Hello beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing a different kind of makeover! I’ve had requests by a few to share my workspace. I think we can all agree that we are way more productive when we have a clean, organized workspace, am I right?
My workspace is in our two-car garage. The problem is, although I do tidy up my work area quite often, I was destined to repeatedly destroy it within just a week or so due to the lack of functional organization!
That has all changed and now I am actually excited to share my new, super organized, and way more functional workspace!
First, here is our garage after I first got it organized shortly after we moved in back in 2017:
I set my work area up in the corner in front of the window. In our new house, I now had a dedicated storage room just inside the house that was perfect to store all my project pieces.
And here is how it looked before I got organized:
Can you even see my work area in that back corner now?? My storage room is also acting as Miss Lyla’s room at the moment where we keep her box, etc, so I have been keeping my current haul in the garage as I work through it.
If you were a neighbor passing by, from this view, you might think our garage was full, but not too terribly messy.
But then as we get a more head-on view, it gets worse:
I was finding myself stuffed in this corner, surrounded by chaos:
I built this work table back in 2013 out of a couple of sheets of plywood and some 4 x 4s we had left over from our fence installation. It was totally function over form, except it has never functioned that well.
I knew I had to do something to make it function smarter and so I did!
Turning my bench allowed me to make good use of both sides. I cleared everything off the shelves and started over using these stackable drawers to help me get organized!
Cue the angels singing! I looked everywhere locally and finally found these on Amazon, and they are the BEST!
I can easily organize so many things, and because they are drawers, I don’t have to pull individual bins out, take off the lids, etc, I can just open, get what I need and close them!
I actually want to put things back where they belong! Here I have a drawer for misc parts likes wheels and such, tape, glue sticks, gloves, sponges, you name it! I could not be more excited about it!
For the other side, I found these wider stackable drawers:
They hold everything from hardware…
To paint brushes….
I also purchased a few regular clear bins to hold other things like my drop cloths and rags. I used to keep my paper towels on my old kitchen mini island that I brought over from the other house, along with a ton of other supplies that I piled on top of it. I instead made space for some of these things underneath so I can keep the top absolutely clear in between projects!
I use two narrow cabinets that I brought from our other house to hold all my paint supplies. They were overflowing before:
You can see how organized that hot mess was! Those poor sagging shelves too!
I didn’t do anything about the sagging shelves, but I did clear everything out and only put back what I would absolutely use!
I have a huge bin of products, many of which were sent to me, that I was going to donate. However, if any of you are interested in me doing another craft junk giveaway with some of these products, I’d be glad to. Just let me know in the comments! Many of these products are slightly used just so you know!
And my other cabinet:
This large cabinet in the corner used to house the TV back when I bought my first house and I have kept it for storage, but it was shamefully disgusting:
Definitely not the best way to store fabric!
I used more of these clear bins to organize my fabric on top of the cabinets:
I tried to organize it by color. This is only part of my fabric stash. The rest is in the dresser I use for storage in my office.
I used to house my spray paint on these metal shelves along the back wall:
I moved it this cabinet so it is much more accessible now:
This cabinet worked great for housing my stencils since it is so deep, so they stayed put.
The bottom holds all my wall-painting supplies like trays, rollers, etc.
I stacked my haul a little neater. And actually my pile has shrunk since I took this photo. The table and windsor chair are done and in my booth, and the China Cabinet is in the dining room waiting for its photo shoot!
Here was my view from the house before:
Absolutely tragic! I had to walk all the way around my pile of crap to even get to my work area!
Our tools hang on a pegboard I installed to the right of the garage door. I used to have my tape, brushes, and staple guns hanging here, but since I have moved them to my drawers, I was able to reorganize and uncrowd this area as well:
I organized pretty much the whole garage which made my Hubby a very happy man!
Here is the left side:
And here are our saws and tools to the right:
It feels so good to finally get organized in a way that will be easy keep up!
I don’t know how many of you needed to see this post to know that you are not alone in the struggle to stay organized, but I hope baring my mess of a workspace and how I finally got it organized was helpful!
I can’t tell you how much more productive I have been! I got several smalls lined up and redone that I will be back to share on Tuesday, along with this cookbook holder from my Winter Thrifty haul:
UPDATE! See how this piece and four others look now HERE!
Have an amazing weekend!!
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