The first thing I did was clean out the garage. There was crown moulding, lumber, tools in boxes, toys, clothes to donate, pieces to the stroller, saw dust and a bunch of other crap laying EVERYWHERE. We were keeping nails and tools and painting supplies in about 6 cardboard boxes. Every time we get ready to do a project it takes 30 minutes to track down the right tools and by that time we are frustrated. It was ridiculous to say the least. A simple hammering of a nail in the wall took 45 minutes and should have taken one. Waste. Of. Time.
This project definitely falls into the Phase 1 category. It was a disaster, and now it isn't. It has some organization, but nothing pretty. We know where the tools are. The deep freezer is out of the box and dangerous items are out of reach. All of the lumber is off the floor and there is space for toys to be moved around. It is no longer embarrassing to open the door during daylight.
All of the before pictures: (some stuff had already been moved out of the way)
I am sure you are wondering why there are sponge painted walls, me too. We didn't do it but we do hope to paint over it some day. It is a little busy and just plain ugly. It's not the only room in the house that had sponge paint either, but that's for another day.
Here is after the first day:
|These are all of the boxes full of tools, paint supplies, paint swatches, and other random items.|
This shelf was in the laundry room, but I moved it out to eventually hold extra toilet paper and paper towels and paint.
|The garbage cans all have a place along with the lawn mower and all of the tools are put back on the rack in the left corner.|
|I love the lumber bars on the side wall. It prevents everything from being in the way and getting pushed around the garage floor.|
That was a lot of pictures, but I love a good before and after. Again there is still a lot to work on, but at least we can see the floor and what is actually in that garage. It feels good! I am hoping we can keep it this way to make all of our other projects move a lot faster and less stressful.