Organizing Holiday Decorations

I am a huge fan of Rubbermaid totes. They are great for organizing and are easily labeled and stacked. I pulled all my holiday decorations out of the garage and into the house to see what I actually have, turns out I have something for most holidays it just doesn’t get used because I can never find it at the right time of year. I sorted everything into season and holiday then I bought some Rubbermaid totes in different sizes. I packed everything in the totes by holiday or season and then labeled them. I didn’t want to write directly … Continue reading

My Messy Garage

How does the garage get to be such a mess? When I bought this house Hailey and I had lived in apartments for five years, we really didn’t have any “garage” stuff, or so I thought. Initially boxes were put in the garage until they found a home inside. This wasn’t a big deal, I have lots of room in the house and was working on figuring out where everything should go. Eventually it all found its way into the house. Except the seasonal decorations, those stayed in the garage. I have everything in plastic tubs labeled with the holiday … Continue reading

Summer Is Perfect Time to Clean Out Garage

Summer is the perfect time to tackle outdoor areas that have long been neglected. One of the more overwhelming areas to work on is the garage. But since it is such a big job, I think this is one housekeeping area that should involve the entire family. Set aside an entire day where the family will be available to help pitch in. You will probably have to actually schedule this in and make sure that no other plans are made. There are three general rules for any big cleaning project like this. The first is to throw out anything considered … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Supply Finds at Garage Sales

Ever the princess of frugal, I am always on the look out for good bargains and deals at garage sales, that I can actually use. I avoid purchasing anything if I don’t have an immediate use for it, or I cannot see the long term benefit of buying it. Recently I have attended many garage sales with scrapbooking supplies, and have been very fortunate to pick up some awesome deals on things I will most definitely use. That seems not only frugal to me, but a fun find as well. I got pretty lucky on the first weekend we attempted … Continue reading

Going Green in the Garage (and Basement)

Do you want to start a new project in your home? How about going through your rooms and see what changed you can make to go green and lessen your family’s impact on the planet? There are so many changes that you can make, from the small to the large. We’ve already covered the bedroom and the bathroom. Now, let’s take a look at the garage and basement. Let’s first examine insulation. Insulating the basement can really do a lot to reduce your heating costs. Even if the basement are isn’t heated, having it insulated can still reduce the impact … Continue reading

Of Mice and Men

In the middle of the morning, around 4 am or so, I heard this loud scratching sounds. Fearful that our youngest son somehow got up and was getting into trouble, I headed downstairs, half asleep. When I got down, I found my husband with a flashlight and his head cocked to one side. The scratching started up again. “Is it a mouse?” I asked and he shushed me. I complained under my breath about our less than stellar extermination company; the one that failed to show up for the last two appointments. My husband opened the garage door and started … Continue reading

More Tips for Updating a Garage

Spring cleaning can also mean spring cleaning out. And there is probably no better space in most people’s homes than the garage for an overhaul. I already shared some ideas for simple updates to the garage space that will make a big impact. Now, I have some more tips for you. If you have an outside door leading in to your garage, consider replacing it with a 15-pane door. The panes of glass will let in a lot of light to the space. If you are worried about privacy, you can hand a curtain or blind as needed. For a … Continue reading

Updating a Garage

Want to make your garage more useful and even more attractive? Whether you want a relaxing place of your own to work, an organized space for your things, or a fun place to play, the following updates are well worth the effort. As a bonus, a nice garage will help raise your property value. Update the garage floor with a custom look. You can do this in one of two ways. First, try an oil-based paint made specifically for concrete floors. It is easy to apply and comes in many different colors. You can also create checkerboards or other patterns. … Continue reading

A Thief in the Garage

Have you ever heard of the proverbial thief in the henhouse? Well in our home it is a little different. We have a thief in the garage. My eldest son has been religiously collecting acorns practically wherever he goes. He spends part of his precious outdoor school recess time collecting them from the playground. He stops on walks to collect them. He visits botanical gardens and searches for any that the gardeners might have missed. His goal, he tells me, is to plant an entire stand of oak trees once spring comes and the ground thaws. Of course, I am … Continue reading

Organizing The Garage, Day 2

Well, we are finally at day two of our garage organization! And as you can see, we did manage to fit the mini-van in the garage after all. So how did we do it? Well, on day two, we got a bit of a late start. But fortunately that is all that we needed. We pulled out all of the remaining stuff that we stored away the night before. Next we moved the car in, making sure that it actually did fit in the garage with the door closed. We wanted to be able to stop the door just in … Continue reading