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Breathing a Sigh of Relief

May 16th, 2011

Yesterday, Mr Chiots and I spent most of the day cleaning out the garage. It had gotten a little out of control. Since we’re going to start building our little teardrop camper soon, we needed to tackle it first. We have a large side workshop attached to our garage which was packed full of stuff.


We moved everything into the main garage and then moved the stuff we wanted back in, organizing as we went. Mr Chiots has a workbench and area on on side for all his tools and other stuff, and I have one wall devoted to gardening. I also have 3 shelves on which I store my collection of terracotta pots, burlap, row covers and other gardening supplies. All of these benches were here when we moved in, I added the shelves above to this area. I simplly added a coat of paint to make everything look clean, it’s not the best, but it’s usable (it is the garage after all).

I’ve been collecting vintage galvanized trash cans and putting them on a wheels. I use them to store vermiculite, potting soil and anything else I buy in bulk. I like that they roll right under the bench and out of the way!


Everything is neat and orderly now and that makes me happy. We should have plenty of room for working on our projects and finding things should be a snap now!

10 Comments to “Breathing a Sigh of Relief”
  1. Jennifer Fisk on May 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Those photos are pretty impressive. Wish the things in my garage were as neatly arranged. I bought shelving last fall to organize my garage but is still in the box. Maybe on some hot summer day when I can take refuge out of the sun I’ll get inspired to do the task.

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  2. Songbirdtiff on May 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I have been in a big purge and organize mood lately. My garage could certainly use some attention. :)
    Songbirdtiff´s last post ..Non-fried Refried Beans

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  3. Nebraska Dave on May 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Susy, cleaning storage areas are always the last thing on my list of things to do. Finally when I no longer even know or have seen what’s in that area for many months or sometimes years, I get inspired to clean it out. My method is like yours for cleaning an area. I just take it all out and clean the walls and floor. Then I decide what is supposed to be in that area and deal with the rest in some manner but it doesn’t go back into the storage area. It either gets given away or thrown away. I do like your assortment of terra cotta pots. I have a few but mostly my containers are self watering plastic pots. Some even kind of look like the terra cotta.

    Have great clean storage/work area.

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  4. Missy on May 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

    You know I love this! How exciting! I’m just sad you didn’t let me help. I love a good organization session.

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    • Susy on May 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

      I know, thought about it – but I know you’re busy right now!

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  5. Christina on May 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    We’ve got doves nesting in the rafters this year, so our garage clean-out will need to wait until the fledglings are gone :-)

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  6. Candie on May 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I LOVE the idea of putting the trashcans on Casters! I am totally going use that idea!
    Candie´s last post ..Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

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    • Susy on May 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      I used one made for plants, I had to trim a tiny bit off of each corner. It works beautifully and I didn’t have to put any holes in the trash can!

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  7. MAYBELLINE on May 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Okay.
    I think you’re showing off.
    And you should show off after all that work.
    It looks great.
    MAYBELLINE´s last post ..Ingrate Eviction Nothin’ but Trash!

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  8. Morgan G on May 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Those major clean outs feel so good! Like Candie, I am totally copycat-ing your cans on wheels idea. We have two galvanized cans, they’re impossible for one person to move!
    Morgan G´s last post ..The Beauty of a Bean Bloom

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