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Organizing the Garage for FREE

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Before Picture
So it isn't too bad and could be much worse. The problem is that this is a 2 car garage that can only fit 1 car due to a clutter problem. Over the years I have organized this garage a lot, so it shouldn't be too hard of a job. I decided to start with just one wall.
This is the only wall in the garage that is actually finished off with drywall. It is the wall that we see the most as we come into the house, so I thought it would be a good place to start. I would eventually like to paint this wall.
I took off an old board that was hanging on the wall with nails sticking out of it to hand things on. I installed a peg board I had kicking around in its place. I hung my broom and mops right by the kitchen door for easy access (I have no pantry or place in my kitchen for these). I hung the stool up out of the way, found a bin for my chairs to go in (easy access to throw in the van for soccer games) and cleared clutter that I didn't need on this wall.
I took away that cabinet that is too small to hold anything and was wasting space. That will be sold at my next yard sale. I brought out some shelving I had down in my basement and it fit perfectly in the spot next to the freezer. I decided to only fill that shelf with the kids outdoor toys. This way they don't have to find their chalk and squirt guns among all of the paint cans and tools. I also found an old closet shelf and hung it above the freezer. I came across a fire extinguisher and thought it might be more useful hanging right by the kitchen door.

Total cost = $0
By using things that were already cluttering up my garage (old closet shelf, tote, peg board) I was able to organize everything on this wall.

The other side of my garage is still a mess, but that is because I am using it as a dumping ground for everything I am going to sell at my yard sell in the next month or so.

Does anyone have any before and after pictures of what you have done with your garage? I would love to post them. Email them to jen(at)ibizprint(dot)com


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About Me

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hi, I'm Jen.

I've been blogging and sharing my thrifty projects and tips since 2009. I enjoy finding a bargain and using my creativity to decorate on a budget. I also love organizing and finding cheaper and healthier ways to clean and cook.

I am married to a great guy who puts up with my never ending to do list and helps me with all of my projects. I have 3 kids who keep me pretty busy and are in 3 very different stages of life; my youngest is in Elementary school, the middle child is in Jr. High, and the oldest is in High-school.

When I'm not blogging, I'm working on a project, reading, organizing, traveling (wish I could do this one more), or browsing Pinterest.

I host a Penny Pinching Party every Wednesday starting at 12:00 am MST. I love to see what others are doing to save money, so come and link up your thrifty projects and ideas!