Organizing the garage

The other day I went on another organizing bender, only this time it was in the garage. We actually have a three-car garage, which is pretty much unheard of in our neighborhood of old brick houses. Well, it’s more like 2 1/2. We discovered that the third stall (added later) is more of a work or storage unit. It doesn’t even hold the teeny convertable that our landlord wanted to store in it last year. But it’s a third garage, which is pretty sweet!

So we have a huge space for people that just have two compact cars and a scooter. And there’s actually another sectioned off part of the garage that we were using to store some old furniture that we never got rid of. We could not have been making worse use of the space considering that every time I opened my compact car door I smacked it into an assortment of shovels and rakes, which would inevitably fall over and cause a domino effect.

So I pulled the cars out of the garage and just started moving stuff around. It always amazes me how much difference that makes. Nothing new, nothing hard, just moving stuff around. We decided to trash the old desk since I spilled chalkboard paint on it (oops!) and it wasn’t good quality to begin with, and that freed up a huge amount of space. I moved all the gardening pots, tools, bags of potting soil, fencing, etc. to the empty corner and parked the mower in front. The previous owner had put in shelving on all sides of the garage and peg board, so we had plenty of places to hang tools and keep bottles organized. I can’t believe we didn’t do this before. We’ve lived here almost 2 1/2 years!

The finished gardening corner.

Gotta love this retro light, though it could use a dusting.

Then I rearranged the other shelves, cleaned out the tiny garage, moved the dangerous chemicals to high shelves away from doggie tongues, and swept all the dust and leaves away. The last step was rescuing a few items I found covered in cobwebs and dirt. One was a full-length mirror, which I have been meaning to buy for ages, and the other is this little table.

Isn’t it cute? I think it would make a great plant stand, but it needs a fresh coat of paint. What color do you think it should be?