With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Organization & Storage in the Garage

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Organization & Storage in the Garage

This certainly is not the prettiest room in our home but it sure does have lots of functions and helps with organization.  I am showing you our garage, wort's and all.  Just as we live with it day in and day out.
Our home has ample living space but storage is a problem without having a basement.
We created some storage space in the garage using purchased wood (2x3's, 2x4's, particle board and Luan board) and wood-like boards that were being discarded by a neighbor.  The storage units were built many years ago but I only got around to painting them recently.
 Along one side of the garage, John built these storage cabinets.  The bottom is open allowing room for trash cans, recycle cans, Paper Trash, Dog food container.  There are also two cabinets up high that contain among other things, Easter and Thanksgiving Decorations
Entering the garage from the house and right on the left is for quick access to things we use frequently.  We can reach items without even stepping out of the house.  It is also where I temporarily stick things that I need to get out of the way or that will need my attention in the near future.  It is like a pre-sorting zone :)

The opened doors reveal a tremendous amount of easy to access storage
My favorite part of this storage cabinet is this great place to store large platters and trays.
The other side holds serving and decorative plates
It isn't pretty but it sure makes it easy to get to an item I need.
Along the wall opposite the garage doors are three cubbies.  When the girls were little these held their book bags, coats, boots, etc. (I couldn't get all three cubbies in one photo so I morphed two photos together)
The other wall is where John has his big table saw and other wood cutting saws.
 Since all of this storage space is around the perimeter of the garage, we can still fit a car inside.
As you can see, there are still lots of touch-up that could be done.
But overall, it has helped tremendously in keeping the many items needed to run a household more easily, within easy reach and easy to put back.

Organize and Decorate Everything 
I am linking to a site that I recently found and like a lot, called
Organized and Decorate Everything.
Stop by to see other links filled with great organizing ideas and projects.

 Linking to Cindy@My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!


d~ said...

You've made your garage into a great storage place, very functional. You are one organized woman. Does you car fit too? I bet it does. : )

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Wow, that's a lot of great storage! Came over from Organize and Decorate everything.

Cute blog! I'd love it if you came over to link this up to our "Wicked Awesome Wednesday" link party.

Vivienne said...

thanks for a glimpse into your storage unit! you guys have so many different compartments and they are neat! i see lots of baking pans and pretty variety of plates!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Absolutely great storage area. I love it when there is a home for everything. I will go check out the blogs you mentioned.


Karen said...

Great posting! I feel really inspired to get our "stuff" organized. Right now I'm trying to blend three homes into one... ours, my parents' things that we inherited and from my home in Mexico. Very challenging!
I'll be back. I'm your newest follower.
Ladybug Creek

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! You are very good at organizing, everything looks very neat.

hip-chick said...

Wow! That is a lot of storage! We have a basement but not a garage. We could sure use some of that organization in our basement.

Ann said...

That is one organized garage. I think I need you to come over and help me get more organized. You would probably faint if you saw my basement...lol

Shirley said...

you may think your garage is not pretty, but you should see mine! Ugh...
Nice to go to one place and find what you were looking for! And that is a good thing!

Susan said...

LDH, that garage is the neatest I have ever seen in my LIFE! Great job. Susan

Buttercup said...

I am totally in awe of your garage! I love the platter storage. No garage living in an apartment, but I am going to study your pictures and see if there is anything that might work for me. Have a terrific Thursday!

Life In a Little House said...

Wow looks wonderful and organized nothing at all like my garage hehehe ~Have a wonderful day ~Love Heather

Ann said...

Wow- this is really organized! I wish I could do that!My garage is a complete disaster right now.

Maggie Ann said...

Your organization skills are great...I am so impressed! Wow! We converted our garage into a family room....I'd do it again in a minute...it was always a train wreck for poor organization. My basement sewing room is now the storage area too. Gain a little, lose a little, but its been gain a lot of living space really, for us.

I'm glad you enjoyed the intro to Temple Grandin...they have trailers of her movie at youtube. I did'nt think to link to the trailer. We have Netflix and got to watch it through that.

Leanne said...

Your garage storage is so impressive. I like the cabinets with the doors on them to help keep the dust and dirt under control. The cubbies are great too. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

Suzy said...

Wow..I love it. We have a small garage, but I still think we could do something like this. I'll have to show the hubby :-)

Irma@CosasBellas said...

Wow! You are so organized.
We had a three car garage and within the 5 yrs we lived there I slowly forced our 2 cars out to the driveway with all my "to do" projects. Most of them I never got to and were either given away or sold at the garage sale we had before moving. So is life.
If we ever own our own home again, I hope I can keep my garage as organized as you.


gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

You've managed to create a "Butler's Pantry," that you can even roll your car into. Way to go!

My guy is currently building shelving in our garage. I have taken the before shots as I like what he's come up with. Our new home is without a full basement and our garage is currently replacing our huge storage room, so there's lots of room for improvements. Thanks for sharing what you've come up with. I really like the back door holding area! Everyone needs a place or two like this.

sueskitchen said...

Well you can color me green and not because it is St Patricks day...but because you have such wonderfully organized storage. There are lessons to be learned from this post. Thank you for the great ideas!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks for coming over to link this up to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I loved this post. How inspiring. Makes me want to start in on my garage right now. Girl, you have a few dishes. Love how you can easily see what you have and don't have it all stacked on top of each other.


Thank you for your so lovely and generous comments about my mom's china, I'm very grateful. Yes, I love it too, since I do remember washing them when I was a teen, she would give me $5,00 after an invitation, she said they would brake in a dishwasher...at 14, in 1966, I loved getting the $5.00! So I'm going to cherrish whatever is left of it. Love the colour.

corners of my life said...

Amazing amount of storage!
I am so jealous since this victorian house has no garage and my basement has a dirt floor.

Adrienne said...

Thank you for sharing your garage storage areas with us. You have inspired me and given me some ideas for the garage re-do we have started. We have some storage units to install and there are some built in that we inherited when we bought the house. You have given me some great ideas for using what's there and for adding a few spaces that would make things much easier to get to. I love the way you've stored your dishes - that's what I need to work on soon.

Laurie said...

This was so helpful to read AND see, as my husband and I are thinking about downsizing in the next couple of years and might not have a basement. We have 1 now and it is full of stuff!!


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