Garage Organization & Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Monkey Bar Storage. However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

Last year I shared with you a portion of our Garage that we had organized to help maintain some of the chaos that comes with having a big family.  We organized a section for our kids sports equipment because it seemed to be taking over the garage and our home.  At the end of that post I shared with you a picture of the other half of our garage.  Haha! The disaster portion.  The part where real life was taking over.  A few months later, we were contacted by Monkey Bar Storage Systems, who wanted to help us get the rest of our garage under control.

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Ummm…Yes Please!

Monkey Bar Storage System came out to our home and measured our garage and then worked with us to set up the best design to help us contain the clutter.  They gave us a 3D rendering and drawing of our plans, and helped us determine the best layout for our needs.

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Here is the before photo that was in our original post….

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Our garage was our main work area for most of our home remodeling projects, and it was also the dumping zone for items that really didn’t have a specific spot.  Everything needs a “spot” and I was so excited to finally get this space under control…but we had our work cut out for us.

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So, before Monkey Bar Storage could come in and work their magic, we had some serious cleaning out, purging, and organizing to do.  The garage had to be completely empty so that they could do what they needed to do.  We spent all of Memorial Day Weekend cleaning out the garage and the attic.  (You can see the attic in some of the pictures at the top of the ladder…it is on top of the garage).  We also decided to give the garage walls a nice coat of paint so that it would have a nice overall finished look.

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The guys from Monkey Bar came and sanded down the cement floor and then sealed the floor with a gorgeous Epoxy Floor Coating.  We decided on the Dolphin color finish and we are so happy with it!  It looks so amazing and feels so soft and smooth on the bare feet.  It’s beautiful!

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Then they spent another day installing some beautiful cabinets on the left side of the garage (we already had the cabinets in the middle and on the right).  They also installed some really functional Monkey Bars and a Garage Shelf.  They have these adjustable hooks that make it so easy to customize where and what tools you need to hang from them.  They are so easy to rearrange too if you ever need to change up how you have organized your tools.

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We also had this work table installed which will be the perfect place for my husband and I to work on our projects.  I also love that we are now able to store almost all of our tools out of sight in the drawers and cabinets.  It will make working on projects so much easier now that everything is organized in their specific spots.

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I feel like we have so much extra room now.

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I have to tell you how impressed I am with Monkey Bar Storage.  Our experience with them went above and beyond our expectations.  They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to make sure our Garage was designed to fit our overall needs.  Their cabinets and monkey bars are built with exceptional quality.  The construction on the cabinets were built to be solid and they firmly anchored them all into place.

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The epoxy flooring is seriously meticulous and is so nice my husband didn’t even want to walk on it with wet shoes because he didn’t want to mess up how pretty it was.  My 6 year old daughter said it was so “comfy on my toes!”

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And…guess what?  I get to give ONE lucky Idea Room Reader a Monkey Bar Garden Tool Rack! ($99.99)

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The Garden Tool Rack is perfect for storing up to 20 garden tools such as shovels, hoes, and rakes in your garage or shed.

Garden Tool Rack Includes:
2 – Shed Brackets
1 – 51″ Monkey Bar
1 – 12″ Hook
2 – 3″ Double Hooks
1 – 3″ Single Hook
1 – 3″ Wide Hook
2 – 5″ Wide Hook
1 – J hook

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If you would like to be entered for a chance to win the Garden Tool Rack, you will need to enter the Rafflecopter Widget below.  Please be patient as the widget may take some time to properly load.  You may need to enter on a computer or laptop rather than your phone or hand held device.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Monkey Bar Storage is also offering a generous 15% discount to all Idea Room Readers on their DIY racks using the promo code IDEA. This will work on any of the racks, but not on the Grid Shelving. The code will expire on July 24, 2014.  So if you are thinking about organizing your garage, now is the perfect time!

If you live in the Salt Lake Valley you can contact a local dealer here:  Garage Storage Utah

To find a Monkey Bar dealer in a location near you go here:  Monkey Bar Storage Locations

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*Fine Print: This giveaway is sponsored by Monkey Bar Storage.  I was given product and/or compensation but all opinions and statements are mine.  Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on June 29, 2014. One winner will receive a Money Bar Garden Tool Rack ($99.99).  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

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Organize Garage Clutter

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:

Front Porch Curb Appeal

Laundry Room Shelves

Bathroom Towel Rack

Wood Plank Kitchen Ceiling

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*!

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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.

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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.

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Well, we have now solved that problem and defined a spot for all of the kids equipment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I love that everything has its place.  And now the kids have no excuse about not knowing where something belongs.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

Looking for more creative ideas for your home?  Sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine.  It actually has a lot of really great and creative ideas that you can and would want to do.  Go ahead and check it out!

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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.

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