Cleaning and Organizing the Garage!

Ugh, let me start by saying my lower back and feet are on FIRE and I’m soooo tired from cleaning and organizing my garage. I’m still not satisfied with it’s current state but I don’t have the money to buy any of the hooks and shelving I need to get alot of the clutter off of the floor at the moment and even if I did I’m just about out of energy.

I forgot to take a before picture before putting up my first metal rack and the shovel holder on the wall so these pictures aren’t really a TRUE reflection of how bad the garage had gotten before this summer. I was seriously so excited to get all of my shovels and brooms hung up so they weren’t leaning against all of the walls. That alone made a huge difference. The metal rack is from Costco and I think was about $80. They’re expensive but I like that they’re on wheels and I can move them to clean and I can take them with me if we decide to move. They’re also super sturdy and hold alot of weight. I can stand on the shelves without worrying they’re bend or break which is nice.

I spent alot of my time clearing cobwebs, getting rid of spiders (and LOTS of their eggs *ewwww*) sweeping, hosing things down, hanging them on my new pegboard I just installed and putting things in the little white drawer unit (that was previously empty and covered in dirt) next to my metal shelving unit. I also threw a bunch of things out and consolidated things so that I was able to get rid of about 4 empty cardboard boxes when I was done. I do still have some unused space on my metal rack so I may move some things around to maximize the storage capacity but I’ll leave that for another day. I was able to move the BBQ back by the wall and toward door opening so it will be really easy to get in and out to grill. If you hover the mouse over each picture it will tell you if it was a before or after shot and as always you can click to view anything larger.

Here’s a group of befores of the third bay area of the garage.

The area that I think is the biggest difference.

After Cleaning
After Cleaning
After Cleaning
After Cleaning
Disregard the green storage boxes–those are moving to the basement and the cardboard box next to that I need to go through. It has a bunch of things from my childhood that I need to go through and didn’t feel like dealing with today lol.

In the VERY near future I plan to buy at least one (maybe 2) new metal racks. I want to put it right next to the one that’s already there so all of the stuff currently on the floor in the picture will be put up on shelves (all of our empty cans that need to be taken back to the store etc.). I need to buy hooks to hang our cornhole game boards, our fertilizer spreader and the step ladder up on the wall. The two lawn bags are garbage and will be thrown out on Thursday. But anyway….at least we can walk in the third bay of our garage right now and go in and out of that garage door with the bikes rather than trying to get them out between the cars because the third bay was too cluttered to exit out of.


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