I’m sort of an organization nerd. As a kid, I organized for fun. I enjoyed cleaning my room (not the cleaning, mainly the organizing) and when that was done, I’d look for other things to organize. I had two little brothers and I’d take everything out of their backpacks once a week and organize it all.
They hated it. I loved it. Haha.
Well, I’m still a little like that. I love having an organized house. Not to the extent that everything is labeled and in similar containers.
Don’t get me wrong, though, I like that. No, I love it. I just don’t have the money and time for it. So, I meet in the middle. I just like for things to be in their place and to have a place.
Below is “the middle ground” that is found in my pantry. It’s not art. It’s not worthy of a tutorial, but it’s my version of being organized.
That’s part of our actual pantry. Yes, we like to stock up on certain foods. Can you guess which ones? Trust me, I’m not the pop tart lover. And, this flavor is hard to find!
I love to be organized so much, that if things are messy around me, I have a very hard time being productive and creative. Yet, on the other hand, I can sit there and see dust for quite some time before I’m driven to do anything about it. Tell me others are like that!
I have a whole Pinterest board where I pin ideas on how to be organized. There’s so much more we could do!
At the least, I need bills paid, papers filed, groceries put away, dishes in the dishwasher, the threads from my shedding area rugs vacuumed. Just the basics. I am alright with an unmade bed, a pair or two of shoes out and things like that… I’ve come a long way – that would not have been acceptable in the past. But, spouses do rub off on you, right? I think we meet in the middle on many things after all these years. And, it’s a good thing he has tamed that side of me down.
So, this weekend, we finally tackled our messy garage. It’s a three car tandem garage. That means one side is long enough to hold two cars, one parked behind the other. We had this at our last home as well. So, we use the extra car space for storage.
Let me back up for a second… it’s tough just having that space for storage as our first home was in Utah. You know, the land of basements and cold storage (look that up if you haven’t heard of it, I’ve just seen it in Utah)? Well, we had an unfinished basement and could store everything we wanted down there!
We got pretty spoiled. It was a real shocker when we moved to Arizona and suddenly had to fit everything inside the house or in the garage. I’m still adjusting.
The garage was almost just as it was when we moved in five months ago. Below is a before and after. it’s probably best to just show pictures.
We got the shelves from Lowe’s and put them together. It appeared super easy, but there is this one part where you are connecting the upper three shelves to the bottom three and it’s tough. Not even the best design.
We added pegboard on the walls so we could hang things that didn’t make sense to put on shelves.
The containers and such are things we had on hand. Very little money spent.
It took us a couple of half days to get this stuff in order. We’re not quite done, but it’s much better! I can breathe now and feel like we can really USE the space and enjoy doing projects… and find things.
We still need to add a work bench on the back wall, hang the ladders, and a few other odds and ends, but overall, we’re almost there and there is still plenty of room for the cars. Yay.
Have you organized your garage? Are you an organization nerd? Do you tend to clean out and redo each spring or just before school starts?
Oh, and those two huge boxes on the left hold our Christmas tree. The green organizers at the top hold the ornaments and décor. Where do you store your holiday stuff?