After the landscaping project, Ivan and I decide to embark on a long awaited project… the garage. We really needed to get the garage cleaned up. It was getting bad. I was afraid to go out into it for fear spiders might kill me. Yes, I have a very irrational, verging on phobia, fear of spiders… Here are some before pictures (yes it was a mess):
We have a very small garage to begin with so without proper organization, it gets crazy really quickly.
Anyway, the first step was to get the rakes, brooms, and anything with a handle off of the floor and onto the wall. The wall space was completely un-utilized. We found an awesome solution with one quick trip to Lowes: the Rubbermaid Fasttrack. This is basically a rail that you attach to multiple studs. Then you attach a variety of different hooks to it. We purchased one 8 foot rail and one 4 foot rail. This was step one in the garage overhaul. This step alone create a lot of space.
The next step was to get the bikes onto the wall. This was a bit tougher to figure out. We debated a few different solutions from hanging them on the wall, to hanging them from the ceiling etc. Our biggest problem was the width of the garage. We couldn’t put them on the back wall because there was a rack there. Additionally, there is a ladder that pulls down from the attic and doesn’t allow much space between it and the wall. The only option really available to us was to put them on the wall near the Miata (it’s a good thing we have such a small car!!!). The bikes fit PERFECTLY. The way we hung them also left plenty of room for me to get in and out of the car. It was such a relief to get those bikes off the floor. They really took up a lot of space.
After we had fully utilized the wall space, we decided that we needed to add another rack. We already had one rack in our garage (that was originally purchased for my first dorm room). It worked really well in the garage. We also had this extra plastic Rubbermaid cabinet that we put in the garage after we built out the shelves in the laundry room. The problem with this shelving unit is that it was too small. We upgraded for around $50 and purchased a new rack from Target. It is EXTREMELY similar to the one we already owned (which is a plus!). We also got some plastic tubs to hold paint supplies, extra power cords etc. We are loving how it looks!
We even took the extra step and swept/vacuumed the garage! I know, it’s a bit neurotic.. but hey.. no bugs! We also applied a bug barrier to the entire garage.
It may be weird to be this excited about the garage… but I am! I love walking out the door in the morning and bam.. the clean garage just hits me in the face. Then when I come home from work, bam the clean garage hits me again! So what do you think?