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Scarlet calls it a “Secret Workshop” and that’s truly what it is, because not only does it hold the tools we use to have such a bursting garden, but that’s where Cassidy and Scarlet built their infamous and sturdy Lemonade Stand. In only days:
Sometimes I wonder what’s next. It’s a place filled with lots of tinkering. The kids love to hang out with Cassidy in there while he takes on a new project, and Des is none the wiser that his next birthday gift (a ride-on John Deere Gator) is hiding under a sheet in the back of the garage. It surprises me that he hasn’t seen it, only because the garage is more clean and organized now than ever, thanks to our Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System from The Home Depot.
For an “Almost Summer, Almost Father’s Day” celebration, I picked out the pieces for our very own FastTrack® System at The Home Depot – where the staff members are VERY helpful, by the way – and then we set to work on our garage.
I have certainly organized the garage before, many times over. Sometimes it’s a place to load and then unload baby gear after the kids have outgrown it. After every major project, we do some cleaning and organizing. It can be a heavy job, especially in the humid heat, but now we have learned five simple and smart new ways to clean, organize, and save space.
1. Do you have a ton of adult and kid vehicles, like bikes and cars? The bikes can be hung up vertically (with a Rubbermaid® Vertical Bike Hook), but there are fun things you can do for kid vehicles, like covered parking garages, indoor garages, or even using tape to make brightly colored “parking spaces” on the garage floor (or driveway). You can make the spaces of various widths and lengths, based on the toys you have, and the kids will have fun “parking” their vehicles. They may even learn to parallel park!
2. Here in the north, our house can be a big mess of winter clothes all winter, and some of spring, long. Considering that my kids have two or three coats, two or three pairs of boots, tons of mittens, hats, gloves, and scarves too, it can drive us crazy. We don’t have a mudroom and hate to drip on the floor. You can hang a beam in your garage to hang wet coats and snow pants on, and then you won’t drip snow in through the front door. You can use vintage crates to store wet boots and shoes.
3. Go bins crazy! Bins come in handy for us for holiday storage. We have big red and green ones that store our various Christmas accessories and ornaments. You can also go vertical with recycling bins. Hang them up with scrap wood.
4. Do you like finding old treasures and repurposing them? An old crate, some old scrap wood, or even an old file cabinet can be made into a storage bin. Make one for all sporting goods, or make one into a gardening tools area in your garage.
5. Invest in the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System from The Home Depot. This is my best way to keep our garage organized and accessible, and also makes a wonderful Father’s Day gift. Maybe we’ll finally have room for our car.
The backbone of the FastTrack® Garage Organization System is the FastTrack® Garage Hang Rails. They are quick and easy to install, and each rail holds up to 1,750 pounds! We also bought the FastTrack® Garage Hardware Pack. One pack is needed to mount a 48″ rail. Two packs are needed for an 84″ rail! The rails can hold a wide range of fun accessories that easily attach and can be changed as your garage storage needs change. The Hardware Pack matches the color of the FastTrack® system. I also bought the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® 48inch Wall Panel, a Utility Bin, a Small Shelf, and a Cooler Hook for our system.