As you might know, I have partnered with Lowes as a member of their Creative Ideas Team. Each month we are given a gift card and a challenge to complete. I LOVE being a part of this team because it challenges me to tackle some bigger projects that I tend to put off. In the past I have been able to do some fun LowesCreator projects. Here are just a few of them:
But for the month of April I finally tackled an area in my home that needed some serious attention. With all of the projects Mr. Idea Room and I have been working on over the past year in the remodel of our kitchen and main living area, the garage has become a complete disaster. It is where we do the majority of our work. Especially in the winter due to the frigid cold and snow we can get here in Utah. Add five children involved in a lot of various sporting activities who are coming and going constantly, we had a problem finding what was needed in a timely matter…*ahem*!
So with the theme of Outdoor Storage, I knew it was finally time to tackle a portion of our garage. The mess was so large scale that we have broken this operation down into phases. And today I am happy to share with you the first phase of Operation Organize Garage.
This area next to the interior door to the house was a particular problem and where most of the kids sporting equipment was being thrown after use. It made it difficult to locate shin guards, cleats, baseball gloves, lacrosse sticks and bike helmets. Especially because I have not been able to train my children (yet) about putting items back in their place after use. The problem is that we didn’t have a WELL DEFINED place for everything…hence the problem.
Well, we have now solved that problem and defined a spot for all of the kids equipment.
We purchased this white storage cabinet from Lowes and put it together and gathered stuff that we had scattered throughout the house and finally got it all into one organized space.
We keep all of the balls and kids helmets and rollerblades out here. It makes it nice to have it all in one spot so when we are headed to a game or practice we know right where everything is.
We even decided to put a bin for the kids soccer and baseball cleats. These seem to be the hardest things for us to find as we are headed out the door. Now I just need to make sure my kids remember to take them off and put them back in the bin.
We picked up these great storage containers from Lowes. The metallic bins on top of the lockers and the grey bins that we put the helmets and rollerblades in are perfect for our space and needs.
Inside the cabinet, we have our pool supplies, sand toys, and sunscreen. We also keep some of our outdoor games, mosquito repellant and sidewalk chalk here.
The metal buckets in the lockers also came from Lowes and are perfect for the loose little items like sidewalk chalk and some jump ropes the girls enjoy using outside. Plus they keep everything nice and neat looking!
I love that everything has its place. And now the kids have no excuse about not knowing where something belongs.
And…of course I had to paint the door black. I love our front door that we painted black and I have been excited to paint this one.
It was getting pretty beat up and showed so much dirt from the kids going in and out of here. We also changed out the door hardware and added a kick plate.
To see how I painted it black, you can see our how to paint a door tutorial here. And lest you think we have everything under control in our garage…let me share with you a picture of the other side…
Yikes! This is where we do most of our project building. It needs some serious work. LOL! That is the next phase of our garage organization. We have our work cut out for us.
But if you look at this one side, it looks great. And…I have plans to paint the other lockers on the right hand side white. I wanted to get to them before I shared this, but ran out of time. So look for an update on them when I can get around to it.
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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team. However all opinions and statements are mine.