Hanging Out in the Garage

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Without a basement or a backyard shed our garage has to hold it all, including our dozen or so bikes and wheeled toys.


I have two boys who spend about 11.5 hours a day riding their bikes, trikes, and scooters. My garage is proof. It’s a disaster. It’s so bad that I no longer leave the garage door open, fearful that our neighbors will see the chaos.

A friend, who is a home stager, once gave me a tip to make a space feel larger and less cluttered: to remove everything from the floor and use the walls.

Organizing our bikes has long been on my to-do list so I picked up the Rubbermaid FastTrack this week at Target. With all the different hook attachments I figured it would be my first step to get our stuff off the floor.

rubbermaid-fasttrack.jpgThe 5-piece Rubbermaid FastTrack kit comes with a 32″ bar and four hooks. Target also carries a variety of other hook options, which can be purchased individually.awesome-garage-organizer.jpgInstallation is simple and quick. It took me about 25 minutes to install (only because I took forever to find a 1/8″ drill bit; as you see above our garage isn’t exactly organized).

Simply mark where you want the screws to go, pre-drill the holes, screw metal bar onto wall, then slip the rubber guide over top.

The hooks simply clamp on. I plan on returning to Target this week to purchase one more Rubbermaid FastTrack 5 piece kit since it will be on sale for $28.89 (reg. $33.99) from May 18, 2014 – May 24, 2014. 

How do you organize your kids’ bikes and scooters?

Wood Plank Wall Hallway {Part 1}

wood-plank-wallTo see a detailed tutorial of how to make your own wood plank wall visit Part 2 of this Post.

We have no front hall closet or mudroom, just this small wall behind our door. So I had to work with what I had.

A wood plank wall was a perfect solution to add a bit of character to our suburban home as well as holding a whole bunch of wall hooks to keep our coats off the ground. Continue reading

Bathroom Organization Ideas


Basically the last two months my husband has been out of the country traveling for work. That means very little blog projects have been happening around here. By the time I actually get my kids in bed I’m too exhausted to do any painting or furniture makeovers.

So here is a simple 5 minute bathroom organization project I finished last weekend.

I picked up the little wooden hooks forever ago at a thrift store for $1. Perfect for necklaces. The wire baskets came from DecorSteals.com. I originally bought them for my kids room to put books in, but they were much smaller than what I thought. So they sat in my craft room for the past year. But hung on the wall they make the perfect storage for my hair dryer. It’s great to have that stuff up off the counter.

scarfsI also found this wooden accordion hanger at Goodwill. Perfect for my scarfs.

It only took 5 minutes to do and I already feel way more organized.


Fridge Mats from $2 Placemats

fridge-coastersSo did you know there was such a thing as fridge mats? I know kind of ridiculous. But when I saw all that trendy chevron and polka dot cuteness I was convinced that something this was ridiculous was absolutely necessary.


I found the idea of using inexpensive placemats in a magazine months ago. But never got around to finding the perfect placemats to use.  So while my husband had our screaming boys in the cereal aisle, I scooted away to check out the placemat selection at Target. And for $2 a pop, I found a few good options (I bet a dollar store would carry them too). Continue reading