Welcome back to my 10 week Garage Organization Series! It’s been a while since my last one, but I’m jumping back on the organizing train! I hope you will join me!
You see, one of my goals for 2014 was to work on our garage. Our garage is not terribly cluttered, but it definitely has some pockets of chaos that if left alone will most likely get worse and out of control! Since the garage is such a hod-podge of random items and mostly storage for stuff we don’t want to keep in the house, I’ve decided to break it up into a 10 week series. One day a week, I’ll be tackling a section…Here’s what you can expect…
1. Small tools/hardware
2. Larger tools
3. Yard tools
4. Car washing station
5. Outdoor toys
6. Beach/Pool Gear/Camping
7. Sports Equipment/ Gym Items
8. Bulk Item Storage
9. Hurricane/ Natural Disaster Emergency Prep
10. Misc. Storage (Holiday decorations)
Not necessarily in that order, but at least we have a plan 🙂
Today I’m sharing with you how we’re organizing our yard and gardening tools and supplies.
Not much has changed in this space actually. I just tweaked and rearranged to make better use of the space. Here’s what it looked like before…
You can see how chaotic and sloppy it was before. Sure, things were hung up but there was absolutely no order, tons of wasted space, and I always found myself having a hard time finding something even though I sort of knew where it was. So the first step was to take everything off the pegboard (hooks as well) and put some thought into the layout and what I wanted out of this space.
This is the same way I approach almost every re-organization project. For me personally, it makes way more sense to clear out the space completely than try to move and work around the stuff that’s there.
Once the pegboard was cleared off, I dusted it with our outdoor broom to get rid of all the cobwebs and dirt, and then I wiped it down with my homemade cleaner. It was then I decided I wanted to paint it as well to really give it a fresh and clean new look…
I used the leftover paint we painted our master bathroom with. I really like the calm, clean and soothing color, which is BM ‘healing aloe.’
Then I started to hang up my tools again. Taking my time, adjusting if needed, and really thinking about how everything would fit together to make the best use of the space.
Baskets that can be hung on the pegboard are great to hold odd shaped or small items.
And then once I had everything in its place and was confident that this was how I was keeping it. I used a permanent marker to outline everything so I would know where to put the item back when it was being used.
This was our biggest problem in keeping this space organized to begin with. I would arrange everything perfectly but then over time of constant use and not remembering where we grabbed the tool from is how it got so sloppy in the first place. I wish I could take credit for this ingenious idea, but I saw it a long time ago in a Martha Stewart magazine I believe. 🙂
Pretty smart, if you ask me!
A little delayed, but we’re back on track to getting our garage organized and separated into functional zones. I’m super happy with the spaces I’ve completed so far and our garage is looking better and better too!
How do you organize your gardening tools? Do you have a shed that you keep everything in or are they in a designated zone in your garage as well?
Talk to you soon friends, take care!