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We live in a townhouse, and there is almost no storage space inside other than in our tiny basement. Thankfully, we do have a two-car garage, and man do my husband and I both have a whole lot of stuff out there. I used to vend at shows and festivals for my clothing company on a regular basis, and a good portion of the garage is filled with racks, tables, hangers, gridwall, tents, signs, and other vending supplies. (Admittedly, I should probably go through and sell these things sooner than later, but that's a whole different topic.) Between all of that, our bicycles, some very bulky wood cabinets I made years ago, pieces of furniture, tubs full of random stuff that we never quite seem to be able to find the time to go through, and other miscellaneous things, there is just barely enough space for us to fit one of our cars. Despite the overload of junk (for lack of a better word; I promise we haven't reached hoarder status), there is some order to the chaos. There are shelving units installed that hold tubs of vending supplies and personal items, our bicycles are mounted to the ceiling, and those big clunky wood cabinet units contain other items.
There is, however, one area that has been repeatedly neglected. And it happens to be the corner we see and pass by the most, right by the stairs leading into our house. It's the area that holds the typical garage items that we use the most often - rake, shovels, broom, hose, sprinkler, etc. I guess because we tend to grab these items and then throw them back in the corner when we're done with them, they've never really had a home. And just like I've been promising to go through the vending equipment and get rid of the things we no longer use, my husband has been promising to organize this corner. The other day, he decided it was finally time.
The first thing we did was pick up a Rubbermaid FastTrack 5 Piece Kit at Target. We knew that this would be a fast, simple way to get stuff off the ground and organized without taking up any additional space. After getting home with our new kit, we moved everything out of the way, swept, and Robbie installed the rail (which took less than five minutes). Then he snapped in the hooks, hung the items that had previously lived in the spider web-laden corner behind the garbage can, and that was that. It was so easy and so quick to make the transformation from cluttered to neat. Now his plan is to grab a few more of these, possibly add another row, and use them in a couple other areas of the garage as well. Each FastTrack kit stores ten times more (!!!) by using the space between studs, so I'm envisioning a lot more room in the garage very soon. (And yes, I'll finally be dealing with my vending supply situation too. Sigh.)
If spring cleaning your garage - or like us, even just organizing one corner - has been on your 'to do' list, I highly recommend the Rubbermaid FastTrack 5 Piece Kit. You'll honestly be amazed at how quickly you can get a sloppy garage under control and create a clean, organized space. The kit is actually on sale in Target stores right now (May 18th-24th, 2014), for $28.89 (regular price is $33.99). So there's some extra incentive to get motivated and tackle your garage clutter this weekend!
Do any of you any have tips or tricks for organizing and/or cleaning out a messy garage?
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