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Garage Organization (Before)

By Our Home from Scratch on Oct 08, 2012

Happy Columbus Day!!  Or as my Italian wife calls it, “better than St. Patrick’s Day.”  :)   Today we’re enjoying a day off from work together and will be getting some much needed errands done.  I’d really like to get cracking on a couple quick projects this week to keep me busy (or busier) in between car repair work. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been doing a few car maintenance projects like changing out my front brakes and rotors and changing my front differential fluid.  I’m not going to blog about the front diff fluid work, it’s kinda boring and really, really messy.  I’ve noticed that my work and storage areas are really getting cluttered and disheveled.  Actually the whole garage could use a boost in cleanliness and organization.

Here’s what it looks like right now.


It’s really not THAT bad, it’s just become an eyesore at this point.  The entire workbench area is a hot mess.

What do we have here?  Looks like my letterman jacket from high school.  I lettered in cross country.  Haven’t jogged since like 1998, for real!!  Not sure why that’s there.  I think it may have been in my car a while from some reason.  We’ve also got a couple mini propane containers, spray cans of polyurethane, paint stuff, a MAPP gas can.  You get the point.  I think the wall above this bench would make a great spot for a shelf, even if it is a little high up.

Also got my bucket buddy, which may be the greatest tool caddy invention ever.  That gray 5 gallon jug is filled with used engine and gear oil.  Need to get rid of that soon.  Couple rotor boxes and an extension cord.  I’m somewhat self shaming myself here.  I think it will give me a kick in the pants to get moving with cleaning this up.

The rest of the garage isn’t too too bad.  We STILL need to get some shoe organization going.  That’s high on my to-do list this week.  AND we have a timer switch for the outdoor lights that’s literally been sitting on my workbench for nearly a year.

The floors could stand to be re-epoxied, but that’s definitely not going to happen until at least the spring.  The first epoxy coat I applied right after we moved in is a bit blotchy.  The concrete absorbed some of it in certain areas and consequently it’s rough and porous in those spots.  The rest of the floor is very smooth and non-absorbant.  I think a second coat will do the trick.

If you’re thinking about epoxy painting your garage floors, I’d recommend it.  It’s not completely impervious to stains though.  The most common car fluids you’ll see under your car are motor oil and water condensate from the air conditioning.  Those are fine.

Break fluid though, not so much.

Note to self:  Next time I replace a brake caliper and bleed my brake lines, put down some newspaper.

Hope you enjoy your Monday!!  What are you planning at the moment?

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