Just Call Me the Garage Guru
I love organizing garages! I know…call me crazy…but they are such fun. This garage just needed a little SOS TLC. Loads of shelves and hooks meant we only needed to sort and put things away. We created zones for camping, skiing, boating, tools, lawn and home care, sports equipment and holiday storage. Everything is now easy to see, easy to get to and easy to put away.
Off the Floor
While this Denver couple didn’t have too many things to store in their garage, they wanted everything off the floor and easy to access. SOS used elfa from The Container Store to design storage they could grow into as their family expanded. We added loads of shelving, a garden center, a workbench, a place to hang their fly fishing waders and utility tracks to hang tools and bikes.
This Highlands Ranch couple really wanted everything in their garage off the floor. Luckily they had loads of wall space to take their storage vertical. We designed a new layout using elfa from The Container Store. We also re-used their two large cabinets and their existing shelving units to take advantage of the storage opportunities in this large space. Smiles and hugs ensued once everything was installed and put away. 🙂
Parked in Clutter
SOS creates room in a garage…for the car! 🙂 This Denver woman had loads of shelving space, but it wasn’t being used to its best potential. We created zones to group like items together and hung what we could on the walls. Now toys and tools are easy to see and access…with room for the car just in time for winter.
Storage Solutions for a Small Garage
When you have a small garage, go vertical with storage solutions. This Boulder mom has a house full of boys with loads of sports equipment. We turned to elfa from The Container Store to provide her with shelves and utility hooks to get everything off the floor so BOTH cars could park inside.
From Disorganized to Tidy
These Littleton homeowners wanted to get their garage organized but didn’t know where to start. They wanted to park both of their cars in the space but it had become a mess of extra parts from past home improvement projects, tools, paints and chemicals, bike equipment and automotive projects. With a little sorting, we put everything into categories – the biggest being the trash pile! Now everything has a specific place and purpose and the stress of finding things is gone.
Garage Clean Out
This Denver home owner was fed up with her garage being disorganized. She was storing lots of stuff for her son and it was time to reclaim her space. We pulled everything out of the garage and put it into piles: donate, trash, tools, home improvement, sports, gardening, memorabilia and her son’s stash of stuff. The pile for her son was taken care of quickly. What he didn’t want went into the donate or trash pile and the rest went home with him. 🙂 We were able to use her existing shelves, drawer units and peg board to make zones to hold everything else she wanted to keep. Voila! Space for not one, but two cars now!
A Garage Put In Order
Helping this Denver couple put their garage in order was so fun. The space is divided into “his side” and “her side.” But to be fair, “her side” includes stuff for both kids, too. J He wasn’t home so we only did a bit of straightening on his side with one exception. That stack of tires sitting in the middle of the garage? Those are being sold and got put back in their shipping boxes and tucked in a corner on “his side.” After that, we concentrated on getting the other half of the garage organized. They already had loads of shelves, hooks and bins to work with. We started by pulling everything off the shelves. We then sorted into keep, trash and donate piles and everything else was categorized by zone. Right next to the door is a mini-mudroom where everyone dumps their shoes and bags. Then we created an area for all of the pool and beach items, as well as outdoor summer party items. Since we’re Fall has arrived, all of that stuff was put up high until it’s needed next year. We then used one shelving unit for automotive and household items and another shelving unit for kid stuff and gardening supplies. We were able to hang ladders, a scooter and even their corn hole game on the wall.
I recently had the pleasure of working with a delightful couple in Centennial. They wanted a complete garage makeover. They knew they wanted to get rid of a lot of stuff they no longer needed or used. And they also had their eye on Elfa by The Container Store. I took a look at their space and inventoried the items they knew they were keeping. After taking measurements it was time to put together a design. With that in the works, we spent a morning cleaning out the garage and they had a friend help them paint the now-exposed drywall. On the day the Elfa was installed, I popped in to help put everything in its place. It looks like a completely different space!
SOS Conquers a Cluttered Garage
The chaos in this garage was stressing these homeowners out. Items were not being stored effectively so they were running out of space. They wasted money buying things to replace what they couldn’t find and they wasted time trying to find things. SOS to the rescue!
To begin, we pulled everything out of the garage. Yes, everything! We created zones for camping, fishing, automotive, tools, lawn and garden, etc. Then we sorted through everything to identify what to keep and what could go. At the end of the day, we had 20 bags full of trash, recycle and donate. Impressive, right?! This garage has great cabinet, cupboard and drawer storage so as we began putting things away, we kept the zones intact to make things easy to find and put away in the future. Camping got its own cabinet. So did lawn and garden. Tools went in a cupboard and the drawers below hold nails, screws, etc. The counter top is now clear and can actually be used as a work surface and there are even a few empty drawers and cupboards. 🙂
Sometimes clients just need a little help getting things in order. These Broomfield homeowners didn’t have a garage stuffed to the rafters, but they did need to get things organized. We sorted everything into categories (shoes, snowboarding equipment, lawn care, gardening, tools, etc.). Once we knew what we had, we created zones to keep like items together. We also added Elfa utility strips and hooks to hang bikes, chairs and even their Corn Hole set. To keep shoes off the floor and stairs, we took an over-the-door shoe bag and just screwed it into the wall by the door.
I love organizing garages! This Boulder homeowner knew she wanted to go with The Container Store’s Elfa system but didn’t know how to get started.
I took an inventory of everything she wanted to store in the garage and then measured the space. After coming up with the perfect design solution, we had it installed and then filled it up in an organized way. We grouped everything into categories: sports equipment (which included ski and snowboard gear, lots of bikes, tennis, golf, water sports and toys), camping gear, pet supplies, Costco overrun, automotive supplies, lawn and garden and ladders.
At the end of the day we had a gorgeous and organized garage!
This garage had become a catch-all for storage, home improvement supplies, yard tools, camping gear, sports equipment, you name it. What these Stapleton homeowners couldn’t do? Park their cars in it.
We sorted everything into categories out on the driveway. Once the garage was empty, we took the opportunity to sweep and clean before putting it all back. We created zones to keep like items stored together. Having designated homes for each item makes it easier to find things when needed and also makes it easier to put things away. At the end of the day, everything had a home…including the family cars.