By Caroline Bujold
My husband Dave has been complaining about the state of his garage FOR-EVER. We’ve decluttered and cleaned it countless times, but it never seemed to help for long. Part of the issue is that there are too many car projects in various states of restoration. There is even a car parts section in our
dumping ground unfinished basement.
We’ve talked about buying cheap cabinets or more shelves, but I could not imagine anything that would help the situation given that pretty much all the space was already filled to capacity with mismatched storage units and work benches, some bought, some collected for free.
So when Dave said our neighbour’s brother-in-law was giving away free cabinets from his dental office, I was a bit nervous. Would they be usable in a garage? Would they fit the space he had? Would they stay uninstalled until Christmas and hinder his garage time even more? Would we have to move them to the dumping … I mean basement?
As soon as I saw the first cabinet installed though, I got it. What an awesome-kinda-perfectly-sized-cleaned-god-sent surprise those cabinets have been.
Dave was thrilled and I got excited for him. Add to that a few pegboards and you get a completely different garage.
The next day, I asked what else I could do to help and speed up the process. Dave suggested I make labels for his tools. LABELS my friends! Well, I mean, what else can an organized girl ask for?
I also kept him on point, when he got stuck on where or how to store something. I’m slowly learning that that’s my SUPERPOWER.
The garage is nowhere near from being done and I see many more decluttering sessions in our future, but Dave’s happy. He can find his tools and keeping dust kept to a minimum is realistic, at least in the cabinets.
Thanks neighbour 🙂