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The Organized Garage

by - Monday, August 11, 2008

Having spent a lot of time in the garage this past weekend, I finally took a good look around the place. This is the one room that HandyMan was left on his own to 'decorate', and I have to admit, he's done a really good job. Aesthetically, the place is fine, all wood and... sawdust. Functionally though, the place is just awesome.

HandyMan has a few organizing tricks up his sleeve. Like those shelf brackets above. See how he's stored the extra 2x4s on them? They're both secure and accessible. He's put other wood odds and ends up in the open rafters too. You'll notice everything is off the floor... ladders, shovels, hedge trimmers, apple green bamboo ladder (what?!), rake... everything has a home. Even our bikes are tucked away - up overhead hanging from the rafters.

I like how he's made use of the entire space too. The whole back wall is lined with pegboard. (If you ever want to see your husband giddy as a schoolgirl, just give him some pegboard, a few hooks, and some hand tools to play with!). There's cubby holes above for small tools and shelves below with enough space for the big toys - I mean tools ;). And see that metal rod hanging on one of the walls between the studs? HandyMan put that up specifically so he could hang hammers and clamps off of it. That boy is genius, I tell you.

This little section above is one of my favourites. A few strips of wood were attached across some studs to create a little niche for smaller wood pieces.

Now that we have the spray paint gun, HandyMan also came up with the brilliant idea of how we can turn our garage into a paint shop. He stapled some plastic dropsheets to the wall header along one wall. After the painting is done, we just roll up the sheets and secure them up at the ceiling with some tape. Roll them down for the next paint job - easy peasy.

And see this hanging basket? It may just look like a neat storage place for rags and gloves. To me, its a sign that HandyMan does love me. See, I'm only 5'0 and have trouble reaching my garden gloves if they're tucked away in the upper shelves. This little basket was put in just for me, just for my gloves. I guess, even though its definitely "The Boys Room", I'm welcome here too.

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  1. Wow - you guys wanna come over to organize our house too? Very impressive!

  2. Your method of storing the bikes amongst the eaves = brilliant. It beats the standard trick of using a pulley system to the ceiling.

  3. That is the most enviable garage I've ever seen!

    I'm not sure who I think is more lucky.

  4. Anonymous4:39 PM

    It's just Garageous! Wow. I mean really. Wow.


  5. Invite us over anytime eaka... will work for cheesecake ;)

  6. Thanks perry! And all it took was a couple of hooks.

  7. Garageous! All he was aiming for was neat and organized :)

  8. This frightens me, but in a good way. This much order would make my head explode.

  9. No worries, Corey...this is definitely an "After" picture :) There's no way we keep it this neat all the time!

  10. Anonymous6:34 PM

    I am back because our garage is driving me mad. Mad, I tell you. I remembered that yours is both amazing looking AND functional, and need to review it for inspiration. Handyman's tricks and tips are going to revolutionize our space...I'll have to settle for that instead of him just coming over and replicating it for me, which is not practical.

    I can't believe I came up with Gargeous above. Must have just had my coffee.

    Thanks again! jbhat

  11. So glad we could provide you inspiration jbhat! I wish I could rent HandyMan out for odd jobs, but he has a To Do list a mile long and I need to keep him on track, lol! Would love to see pics of your improved garage. I see your nice comments on other blogs and always wonder what jbhat's house looks like ;)


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