On the Road in April

Welcome to May, folks! We are almost half-way through 2016 – can you believe it?! Hey, I’m still over here trying to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015! Who’s with me?!

Lots of stuff happened on the blog last month, but, as always, I wanted to give a quick highlight to the top 5 posts! Here we go…

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DIY Garage Organization Ideas

We’re currently in the process of de-cluttering our garage. Again. There some stuff that we’ve been storing in the front room (which is now being transformed into the nursery) that’s moving to the garage, and some stuff from the garage that’s going to be sold. Although de-cluttering is always quite the process, in the end it’ll be worth it! Right? RIGHT!

So when RST Brands contacted me regarding publishing their article on garage organization, I knew it was the perfect fit! They’ve got seven fabulous ideas here – check them out!

The garage seems to attract clutter like a moth to light. Without even trying, it can get so messy that your car doesn’t even fit anymore.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Garage organization is achievable, and you don’t have to throw out all your tools and toys or spend thousands on renovations, either.

Here are 7 simple DIY organization ideas that will help you take back your garage and turn it into a space where you’re proud to park your car!

1. Utilize vertical space

To truly organize your garage, you need to think in terms of vertical space. Every inch of wall offers storage possibilities. For example, any items that are used rarely can be stored up high out of reach. If you need quick access to a tool, hang it on the wall at eye level.

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2. Take advantage of studs (and the space between studs) for easy storage

Studs present an easy opportunity for organizing your stuff. For example, nail a board between two studs, and all of a sudden you have space to store your shovels or fishing rods. You can even install shelves into the space between the studs to store little odds and ends or toys.

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On the Road in February

Every time I do one of these posts I have a hard time believing it’s already the next month. So today is no exception. WOW. It’s MARCH of 2014. Can you believe that?

Something that really makes me happy is the fact that I’ve had a few guest posts in the past month, and they’ve all gone over very well – well enough to have a couple of them listed here in the top five posts for the month! Lots of folks refuse to even read a guest post when they see that it IS a guest post, and I’m so thankful that this audience is not like this, and that you’ve enjoyed the guest posts as much as I have!

So, without further ado, here are the top five posts of February!

1. NestFresh Eggs Giveaway – Of course, this giveaway is over now, but this is a fantastic brand, and I was thrilled to participate in this one! And just because the giveaway is over doesn’t mean you can’t still find NestFresh in your local groceries store!

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3 Tips for Garage Organization – A Guest Post!

I’m thrilled to have Levi Mackintosh here on the blog today! Levi is the content manager for StorPro, LLC, and he’s got a fantastic topic to chat with us about: Garage Organization.

Now, some of you may remember my garage reveal a few months ago. If you’d like to see it, CLICK HERE. I thought it was pretty organized, myself. But Levi brings some very important suggestions to the table. Let’s check it out…

It has been proven that organization can save you time, money, and helps you become more efficient. It is a practice that can be applied in a variety of areas, but one area that is often overlooked is your garage space. According the U.S. department of Energy, 25 percent of families with two car garages cannot park any vehicles in the garage, and 32 percent can only park one car. To help avoid this problem, the following are tips and ideas to help you organize your garage.

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Get it off the ground

One of the most important steps for organizing your garage is to keep items off the floor. This is a simple step with huge rewards. When storage and other items are above ground, they are less susceptible to damage by pests such as rodents and insects. In areas where flooding is more prevalent, having your items off the ground can save you a great deal of money from water damage. Lastly, if items are off the floor, tripping over bikes and toys will be a thing of the past!

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Garage Makeover

It’s Day 3 of the Back to School Blog Hop! Are you enjoying it? I sure am! Today belongs to Christine at Virtually Speaking World! Check out her post HERE! (Hey, homeschooling moms! You definitely want to pay attention to this one!)

When we moved into this house, the garage was just plain GROSS. We later learned that the previous owner was running an auto repair shop out of the garage…boy, that made a lot of sense! My hubby is still finding lug nuts around the flower beds!

All through our house search, one of my “wants” was a good-sized laundry room. (Okay, who are we kidding, I wanted a laundry “room”…not a laundry “closet” like we had before!) I had even decided on my color scheme for the laundry “room”, much to my husband’s amusement.

When we fell in love with this house, only two of my “wants” were not in it: a garden tub and a laundry “room”. The washer/dryer hookup was in the garage. But that ended up being okay…because the house had so much more! And because I decided I would still decorate my laundry “room”.

So…we decided to paint. Now, mind you, neither of us had ever painted anything in our lives. (Well, I had painted my nails, but that was about it.) We purchased a plain white paint for the concrete block walls, the trim and the door into the kitchen, and a gray garage floor paint for the floor. And I insisted on purchasing a paint to use in distinguishing my laundry area from the rest of the garage.

And we painted. Because it was the garage, right? And if we messed it up due to lack of experience, well, it was just a garage!

We fondly remember that day, because we had never seen each other look as we did at the end of that day, nor have we seen the same sight since. We were FILTHY. And covered in paint. And so sore that we were groaning like senior adults in the throes of arthritis.

But we got the garage painted! And then we decided we would probably hire people to paint from that point forward.

I wish I had taken some “before” pics…but I sure didn’t. Just know that it was, as I said before, GROSS. The ceiling was covered in cobwebs. The walls were filthy. And the floor? UGH. Imagine the oil and grime of a thousand cars caked on concrete…and you might get close to how disgusting it was.

And here it is now:

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Well, maybe I need to back up, ha!

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