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I know this sounds so stupid, but seriously, it's not like I'm going to move out all the stuff (like the lawn equipment, the gas cans, the garden junk, dh's tools, the scrap wood pile) into the house while we organize it.<br><br>
Technically, the entire 2 car garage needs to be emptied, the entire place floor needs to be swept and washed out (due to a nasty mouse problem in the garage), and the cracks in the floor repaired.<br><br>
We've been in our home (it is our first home) for 6 years, and the garage has never been fully organized/cleaned out/repaired. And technically the drywall was never done right and there is only 1 outlet in the entire garage (it was built in the 70's, apparently when they didn't require much electricity).<br><br>
I don't think emptying the entire contents of the garage into the driveway is doable, since it all won't be done in a day.<br><br>
And before anything comes back in to the garage, I'd really like a uniform storage system. Something more usuable than the broken (not to mentioned mismatched), crappy insufficient makeshift storage pieces we already have.<br><br>
So what would we do? I've seen those PODS on TV, but I really only need to store something temporarily (like a week maybe). Should we/could we rent those temporarily? I've seen a neighbor with one in their driveway for a while then it went away. Or maybe a 14 ft moving truck? Those can be rented for the week can't they?<br><br>
I'm really stumped, but motivated to help dh get this done before winter. Any ideas?<br><br>
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Apparently, no one else knows either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Do you have shelving in the garage? If not, get some! If so, start with the shelves. You might find you can get rid of a lot of stuff, giving you room for other stuff.<br><br>
I thought I had maximized my garage shelving, until my Mom pointed out the space above the garage door (you can't see it when the garage door is open). I installed 24" shelves the full length of the garage door - 18 feet! It's fairly close to the ceiling, but high enough for plastic tubs. Obviously this space isn't readily accessible, but putting stuff up there makes room elsewhere. In my case they hold the dog kennel, 3 large frame backpacks, and a few tubs of kids' toys that I'm saving.<br><br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v404/tchogry/garage2.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ry/garage2.jpg</a><br><br>
I have deep shelves on one wall, and wire shelving on two other walls. I have pegboard on a third wall, and hooks for hanging bicycles in various places.<br><br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v404/tchogry/garage1.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ry/garage1.jpg</a><br><br>
On the deep shelves I have a couple of cube storage units with drawers for things like hand tools, gardening gloves, and hose parts. Shovels, rakes, and other long-handled tools hang on the wall.<br><br><br>
You can move the cars into the driveway, and do half the garage at a time (except the floor - save that for last). Move everything to one side - throwing or giving away anything you don't absolutely need. Once you see what's left, you can figure out how best to organize it to make the best use of your space, or what you might need to buy/build to contain it.
 

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Dang, I was hoping to be doing this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">:<br>
I'm supposed to be cleaning out a part of my garage this Labor Day weekend. DS got some super heavy duty and expensive shelving for his work equipment so I'd recommend some sort of shelving also. As well as those Rubbermaid tubs. Our garage is sort of in zones: tools, painting supplies, seasonal storage etc. But it's still a mess. I just need to organize those areas better.
 

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My advice would be to move everything out of the garage at least temporarily. I would look into getting some sort of short term storage option that you can keep in the driveway while this project is happening. If you try to keep everything in the garage while you work, it will take much, much longer and you will waste a lot of time shuffling and reshuffling things around.<br><br>
I would highly recommend the book "Organize Your Garage in No Time" by Barry Izsak. See it here: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FOrganize-Your-Garage-No-Time%2Fdp%2F078973219X" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-.../dp/078973219X</a><br><br>
This sounds like a pretty big job & you may also want to consider hiring a professional organizer if you can afford it and there is one in your area. You can find an organizer by going to <a href="http://www.napo.net" target="_blank">www.napo.net</a> and clicking on Public and Find an Organizer.<br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This is a great idea for storing stuff that isn't used often. I'm going to show this to my husband when he wakes up.
 

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Those are some nifty shelves. No, I never thought to put things up over the garage door.<br><br>
While I'd love to get a professional organizer, I don't think I'd be able to afford one. But I guess our best option right now is to look into the temporary storage unit to live on the driveway for a while.<br><br>
That book seems like it has some awesome resources in the index section. I think I will pick it up for dh...<br><br>
Thanks for the info...
 
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