Getting Organized

Hello sweet friends! There’s a lot going on around the new house lately, but the most exciting thing that happened is that I got the garage organized!!

Ok so I realize a post about cleaning a garage is not the most exciting post. Honestly I never imagined I would ever write a post about cleaning my garage, but it is kind of like a makeover… I mean especially when the last time you visited, it looked like this:

It was probably the star of my Hot Mess Tour (see it HERE if you missed it!) since it was by far the hottest mess going in our new place.

Two days of grimy sweat and now it looks like this:

I know, right?? I can hardly believe it myself.

So where did it all go?

Some of it ended up in my storage room which once looked like this:

I was also able to get it somewhat organized:

That far wall is housing all of my wall décor since I have yet to hang a single thing up in the house.

I didn’t realize I had accumulated so many gold mirrors:

The other side of the room is where my stash currently resides:

 

This room isn’t huge so it should help me to keep my stash at a minimum, right? Here’s hoping! I did manage to dwindle it down quite a bit before the big move though. It is really nice to have a dedicated storage space!

To help get the garage organized, I started by hanging my peg board tool wall that I shared the other day:

Pegboard tool wall

If you have never hung pegboard before, it is pretty easy. I bought three 1x2s at Lowes. The peg board has to sit away from the wall a bit so you can get the hardware inserted. I purchased all of mine at Lowes.

Here’s a quick rundown on how to hang a peg board wall in case anyone is interested:

I found my studs using a stud finder first. (Never trust something heavy like this to anchors!) Once you find a stud, they are generally 16″ apart so you can just measure and mark every 16″ and you should find a stud.

Then I attached my 1x2s with 2 1/2″wood screws and screwed them right into the studs:

I used a level as I went to ensure they were level.

Then I just screwed the peg board into the 1x2s:

How to install peg board.

This started as a 4’x8′ sheet that I had the guys at Lowes cut into four for me….much easier to manage that way!

Then I erected two sets of metal shelves we brought over from our old garage:

Perfect for getting a good amount of stuff off the floor.

And I was able to finally unpack all of my painting supplies…hi my babies, I’ve missed you!

The two gray cabinets also came from my old garage and are perfect for housing all of my paint supplies and knobs and pulls:

And that gray cabinet in the corner? That also housed supplies in my old garage. It was a housewarming gift from my parents when I bought my first house. It used to house our big box TV. It started out unfinished and I painted it navy blue, then white.

The white hadn’t worn very well with it hanging out in the workshop and it looked so pitiful:

I found a jar of Fusion Mineral Paint in Pebble and decided to give it a bit of a facelift to blend with the other cabinets.

Now it blends right in:

It felt really good to paint furniture again! This cabinet holds a ton of supplies.

The workbench was a DIY build from scraps that I built a few years ago. It is my main work surface, and is on wheels so it’s easy to move around if need be.

And finally, behind the work bench I hung these organizers I found at Home Depot for all of our lawn tools:

The easiest way to hang something like this in my opinion is to hang a strip of wood on the wall first so you can screw it right into the studs, then you can screw the organizer into the wood anywhere you want. (The holes in the organizers would not have lined up with the studs the way I needed them to.)

The wood pieces I used were actually beds slats that Home Depot sells for a couple dollars each and they worked perfectly.

We had all of our lawn tools in a big bucket at our last house so it is really nice to have them organized. (Hopefully they are all still hanging by morning!)

Update: A few of the fatter-handled tools had slipped out of the holders, but I just flipped them around and hung them the other way by their “necks”. They’ve held up so far that way.

The workshop is open for business!

My first client is that round table to the right. 🙂

I hope to get working on that soon!

Now you know where all the magic will happen in this house. (Not that kind of magic…my projects, friends, I’m talking about my projects.)

I’m also ready to tackle removing the existing flooring in the dining room and my office. Then paint…then I’ll install the same flooring I used in my living room. THEN I will feel free to start decorating! That will be the fun part!

Before I go, and in case you missed it, I teamed up with a couple of gals for another CRAFT JUNK GIVEAWAY!August Craft Junk Giveaway!

Imagine me digging through my garage the way it looked in the first photo I shared, to find goodies for my giveaway box…I must really love you guys! ( I do!!) I found a few more things to throw in while organizing out there too. This is a fun box! Go HERE to register to win! You can enter once a day every day until it ends on August 20th at 12:00 am.

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. Christina in FL says:

    Holy smokes Christy, you have been busy busy busy!!! Congratulations on getting SO much done! Beautiful!!

    • I know, right?? I’m feeling it today ha ha. Thanks for the encouragement, Christina! XOXO

  2. I doubt that our garage will ever become as organized as yours is now, too much stuff in there, but seeing yours makes me hopeful!

  3. Jamie Kennemer says:

    Love The pegboard and such organization! Whoohoo! You inspired me with that rolling work table. I have 4×4’s screaming at me now! Looks pretty easy so hopefully I can make one too! Thank you! Can’t wait til the next update!!

    • I was hoping someone out there might find something in this post inspiring lol! That table is awesome…when I can keep it clutter free ha ha! XOXO

  4. Deirdre Breau says:

    Oh how I wish I had a designated work space for my furniture! I have to share a small boat port with the hubby and things can get tight.
    Any who, what is that fluffy stuff on the ceiling? It has me very intrigued.

    • I am really looking forward to painting in this garage since my old garage was super tight! The ceiling has a swirled texture in the plaster that looks a little 3D in the photos, but it is flat. 🙂

  5. Yay for nice organized spaces! Needs to clean out our garage. I’m inspired! 😉

    • I know, right?? I worked so had out there so although it was not that exciting to share, I really wanted to ha ha! XOXO

  6. Patty Smith says:

    Nice job, you must be exhausted and will need a vacation after all this is done.

  7. I am impressed by your organizing the garage so quickly! That is a big project! Love the rolling work bench/shelves. It would come in handy in our garage. Might have to tackle that… Looking forward to see what you will do with the rest of the house. Don’t work too hard…take time to have some fun! xoxo

    • It was a big project, but I just wanted it done. Now I can tackle the more fun parts! Thanks for the reminder to breathe…I need that sometimes! XOXO

  8. Great job, Christy! Maybe this will inspire me to organize my shop 😉
    Could you tell me if you use flexible or rigid points in your point driver to secure your chalkboards? Thanks!

  9. Marcie Lovett says:

    That was fun! I spy all kinds of great stuff in the stash (and, yeah, that IS an awful lot of gold mirrors!). Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

    • Did you see all the flatware boxes I have yet to do anything with?? And yes that IS a lot of gold mirrors…maybe I could do a mirror wall? So many options! XOXO

  10. LeAnn Hileman says:

    You have gotten so much done! You should be proud of yourself!

  11. Anita Ellison says:

    OMG! My heart skipped a beat when I saw your pegboard fully outfitted!! Your bins and small parts containers look amazing on the pegboard in your shop! Thank you for showing me how easy it is to hang pegboard. Gonna use my gift card to Lowes to get started on my own pegboard organizer!

    • I am so thrilled that you found this post helpful, Anita! I love to have my tools organized and peg board is perfect! Good luck with yours! XOXO

  12. chris tucker says:

    i am sympathetic with all your pain from moving, it seems like someone else snuck a bunch of their stuff into yours huh ha ha, we moved seven times in eight years and when we bought this house i told them they were going to have to take me out in a pine box to move me again, we closed on this house on the 9th moved in on the 10th and my daughter gave birth to my second grandson on the 11th, i didn’t know if i was coming or going forever lol xx

    • Seven times in eight years??? You should win an award or something…you were a serial mover ha ha! Glad you found your forever home, even if it was quite chaotic at the time! I am still in that ‘don’t know if I’m coming or going’ mode, but it will get better…right?? XOXO

  13. Linda Petersen says:

    The garage/workshop looks so good! Your stash room is amazing. Where do you set up your sewing machine & supplies? Will it be in the same room? Or do you pull it out only when you are going to work on something specific.

    • Thanks, Linda!! I love having a room just for my stash! And now my garage actually looks like a garage with all of that out of there. Our front sitting room is going to function as my office and I think I am going to put my machine in there. I do keep it tucked away in a sewing machine cabinet, and I will probably continue to do that here and just pull it out as needed. 🙂

  14. Your garage looks so organized, that is a lot of hard work. So now the rest of the house awaits you, such fun haha.
    that box of stuff you are giving away looks great, I could have some fun with that.

  15. Well let me tell you that you have done a great job! That is what I call progress. Moving is no easy task but you seem to have a handle on it. Congrats on your new house.

  16. Mary Kaiser says:

    I Love your garage and storage room. I so wish I had that much space for projects.

    • Thank you, Mary! A place to store my good was high on my list of wants for our new home. I’m so glad that worked out! XOXO

  17. The collection of mirrors in your garage are beautiful. I would arrange them all on one wall, I think that would be a wonderful display. I might start collecting mirrors

  18. Just a quick question, what classes did you take to be able to complete the diy you do. Thanks Pam

    • A lot of trial and error ha ha! My Dad was in the military growing up and he was away more than he was home. I saw my Mom tackle so many DIY projects out of necessity, and I guess it made me confident to try just about anything too! 🙂

  19. Your garage looks great! I know when you go in there you breathe a sigh of relief to see that organized space. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with that table!

    • Thanks, Paula, and yes!! That is a load off…definitely the most unorganized space we had! Hoping to tackle the table this weekend! XOXO

  20. Yay! The worst is OVER!!!… at least I always think of the garage as the worst, haha! Garages are hot, dirty, full of BIG HEAVY things, and always contain the stuff you least want to make decisions about/deal with. Yours is looking good! On to “funner” things!

    • Yes, Becky! I absolutely agree! I was covered in grime from head to toe and my poor body…oh my poor body ha ha. SO glad to cross that off the list! Already planning a way more fun project! 🙂

  21. Oh my gosh, you know I am temporarily (haha) living vicariously through you, don’t you ?! Oh to have all that space, craft room and garage….and have enough space to be that organized too! Sigh…one day soon!! 🙂 xoxo

    • Oh ha ha I know you are! Your time is coming, girl!! I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a separate space to store all that crap that makes the garage look so cluttered! Now our garage looks like a garage lol!! XOXO

  22. I love your organization ideas and thank you Mine would never stay once done! LOL!!!!!!

    • Thank you, Norma! I am terrible at keeping my garage neat and organized…hoping I will do better this time ha ha! 🙂

  23. You are “on fire” girl!!! The garage is inspiring!! I cannot wait to see the end results in the house! Love your new home!!