We have a serious problem with our garage. It needs a new door. The current one is very old and basically falling apart. But we can’t replace it because the motor for it is attached the the garage ceiling – underneath the Ford F-100 hot rod project. The vintage truck can’t be moved because the new engine is still being built and isn’t installed. So the truck can’t be moved out of the way to get to the garage door opener on the ceiling. And why hasn’t the new engine been finished yet you might ask? Because the clutter in the garage makes it impossible to walk around the truck or even find the parts to work on it.
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I’m sure you agree that we had a problem.
My husband has been talking to me about it for more than a year and it seemed that every time he had time off from the hospital to work on clearing out the clutter in the garage, a different and much more urgent home improvement project needed to happen first. Not to mention during that time all of our spare funds were going to pay towards our daughter’s wedding.
The plans for the garage has been put to the back burner for so many other things. Until recently during this time in quarantine when surgeries where canceled and trauma calls were down that he had more free time on his hands. We both decided to spend whatever time and money needed to move forward on the garage clean up project.
This project is totally my husband’s hard work and his plans for custom shelving that he has been considering for a long time. I was just the person encouraging him to finally tackle it, making sure the money was available, and the person providing lots of Gatorade in the refrigerator.
I was also the pushy one asking every weekend he had off if he was going to work on the garage and what he needed to finish it up.
He thought I was mostly interested in finishing it so I could share it on the blog. I assured him it was to move forward on to finishing the truck so I could get a new garage door. Finishing the truck is a game plan he can get behind of. It is a good compromise for both of us.
The first thing to do to organize any space is to start with a clean slate!
Making sure check the weather and pick a few weekends without rain, my husband started the project by pulling most of the clutter out to the driveway. A lot of items went directly to the back of his truck and to the landfill that day!
Most of the items were sorted in to bins set up in the driveway and labeled.
My husband didn’t follow one particular set of plans to make the custom shelves. He knew how he wanted to organize the items in the garage so looked through magazines and videos online and combined those inspirations in to what he actually built.
The shelves were made from a combination of simple 2 x 4 boards and plywood and painted grey using some leftover exterior paint from our home repairs.
The largest investment for the garage was actually all of the storage bins used to organize all of the many items we kept or needed in the garage.
Now we have room to walk around the garage and work on the truck. The next phase of this project will include new flooring and the new garage door.
Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”