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OK, friends, I’m going to get real with you today. Because the fact of the matter is that during a renovation, your home becomes a war zone. And because my dear husband and I can’t handle living among shambles, we’ve designated one area to unload all miscellaneous tools, paraphernalia, and… well, junk. That area, friends, is our garage. Exhibit A:

Garage Organization- Erin Loechner

The dreaded before.

Oh dear. I cannot believe I just shared that image with you. All of you. Goodness gracious. Please be kind to me, Internet. Because for the past year, we’ve treated our garage like a landfill. I’m just as horrified as you are. Trust me.

And although I dream of a glistening, organized garage someday, I know that, realistically, we’ve still got a long way to go before that day arrives. After all, we still have a full sunroom and basement renovation ahead of us, and I’m quite sure our garage will become the holding zone for drywall, beams and plywood.

Garage Organization- Erin Loechner

Yep, still embarrassed.

Still, there is no excuse to live in such utter chaos. So a few days ago, Ken and I tackled a serious clean-out extravaganza. I won’t tell you everything we unearthed, but I will say the list included an abandoned art project, half-used bottles of hand sanitizer and much, much more.

Luckily, we also stumbled upon the previous homeowners’ kitchen cabinets that we knew we’d saved for a reason. With zero investment and a few nails, Ken and I now have a fully functioning closed storage solution for paint, tools and renovation supplies. Wanna see it?

Garage Organization- Erin Loechner

Remember those kitchen cabinets? Time to re-purpose!

It’s not a gorgeous reveal by any means, but we’re thrilled to be able to park in our garage for the first time since we’ve owned this house. Of course, we’ll be adding more shelving as time goes on, along with a fresh coat of white paint.

Until then, we’ll cross our fingers that we can keep our space empty, organized and clean. At least until our next project, right?

Garage Organization- Erin Loechner

Look! The clean after!

Here’s HGTV.com’s official garage organization to-do list.

How do you keep your garage organized? Any tips to share? Tell me, friends, in the comments below.

14 Responses

  1. Eileen says:

    Wow! This is one awesome transformation. Now when you start your next project you will have loads of places to put everything. Best of luck with the sunroom, Erin. I love ours.

  2. Patricia says:

    I agree Zsie. More decorating shows. Had enough of the house-hunter type also.

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