The biggest disorganization pitfall in our entire garage was the black storage unit. This is an old pic when it was cleaned off. It looked nothing like this when we started clearing the garage.
This storage unit was left by the previous owners, though I wish they had taken it with them. All we did was pile stuff on here. There was about one foot of space for John to open his car door and walk to the house door. So he would park as far away from possible from it, which meant he was halfway on my side of the garage. I griped about this stupid black storage thing all the time. So we decided we would give it away on Craigslist for free the weekend we tackled the garage. We put it at the end of the driveway, and before I could even create the post, a kid rang my doorbell and asked if we were looking for someone to haul it off. I told him he could take it. Good riddance!
I may have gotten a little over ambitious with the label maker, but at least I'll know where everything is.
Also, I think I put this on a previous post, but I'm adding it here for good measure. We have two bins (plastic tackle boxes) full of hardware, and I love how easy it is to find everything. Here is a pic of one of the hardware bins.
Speaking of tackle boxes, I saw a battery storage idea on Pinterest, and knew I had to do this. The box on Pinterest was deeper, but ours works even though most of the batteries have to lay down.
|still label-making happy|
Lastly, we move on to the kitchen. I got this idea for pan organization on Pinterest as well. Of course, John gets sucked into all of these projects with me. He joined me on trips to Wal-Mart and Bed Bath and Beyond, so I could finish this one. I don't have any before shots, but try to picture only the pots, pans and lids spread out (no nesting) throughout the entire cabinet. After buying two types of pan storage organizers and a dish drying rack, I was able to add my baking tins.
|Top left (muffin tins): Bed Bath and Beyond Organizer Rack|
|Top Right and Bottom Left (baking tins, skillets): Rubbermaid #1H42 Pan Organizer|
I also moved things around in another cabinet and added a couple organizers. This is how it turned out.
|Pyrex baking dishes behind the mixer|
If you notice in the top picture with the mixer, there's a colander folded up in the same rack with the cutting boards. This is probably one of my most-used and favorite kitchen items. It totally does the job of draining foods, fits in the sink on two legs, and folds up nice and tidy in my cabinet. I did away with all of our bulky bowl-like colanders. I bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond.