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Garage Clearout


Soon-to-be-parents Linet and Ricardo Blondet recently moved to Miami, where they plan to start their family. They love their new home, but have had trouble getting the garage in order. At 18 by 21 feet, it is filled with a mishmash of tools, workout equipment, laundry and general clutter. The garage was being treated more like a holding room for everything the Blondets hadn't found space for in their new home. All that clutter took up so much space the Blondets had to squeeze out a tiny — and somewhat dangerous — path to get to the washer and dryer.


They would like to get the space organized before the baby arrives. Professional organizer Beth Levin agreed to help them make that happen. Now the garage is a vibrant living area that's an extension of their house. There is enough room for ample storage as well as a full workout zone. And, there is plenty of room to move around in the streamlined laundry area, plus Linet has a designated area for gardening tasks (to the left of the dryer). See how she did it below.

Products from The Container Store:

single laundry center, chrome
laundry bag, Tomato
44-drawer cabinet for the tool area
three Expand-a-Drawers
Extrawide Expand-a-Drawer
two Elfa four-runner wide drawer panels, white
White tops for above
two Elfa two-runner wide white drawer panels
four Elfa one runner, wide
12-qt. jug for laundry detergent
four Lazy Susans
2.25-gallon galvanized tub
small gym basket
gift wrap seven-runner frame, white, narrow
2 two-runner drawers, white
flat shelf, narrow
2 one-runner drawers
drawer back stop pins
narrow drawer trays
accessory basket
gift-wrap holder
three clear plastic liners for gift wrap
two jumbo storage boxes
Underbed storage
six clear plastic liners for tools
Classico adhesive chrome hook
mesh CD tower
Calypso trolley, red
sweater drawer divider
shirt drawer divider
three shirt drawers
two sweater drawers, clear plastic
two sweater boxes

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

five gallons, Real Red paint for garage walls
three gallons, White flat paint for ceiling
one gallon White high-gloss paint for door jambs
one gallon Killz sealer
three gallons P5 Primer

Products from Home Decorators:

5' x 7' 9" bamboo rug, varnished, Natural
Hold Tight rug underlay 5' x 8', Natural

Products from Accent Custom Closets:

garage system in white melamine
two 12"d x 30"w x 30"h wall cabinets
24" wide rod and shelf
24"d x 20"w x 40"h base cabinet with a 6"h x 24"d drawer with doors below
hardrock maple mica top 24"d x 20"w
pegboard, 42"h x 20"w
24"d x 36"w x 67"h tall cabinet with two doors
38"d x 98 1/2h panel to hide a/c unit
30"d x 90 1/4h panel to cover gap behind existing cabinets
three 12"d x 30"w x 24"h wall cabinets with doors
pegboard 24"h x 90"w
hardrock maple mica top 24"d x 90"w
three 24"d x 30"w x 40"h base cabinets with a 6" h -24"d drawer with doors below
lawn and garden rack
24 upgraded pulls

Products from Xyron:

500 Create-A-Sticker


    • Storage units from Accent Custom Closets
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