Before: Cluttered GarageHomeowners Rose and Roland Tagle live in South Florida, where homes normally don't have basements. Thus, their garage has become a catchall for everything. The place is piled high with tools, bikes, paint supplies and excess furniture. They have lived in the house for six years and have yet to be able to park two cars in there. They weren't able to decorate for the holidays last year because they couldn't get to their decorations, which are stuffed in a small alcove that is covered by large mattresses and miscellaneous items. The Tagles would love to have an organized garage where they don't have to battle to get to what they need.
Whenever the Tagle kids want to get out their bikes they have to ask their parents to move all the stuff that's in the way. It's a hazard because the bikes always managed to get covered with boxes, cleaning supplies and other clutter. By the time mom and dad get the bikes out,the kids aren't interested in riding them anymore. Professional organizer Betty Kim knows how to maximize minimal space and has a plan of action for this cluttered garage.
After: Vertical OrganizationNew vertical storage and dividers make everything easily accessible. Higher, more durable shelves provide plenty of room to house paints and cleaning supplies. A shelving unit hangs from the ceiling to store items that aren't used very often, such as holiday decorations. A vertical bike rack and toy storage bins make it easy for the kids to get to their sports equipment. Once all the clutter was removed, the homeowners rediscovered their Ping Pong table and can now play whenever they want.
Before: Furniture WarehouseHomeowner Roland is a pretty handy guy when his tool bench is free and clear for him to work. There is a storage alcove to the right of the tool bench, but you'd never know it was there because it is covered with mattresses. The alcove is jammed packed with holiday decorations. They are such a pain to get to that the family doesn't bother decorating anymore.
After: Outlined ToolsGone is all the excess furniture. With the place decluttered, the tool bench was able to be completely cleaned and reorganized. The homeowners came up with their own plan to help them keep their tools organized .They outlined the shape of each tool on the workbench peg board with magic marker. Organizer Betty Kim followed suit on the side wall, with outlines of the ladder, wheelbarrow and step stool. Now when it's time to put things away, there will be no question as to where they belong.