I’m lucky enough to claim it – it will definitely be filled with garage goodies!

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    Leah says

    Love this cabinet! I would use in the garage to help organize our boat/fishing stuff or our painting and home remodeling stuff. Thank you for the great ideas!

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    Chris K. says

    The removable shelves are a great feature.

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    Heather Brandt says

    I might use to help with organization in our basement

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    prasert says

    i would put my hardware tools in it

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    Anna McDonald says

    I think I need two of these cabinets, one for garage, and one for canned goods. My cabinet I use for canned food, the shelves are bowing, with these holding 66 lbs. it sounds great.

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    marie says

    this would be great for my laundry materials

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    Amy says

    Outdoor toys, sports equipment, and gardening gear!

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    Anna H says

    Our garage could really use a product like this to help get all the kids’ sports equipment in order. Right now everything is cluttered on the floor and I’m great at tripping over it all!

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    Keri says

    The garage is my husband’s space too. I would use it to organize all the household stuff – paint supplies, chemicals, caulk, etc. that are taking over his space!

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    Sandi says

    We’d use this for pool chemicals and floaty toys.

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    ann says

    i would put all of my outdoor stuff in here

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    Christa says

    This cabinet would be amazing for storing all of the gardening supplies!

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    benessi says

    Oh, so many options!! Maybe a paint center? Or gardening stuff?

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    Alexis says

    I need a cabinet for storing emergency food and supplies in my basement. This would be perfect!

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    Binky says

    I would use this cabinet to organize all of my arts and crafts that I have lying all over the place and on the floor.

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    Muriel says

    This would be great for gardening supplies.

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    Jill Mays says

    I have been looking for a cabinet like this for my laundry room.

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    joellyn says

    A craft closet

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    Daria says

    What a great idea! I think I would use this cabinet for gardening tools, fertilizers, and the like. This could also work for our paint supplies. Great post!

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    Michelle J. says

    I’d store sports equipment.

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    Kathy G. says

    I would definitely use it in the garage. Either for car care supplies like you or perhaps for all my canning supplies.

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    sue says

    What a great item to give away!!! Looks so nice!!! :

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    Sandra says

    I would use this to organize the garage, especially all of my DIY tools!

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    Kristie says

    I would use it in the garage to store car care things and garden tools. How great that would be!!!!

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    Elise Harvey says

    I would use this for my husband’s tools. We desperately need some garage organization!

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    Kylie says

    I love this! I’m in an apartment, so this would be great in my laundry room to help with a lack of storage space, especially for cleaning supplies and tools.

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    Teresa says

    I live in an apartment and don’t really have a pantry so I would probably use this as a pantry and countertop appliance storage piece.

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    Denise Jensen says

    It would be awesome for organizing and storing my husbands tools in his shop! Also potentially very cool for kids art/craft supplies, puzzles, games etc…hmmmm. I do know I would put it to good use!

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    Kelly Osmond says

    I’d use it for both car cleaning and tools!

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    Helen says

    I love how sturdy it it, and the clean lines of the abinet.

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    Helen says

    OOps * cabinet, I meant

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    Amy Z. says

    I’d love to keep this in our garage for tools and supplies.

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    Lisa Markelon says

    I almost bought something similar this weekend- but decided to wait because of the cost. There are just too many things I would do with this that I’m not sure which would win out =}

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    Lindsay Leisner says

    I’d love to win this we have a giant laundry room with out any shelves that this would be perfect in. I have cleaning products store in too many places and would love to centralize them in a cabinet like this!!

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    Jo Johnson says

    I’d use this for cleaning products and craft overflow items.

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