Friday, February 17, 2012

Garage Organization - Part 2

After organizing all the gardening supplies in the garage last week, I wanted more of this:

And less of this:

Why is there a mattress here when no one sleeps there?  Good question.  I wasn't planning on sleeping there!  We moved this mattress upstairs to replace another.  Since the garage shelving for the holiday decorations worked so well, we went to Costco to get another:

Each shelf holds 1,500 pounds.  Wow.  That can hold several of me on each shelf.  What went on this shelf?  All the stuff that couldn't fit on my pantry shelves.

It was great that all the food items were organized on the shelves, but it defeated the purpose if I couldn't get to them.

This is what the garage shelf looked like afterwards:

There are 5 shelves.  From top to bottom, left to right:
  1. (not visible) sports equipment
  2. cleaning & food storage supplies
  3. beverages & emergency supplies
  4. vaccum attachments (in basket), Roomba vaccum, & extra bags
  5. dog food buckets, dog supplies, & car wash bucket
We were able to place the vaccum and carpet cleaner next to the shelf - they previously resided in the last room they were used (nice policy, right?), and we later added a donation box by the door to easily corral items we no longer need.  When the donation box is full, we drop the donations off.

Now this is what the pantry (or the pantry floor) looks like:

The downside is that it's much easier to snack now!

In the past two weeks, I have spent $70 on garage shelving and $20 in baskets to organize the garage and pantry.  It's been worth it!

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