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For being one of my least favorite rooms, I’ve actually shared a lot about our garages over the years. As a professional organizer, it was one of the most frequently requested jobs (probably the 4th most requested space). At some point, I just had to face the facts and deal with our garage.
To get to that point, I had to confront my own stereotypes. Growing up, I don’t remember my mom ever messing with the garage at all because it was my dad’s space. Without even realizing I was carrying that assumption into my marriage, I just thought it would be automatic and that Matt would take control of the garage. Guess what, he’s not super into garages either.
We had to go through many phases of garages through the years to get to a happy place with the garage.
The garage I shared back in 2016 was when we lived in Arkansas. That garage was FIVE YEARS in the making. Over the five years we lived in that house, we re-organized and tweaked the garage several times to get to that final garage that I still consider to be a pretty awesomely organized garage.
Progress in the New Garage
We’ve only been in this house for one year, so I’m going to give myself another four years to have it “just so.” It’s about progress, though.
Here are the 3 things I chose to do for the Love Home Challenge this fall:
- Tidy up! Clear the floor and surfaces.
- Put up the pegboard. (And after we did, we plan to add more in the future.)
- Mop the floor!
Here are some BEFORE and AFTER photos.
I had a pretty big donation trip to make this change!
Seriously, mopping made the biggest difference.
There is A LOT of work left to do in this corner, but a less cluttered corner is a good place to start.
Seriously, amazing garages aren’t built in a day. It’s all about progress! And of course, we also put in a shed for all the lawn equipment, which is why you don’t see any of that in here.
Now, go out and keeping making progress in your garage!