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Friday, June 28, 2013

{Organized} Garage (the Sports Gear & Yard Tools)

Happy, happy Friday!! It has been a crazy-busy week for me, so I'm excited the weekend is finally here. Since our son is still visiting grandparents in Michigan, we're treating Babygirl to a little staycation at a local hotel, complete with lagoon-style pool and room service. We may be creating a little monster. Who am I kidding, I'm more excited than she is!

Today I've got another organizing project for you...that's right, two in one week! Bam! As part of my 'Taking Back Our House' mantra, I'm a possessed woman on a mission to get everything organized. It feels so good once a space is complete, that it easily snowballs into the next.

The Garage has been the latest victim of my wrath...first the spraypaint, then shelves and pegboard...and now the sports gear and yard tools.

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If you have kids, or an active husband, chances are, you have gear for every sport laying around your garage. Including the dreaded metal scooter, that always falls and clips me in the ankle when I get out of the car. As our collection grew, it started piling up around the perimeter of the garage...making it a tight fit for our cars, and moms with bony ankles.

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I always seemed to have a rogue ball stuck under my car, too. Just for today, I'm going to pretend to be a grown-up, and leave that one alone. Oh nevermind...TWSS.

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For the safety of balls and ankles everywhere, we decided a new system...or rather....any system was needed. Enter: Monkey Bars Garage Storage Systems! Installing the heavy-duty Monkey Bar into studs was a breeze...make sure to use your tallest tool as a gauge for how high it needs to be on the wall.

Keep reading to see the newly organized garage, and for your chance to win a Monkey Bar System!



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Then slide the assorted hooks on, and snap into place. The fun part was watching all that gear go from the floor, to the walls, in one compact spot!

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Even the scooters have a new home, away from my ankles! Along with 4 bats, a hitting stick, 8 full-size balls, a bike pump, and an extra hook for bags!

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This sports bag might be the greatest invention ever. The frame mounts to the bar just like the hooks, and the mesh bag, which is open at the top, and sealed closed at the bottom, is attached with super-strong velcro.

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You can easily reach in the side opening, without having to get all the balls out.

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Puuuuuuurty! I thought about painting the walls, but Texas is already near 100-degrees...ain't nobody got time for that! So I swept the floor instead.

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As for the gloves and smaller balls, I used a wall rack leftover from this project, and hung a flat-bottom girl basket on a leftover hook from the Mudroom.

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The basket is great for transporting to batting practice...the boys just grab the whole thing off the hook, and it sits on the ground without spilling.

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Baseball mitts hang nearby on this cool Ikea gadget (I can't find the link because I don't know it's crazy Swedish name?! Can anyone help? Bueller?)

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We've got another one near the bikes for helmets.

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The ladders hang from heavy-duty screws, drilled directly in the wall.

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So that covers the sports gear...now on to the yard tools.

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The previous owners had a board attached to the wall, with large nails in it for hanging tools. That worked for awhile, until the board fell out. Now each tool hangs from these little $1 hooks.

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Honestly, I don't reach for these tools often, but seeing them all lined up makes me happy!

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We utilized more vertical space by storing holiday decor, camping gear, and other garage-appropriate-crap on shelves above our heads. But now, all the stuff we use regularly, is at eye-level and easy to access.

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Pretty big improvement, don't you think?!

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And now, how about your own garage overhaul hook-up?!?!


{Giveaway & Discount}

The cool people at Monkey Bars Storage are giving one of you lucky ducks the choice of:
My Exact System, a Bike Rack, or a Yard Tool Rack!

Simply leave a comment telling me what you want to clean up in your garage,
or your best garage organization tip.

Extra entries for all the usual suspects:
Tweet, Facebook, Skywrite, etc
More entries if you follow Monkey Bars on Facebook or Twitter!

And if you just need to get started now,
use code SUGARPLUM for 15% off your total order!
(Code & Giveaway expires July 15, 2013)


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Good luck, lovebugs...and happy weekend!

(And a big Happy Birthday to me mum!)

75 comments:

  1. I'm loving your sports equipment station...we are in need of something like this with 3 kids and 4 different sports, it needs to be organized so everyone can find what they need for practices and games.

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  2. Great system. Now I'm inspired. I'm thinking a variation on the sports bag could be just want I need to corral my daughter's stuffed animals...

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  3. This looks so great! You must love having all the stuff off the floors! Two of the walls in my garage are concrete -and ain't nobody got time to drill into concrete to hang stuff so I'm gonna have to get creative.

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  4. This is a dream come true! Our garage is an absolute mess and we just don't know where to start. Our poor kids can barely get their bikes out!

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  5. Holy smokes! That is the most organized garage I have ever seen! I love the bike helmet and baseball glove holders! Also the sports rack holder! I pinned away! haha! Hoping to clean and organize ours in the Fall when its a little cooler in there!:)

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  6. This looks great! Sadly we don't have a garage but we do have a storage house that is a hot mess. It houses all our bikes and tools and such. It could use a little, I mean a lot of organization help! :)

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  7. Love the ball holder!! But I need a solution for bikes especially when winter hits and we want both cars in the garage. I am going to have to hit the local ikea for those crazy hooks though!! Thanks for the ideas!!

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  8. I love the look of this storage system. We need some yard tools organization, but in the near future the sports organization would come in handy as my son in starting to accumulate balls and a scooter (he is 2). I really like that sports bag!

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  9. We just moved into our first home and are at the tail end of re-doing our whole kitchen... so needless to say the garage has taken a serious back seat! Can't wait to get it cleaned out so I can get my car back in there!

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  10. It's like you know exactly what needs to be done at my house and write about it. Our garage is a hot mess right now. My husband just moved our business into the garage so needless to say my once stellar 3 car garage can't even fit one car :( Love the mit and helmet hooks!

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  11. What a great system! I really need to get my garage cleaned up!

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  12. I need to work on the sports stuff in my garage.

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  13. So envious of your garage. Ours is a disaster of my stuff + his stuff + toddler bikes and wagons and a mysterious rock/stick collection from our 4 year old.

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  14. We're in the midst of planning a wedding, so need help organizing all of the crazy JUNK that we're gathering.

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  15. All of your organization posts have me so inspired! Our garage is also our only storage area... and our laundry room. Would love something like this to get a jump start on organizing!

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  16. Our garage is a nightmare. My husband has so many tools, they are all over the floor. I need a wall mount system ASAP!!!

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  17. I would love to organize all of our extra boxes (from appliances and for moving) in my garage with a sweet shelving system like yours. Also, having a more visually appealing system of hanging yard tools would be nice, as well.

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  18. I love how your balls are hanging! *what the--who said that*

    I'm thinking we need this system for the Mr. By the amount of skateboards, snowboards, balls, & sporty toys he's amassed in our garage, you'd think a teenage boy lives at our house.

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  19. I need to organize the whole thing! I just moved from 2500 sq ft to about 1800, and lost a ton of space including half a garage! I have sports equipment, bikes, christmas decorations, etc.

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  20. Looks great Cassie. This is when I am so thankful we have a basement to store all that stuff. The razor scooters bring back memories. I remember when they first came out and our girls HAD to have them! LOL Hope you are staying cool by the pool. We were in Waco last weekend, so hot. However, I think it is even hotter this weekend.

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  21. I am coveting their 6 bike rack.

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  22. I would love to have a bike rack because our bikes take up so much space that they clutter the garage, leaving no room for the cars.

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  23. My garage needs a major clean out before we can organize, but you have given me some ideas and some motivation to get moving. My goal for the summer is to take a load of stuff to Goodwill every week. Hopefully that will help make a dent in the crazy garage.

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  24. The bike rack would be great since they currently just stand around in the middle of the garage or lean on shelves thus blocking off storage for other things.

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  25. Following Monkey Bars on Twitter!

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  26. I love your honesty and writing style. Heck no, I won't be out there in my garage when it is 95 outside with 70% humidity, I'm with you. I would love the Monkey Bar systems for all kinds of things, like a few tools, dog training and other gear and yep, I've got a couple of bikes hidden in the volcano which clearly erupted out there. Can't be any other explanation!

    Thanks for you bright way of writing - it cheers me! And thanks for the chance to win the Monkey Bar systems. wooo-whoo!

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  27. Our garage is just desperate...literally looks like a hoarder is growing it's wings in our garage! I'm still gladly going to blame moving still, or unpacking really!

    I am following Monkey Bars on Twitter and FB! AND you of course on FB!

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  28. The garage looks great! I am desperately in need of organization d for all my tennis stuff.

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  29. My yard tools are a disaster! That needs to be the first thing to get organized in my garage... and then everything else that is crammed in there (bike, hand tools, power tools, gardening stuff, etc).

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  30. Great post - I'm totally inspired to get to work on mine!

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  31. I would love to win the Monkey Bars Bike Rack! I've got bikes multiplying in my garage and would love to organize them! Great giveaway!
    Kara

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  32. I liked Monkey Bar Storage on Facebook!
    Kara

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  33. I'm following Monkey Bar Storage on twitter!
    Kara

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  34. How I would love to get just one car into our two car garage. But with two boys and all their sports equipment (and the dreaded hockey bags) and one husband who owns every tool he can get his hands on they never make it in there. That monkey bars storage system would be a big help

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  35. My entire garage is old, dirty, unorganized and ugly...it's on my list but just don't know where to start!

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  36. I have all sorts of stuff in our garage. I have never been able to park my car in it and we have lived in our home for 5 years.NEVER. Not once!!! I could certainly use the help. Love what you did. I'm pinning your garage!

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  37. So inspiring. Our 3-car garage has not a SINGLE car in it and I am wildly de-cluttering and re-purposing this summer. I want three cars in it by New Year's (slow and steady or not at all around here ...).

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  38. I'd love to organize all my husbands tools and all of the shoes that seem to accumulate in the garage.

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  39. We just moved from a condo to a house and finally have a garage. Our tools needs to be organized. Also, following monkey bar on fb now. Thanks!

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  40. We just moved from a condo to a house and finally have a garage. Our tools needs to be organized. Also, following monkey bar on fb now. Thanks!

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  41. OMG - my garage looks like a tornado hit it - I would love one of htese to organize all of the kid "stuff"... scooters, basketballs, boogie boards, etc. that have found their way to the garage floor. Yikes.

    And love the tennis ball to show you where to park - my hubby did the same for me!

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  42. I so need this system!! My garage is embarrassing right now!! Seriously, we have a 3 car garage and the ONLY car currently fits in there is a BARBIE JEEP!!! I too have the problem with those darn scooters that whip around so fast and hit my ankle bone! I need to get the kiddos toys, bikes, scooters, plasma cars, etc Up OFF the floor! Love this and Love your blog!! Your TWSS sense of humor is totally me...I can't ever let one go! LOL

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  43. Your garage looks great! Mine needs serious help. My decor items need some serious organization. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  44. I followed on facebook as Karen Campanaro

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  45. I followed them on Twitter as klcampy

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  46. My whole garage could use some organization. Shelving, hooks, etc. Everything is kind of stacked on the floor right now.

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  47. My garage needs a desperate makeover to get items off of the floor!

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  48. Everything in my garage is a mess and in desparate need of some organization :)

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  49. I definitely need to organize the baseball/basketball/bicycle gear in our garage.

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  50. Oh goodness, I would love the system you have, and a bike rack AND a yard tool rack! We just built some shelves in our garage which helped a bunch but could use some racks, husband really wants to hang our bicycles and tools, they're on our home improvement list.

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  51. We need to organize all the baseball, basketball, bikes, scooter, misc yard stuff, tools, etc. I could keep going since I have 3 very active boys & a just as active hubby. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to win 1 of these amazing systems.

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  52. Having fun checking out your blog since it was featured on IHeart Organizing today. Would love to win something from Monkey Bars Garage Storage. :-)

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  53. We just moved and I literally can't pull my car in the garage because the entire thing needs to be organized!!

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  54. I am so jealous of your garage organization. I feel like I do this every summer and each year it gets "reorganized" by the hubby and children. I love the hanging system for scooters, because man those things can do some damage to the ankles!

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  55. Oh, I only need to organize EVERY CORNER of my garage! We moved in a year ago and are having a hard time finding the opportunity in the short spring and fall seasons to really tackle this project. Hoping that pining some of these pics and tips will help motivate me around September!

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  56. My garage needs major help!!!! I could use anything

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  57. Would love to get our three bikes and 2 scooters up off the garage floor.

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  58. We are almost finished building a new farmhouse! Hoping to get this garage organized from the start and keep it that way!!

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  61. Sorry that posted 3 times! Whoops!

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  62. I would love to organize the bikes. They are always in the way.

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  63. I would love to organize the bikes. They are always in the way.

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  64. I could use some bike storage and tool storage equipment. Lots of other good ideas in your garage!

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  65. Want this for one of my kids, they have so much stuff with 3 kids and a tiny 2 car garage, they need much help to maximize their space.

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  66. We just moved and I really need this to help organize my chaos in the garage dumping ground.

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  67. we just moved and our garage is a complete disaster. would love this to help motivate a complete overhaul!

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  68. i want to organize the bikes in our "garage", which is really just a big detached shed!!

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  69. Thanks for share cheap garage organizing ideas to get the started today.

    Garage Organizer

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  70. Great information, I always have trouble keeping my garage tidy and clean. I've made a promise to myself to put away all of my tools and not use any extra space as a storage room for things I don't need. My garage also has some pretty badly stained concrete floors that I have been trying to research a cleaning method for; any tips?

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  71. You put it perfectly. Through the ups and downs, it is the most amazing experience. I teared up at the end of your blog.




    Ice Hockey Equipment & Ice Hockey Bag

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  72. Can you tell me where you purchased the white plastic basket for the smaller balls?
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lori -- that plastic container is from Ikea. I believe they market it as a plastic bag holder, for recycling? hope this helps!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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