In the month of February I joined OrgJunkie.com 28 Days of Organizinig Challenge and chose to finally takle the GARAGE (whole room category)! I had so much fun with this challenge I can't begin to tell you. And I am so glad that nature helped me out. We only had like three days of rain the whole month and it wasn't too hot either. I live in Texas, so that's a relif! Now, back to my green tip.... I did not spend any money during this great space transformation! I am so proud of myself. I must have had about 50 boxes filled and cut it down so much that now I have containers that I haven't seen empty in decades and don't know what to fill them with! That's a good thing right? So if you are trying to organize a section or a room in your house see what you can utilize first before going out and buying more boxes to fill!
If you want to see my first post CLICK HERE. And to start off here are my before and after photos:
I think the overall transformation was a huge success! I mean, I had the whole garage packed with stuff. I didn't know where anything was, I mean there was sections, but if you asked me to get something I didn't even attempt to try to look. It became an uncluttered and everything is in it's section, plus we have room to drive in our cars and have room to walk around! That is such a relief! My daughter was shocked at first and would come out and ask what I was doing. I told her that I was cleaning and organizing the garage. She really didn't understand the whole concept, but she loved the end result. On the last day of the challenge, she was in the garage riding her bike! She had never done that before. When she was done she asked me, "Mommy, where does my bike go?" How cute, no?
Now as far as the space I used, the garage. It was a huge space. I mean, where we live, not many people have two car garages, so when I had my garage sale I had people say, "wow, this is big!" So I tried to utilize every single section of the garage, but also kept in mind that we had to drive our cars in as well. I also love that we have an attic. I put up all the season crafts and decorations and have a handy shelving unit that I will use to organize what I will be using that season, I love that space. I created a sketch of what I wanted my garage to look like when I was done and I stayed with in those perimeters. I wanted to put up a bigger shelving unit, but I found that I really didn't need it.
Another great thing that happened during the challenge, I lose 5lbs! I had a dolly to help me haul the big boxes around, but I did so much work. Well, between doing this challenge, working and maintaining the house with a baby and a 5 year old..... whoa, that was tough! But I did it!
Okay now time for the challenge questions!
1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it?
The hardest part of this challenge was going through the biggest pile which was all the donated items I received from Freecycle and other organizations. All those items have now been donated. It was hard because I organized everything in boxes by category (clothes, housewares, dishes, toys) and it took the longest amount of time. It took about a week and a half just for that section. If you look at the video on my first post you can see how big that pile was!
2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order?
Well, I thumtacked my original design on the wall near the door so that the whole family can use it as a guide. I mean, not everyone uses the garage on a daily bases, but if we need something we can look at the guide and know more or less exactly where it is. I mean, I know where everything is, but this design is very manageable.
3. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?
This is one of my favorite parts! Well, the last weekend of the challenge, I had a garage sale and sold everything at $5/bag. I usually have a annual FREE Garage Sale, but this year I decided to add a $5 donation per bag and all the monies went to my local church. The rest of the items that didn't sell went to my two favorite charities, The Ronald McDonald House and St. Vincent de Paul Society. All the toys and children's' clothes went to the Ronald McDonald House and the rest went to St. Vincent de Paul Society.
4. What creative storage solutions were you able to introduce in order to create additional space as well as establish some limits and boundaries?
Great question! Well, I have a section that is empty which lets me have room to grow, which I hope not to, and there are defiantly limits throughout the space. Lets talk about the tools area, I only have one two-level shelf for that, so no more can fit on there. While I was purging I put together all the extra and duplicate nails/accessories that we had and gave them to my neighbor that does lots of weekend projects. He was very grateful. And the craft box is not full, but I defiantly don't want it to get much fuller. Like I said I do have several empty bins that will allow for growth, but I don't want to utilize them anytime soon. As far as boundaries, that is what I want to use the guide for. To stay within the boundaries.
5. Why do you think you should win this challenge?
I really didn't join this challenge to win, I did it to get ORGANIZED! If I win that will be a big plus and help in the efforts of my family to stay organized this year. It would be nice to win any of the pirzes. I have a few boxes filled to sell on ebay, so the home office organization prize. There are few others that caught my eye as well. But to show my family and to have my family join me and helping me to organize the garage is just a small step to staying organized this year.
Thank you OrgJunkie.com to having a challenge that will help us improve our quality of life by helping us stay organized! With two kids and a mother who aren't very organized this will your site has helped us tremendously!