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Get Going on your Garage!

That is my really cute yellow bike! :)

A garage is commonly thought of as a place for cars, a “man’s cave,” or as storage for all the Christmas decorations and numerous items that won’t fit in the house or attic. It can be a great place for storing things that you do not routinely use but it can also turn into a storage dump quickly. The best solution to keeping your garage tidy and organized is with tons of shelving or cabinets.

Home improvement stores charge $400 for a simple workbench, with no shelving underneath or attachments. It is relatively simple to make your own workbench and it can be cut to the exact width and size for your garage for a fraction of the cost.

My boyfriend has a bazillion tools so finding somewhere to put them was definitely in order. We measured the length, width and height of the desired bench, then went to our local Home Depot to purchase the lumber. He started out by making a long rectangular cube with the 4×4 pieces. He then nailed additional 4×4 pieces to the middle for an additional shelf. He then attached the top unit and shelving piece to complete the project.

With a little creativity and carpentry, you can create an extremely useful workbench and storage, all for around $80.

If you want to keep the uncluttered look, you can install cabinets onto the work bench so the stored items are not in view for a really clean and sleek look.

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Down and Dirty with Spring Cleaning

Spring is officially here! The flowers are blooming, birds chirping and your house might still be a little out of control from the Christmas and New Year’s Eve party you haven’t recovered from yet.

The twentieth of March marks the official beginning of spring and is also a great time to clean out your house and get organized.

Here are some tips on getting your house in shape for the rest of the year:

  • Throw away trash! I know this seems simple, but some jobs look extremely daunting at first. Getting rid of the trash makes a job a lot easier.
  • 1-year-rule: If you haven’t used something in a year, it’s not worth keeping. Donate or toss it in the trash.
  • Sort your clothes that you haven’t worn in years or that are tattered.
  • Don’t keep broken or in projects in need of repair. If you haven’t fixed them by now, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be getting around to it anytime soon.

For a really messy room, take everything out and start fresh. Bring in organization tools for the closets and such to help get the job done.

Spring cleaning is also great for putting away all those winter decorations and clothes and putting out the fun spring and summer items.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather! Beaches, biking, hiking and picnics are fun and inexpensive activities to enjoy the outdoors. Have fun!

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