Tuesday, May 25, 2010

21 May Featured Space: Outdoors - Tubs of Toys

For those of you on Facebook, you may have seen that I mentioned we finished up our garage organization project.  Wow, it was a great feeling.  I had spent every second of my spare time over the weekend working on it, and last night, my hub came to the rescue helping me finish up and move the big stuff.  Such a wonderful feeling when a big project comes to an end.  It's that feeling that keeps me coming back for more, and more and more!  And yes, we were a very joyful pair, breaking out a couple of lawn chairs, setting them in the driveway facing towards the garage, snagging a glass of wine and sitting back in complete awe. 

I am planning on revealing the entire process and some before and after pictures on Friday this week, each post to that point sharing a piece of the three day puzzle, so make sure to stay tuned!

As I mentioned here, I broke the garage into specific zones.  Yesterday I chatted about the auto zone, today, I am going to talk kids.

We are avid outdoors folks, well, during the summertime that is!  You won't find us inside much at all really.  And with all of the outdoor play, comes a lot of outdoor toys!  And what was happening was a combo of kids throwing toys into piles in the garage and a very special pooch, chewing up those toys!  And with all of the toys being tossed wherever the kids could find a spot, frequently just a random place on the garage floor, we eventually went from parking two cars in the garage, to one, to none.....

I needed a solution, and fast!  I will mention, that this is the only place where I invested any moola into this garage organization project!  And what I did spend, was a total of $24 on 4 large plastic baskets.  All other storage containers used were items found throughout the garage and home!  IHeart cheap makeovers!

I had emptied a plastic shelving unit which was previously full of a lot of random items, to give it the sole purpose of toy storage.  And with the new toy baskets in place, it already looked a gazillion times improved!


Each basket has its own purpose, one is for bike helmets, training wheels and a pump, another is for sports equipment such as baseball mits and soccer shin guards, one is for sandbox toys and one is designated holder of roller skates.


The sandbox toys are actually stored in the garage for a couple of reasons {in case you were wondering why we don't just keep them stashed in the sandbox itself}.  First, when left in the sandbox, our friendly pooch, Bentley, is unable to determine the difference between his toys and the kid's toys.  Therefore, often times we would find them shredded around the yard and kids would be in tears.  Not good.   Second, they aren't the most weather resistant toys, after hours in the sun or changes in temp, they become quite prone to cracks and breaks.  And lastly, keeping them stashed in this oh so handy bin, allows me to oh so easily snag it and toss it in the trunk for a day away at the beach!  I totally dig when I can find shortcuts!

You also may have noticed on the top shelf, that there was a drawer instead of a basket.  That is where I store all of our swimming stuff, including enough beach towels for the family and sun skincare products.


I chose to keep these goodies in a closed drawer, since garages have a tendency of becoming dusty much quicker than typical spaces, and there is nothing appealing about drying off with a dust covered towel!  And, the drawer slides out to become a portable basket, again, making it easy to bring in and out of the garage all together when needed!

Now, no organizing project would be complete if I didn't add some labels to the mix, and as I mentioned here when I featured our playroom and kid's clothes drawers, kid's do really well with getting things put back, when they know exactly where it belongs!

So, I went my typical route of running some labels created from cardstock and scrapbook paper, through a laminator.  The laminating is important to me because A: Kids are involved and B: Garages become dusty zones.


Then, I just punched two holes in the top of the label, and used some of my hub's zip-ties to loop them through the bin holes!


And then I snipped the extra length and the labels were attached!


I continued for all of the bins...


So when all was said and done, the shelf was full of organized outdoor toy storage!


And you can see what the big bin on the bottom shelf contains, there is no appropriate way for me to actually type what the contents include!

Such a difference this made to the whole garage space, for everyone in the family!  And even if you don't have a couple of little ones running around, these baskets {snagged from Target} are so perfect for any garage!  And they add a little color, which I completely found our garage was in some desperate need of!

Zone 1:  Auto.  Zone 2:  Toys.  What will I share tomorrow?  I am thinking Zone 3 will be all about tools... or pets?  Which?  I guess we will have to wait and see!  {Hint, you can snag a sneak peek at part of the tool zone in the pic above!}

I would love to hear your tips and tricks for storing kid's goods in the garage!  Or, any ways that you inject a little color into what is typically a drab space?  Anyone spoiled enough to have finished and painted garage walls?  I am so envious of those who do....









21 comments:

  1. great post.....as i too love anything to do with organization :) i keep our sidewalk chalk in a plastic container with a top (for stacking) and have a label from my label maker stuck on the front.

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  2. This is awesome. We just moved into our first house and we have a garage!! CRAZY! haha. It has already started to fill up so we really need to get on the organizing part of it. Not sure if you have posted before but I'd love to see how you deal with garabage / recycling - both inside the house and in the garage. Thanks for all your great tips!

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  3. Jen...your garage looks clean enough to eat in!! I've got the kids stuff pretty well organized into bins and labeled..could be better. I also keep craft supplies in a big cabinet out there.

    I love all of your containers and tips!

    -heather

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  4. Wow, it's so clean and organized! Love it. I won't mention what our garage looks like at the moment... suffice to say that we will be having a garage sale soon so we can actually park in there again. :)

    Thanks for sharing your always-wonderful tips and tricks!

    ~Chelsea

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  5. i love it! where did you get those bins??

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  6. Hi!

    The baskets are from Target, I found them on sale for $6 each, and they are SO durable and very good sized! Not sure what regular price is on these, but couldn't be much more I wouldn't think. I found them on an end cap near their bin isles.

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  7. Love your blog and this post!!

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  8. Wow Nice blog !
    I really loved your collection, Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection of pics with us.

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  9. Hi! Love you stuff! What program do you use to make your labels so cute?!

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    1. Thank you! I use Microsoft Excel. Just print onto cardstock, mount on pretty paper and laminate!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  10. Nice one. I really like your post. Thank you for sharing it your blog is very interesting and informative.

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  11. Great post! I have two boys - 14 and 2mos old; and I tremble at the thought of all the chaos our house will be in once they've grown a few years from now. I will definitely bookmark this, and come back once the older one starts playing outdoors. Thank you so much for the tips!

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  12. Jen...I have just recently discovered your blog and I am in total awe of your mad skills. I thought I was a great organizer, but you make it all look so much prettier than I ever have. I am inspired! I recently saw the best idea for sandbox toys and jumped on the bandwagon. While at the beach a family brought a laundry hamper filled with sand toys. I found one the next day for about $7 (after coupon) at Bed Bath & Beyond in a pretty light blue. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=204072 It is brilliant...easy to carry and easy to shake out the extra sand. There is a great side pocket for sunblock or shovels or whatever. It fits perfectly on the top shelf in my garage and is the perfect grab 'n go. Thanks for your great ideas!

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    1. That is a GENIUS idea! Love it! <3

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  13. Hi! Love your garage toy storage. Where did you get the top drawer bin and the bottom green clearish bin on the shelves? Not the middle ones from Target you had already mentioned. I have been looking for colored ones!

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    1. Oh and also where do you find all of your pretty mounting paper? I never have such luck!

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    2. All of the bins were from Target, including the transparent and drawer options. And I find mounting paper typically from Archivers or within paper packs found at Michaels and JoAnns.

      xo!
      Jen

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  14. Moms Organizing Masterpiece- MOMNovember 1, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    Jen, you are very creative and I always look forward to your next organizing projects! I cant wait till we get our new house to incoperate your organizing tips in our daily family routine! Love it, love it love it!!
    MOM

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  15. Hi Jen,
    I've been looking through you're blog and can't help but notice all your colors seem to go together...any advice for how to maintain that look throughout the house to someone who's not necessarily as neat and organized? I love the blog! Thanks for sharing your ideas :)

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    1. Thank you!

      I try to purchase things in a consistent color scheme and storage pieces that I can move around the home as our needs change. Selecting items which are versatile and neutral is the key as it allows the items to remain relevant even if their surroundings or wall colors change.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  16. Thank you so very much for sharing all your tricks! I love your blog! :)

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