Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Garage Storage!

If you have been here a while, you would know that the garage is the hub of our house.  We are outdoor peeps.  The Five Little Reasons spend most of the weekend on the Driveway.  As my girlfriends and I sit on our outdoor lounge, the Five Little Reasons and their friends ride their bikes, play giant lawn chess, street hockey, cricket and any other ball game you can think of, as well as do their arts and crafts all on the driveway.

See the back wall?  That is our school station.  Shoes, school bags, hats and schedules all easy accessable.   You can find information about our School Station HERE.

I store all of our Christmas paraphernalia in our garage.  I was told many years ago that the roof in our QLD home is far too hot for such precious items, so I no longer try to balance at the top of a ladder while shoving a 8 foot tree box through a 60x60cm square manhole.

As you can see, I am pretty organised.  With the growing collection of bikes, trikes, scooters, rip riders, street hockey gear and all other types of driveway toys, I have to keep it neat and tidy.  This room gets cleaned out every weekend.  While the kids are playing, I am resorting, cleaning and sweeping away all the dirt, leaves and grass that makes it way back in again every single day.

Everything has a home, which is clearly marked.  Even the Five Little Reasons know where to find things.  

To make life easier, the clear box next to the "Beach Toys" homes ALL of our swimming clothes.  It makes it so much easier to grab the box, sit on the lounge and hand over a Reasons swimmers and vests.  The clear box below homes all the rain coats.  

All the clear boxes above the balls hold all the various craft items. 

Christmas decorations, Easter and other special holiday paraphernalia.  It is easy to see and find what we have.

Painting necessities and Music equipment.  

When a child grows out of a pair of shoes, they are put in the "hand-me-down shoes" box, ready for when another pair of feet are big enough.  

When I see basic school supplies on special throughout the year, I will place them into the "School Supplies" box.  Plenty of the Five Little Reasons favourite contact paper, folders, even glue sticks as low as 50c each, helps make January easier on the wallet.

Down the other side of the car is the Lawn Mower, a ladder, a "garage" vaccum cleaner (I bought a cheap one for picking up all the things I don't wish to have my Dyson subjected to), plus some extra large speakers which Brett won't let go of and the Five Little Reasons blackboard.

We don't have the room anywhere to keep the drum kit set up permanently, however it is easy to set up and pack away.  During the holidays, it will stay out for longer, either in the garage or lounge room (until I get sick of it and we pack it away again!)

Oh, and see that giant blue box at the bottom?  The one with the red X on it?  That holds secret items purchase throughout the year ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree.  Ssh... now you know my secret hiding spot!  :)

Do you have a garage?  Do you have a shed?  Where do you store things?  

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  1. We have just moved and are trying to work that out. No garage, tiny rusting shed and it's a rental. We have a massive undercover patio so were storing some things under it until a big storm proved that it wasn't water-tight. So it is the spare room for us and endeavouring to have minimalist tendencies...

  2. I have loved your garage set up for a long time now. Where did you get the shelving unit? I like it ;) although prob not available for me living country and all :(

    We store all that stuff IN our house, except bikes. They live under a patio type thing. We HAVE no storage BUT I just checked out the rental we might rent and baby!!! If we get that.. We'll have an awesome set up for our family. (& stealing your very own organization tips!!) ;)

  3. I too have 5 kidlets and I aspire to be more organised! Some days are just sheer chaos. Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration, please keep it up. Loved the school/bag station and now will be off to reinstate some trusty tubs and buy some more for the swimmers box, stationery and more! I collect the stationery but it's taking over, your solution, practical and logical! By the way love your name.

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