When we remodeled our house in what I now refer to as "The Great Remodel of 1996" we added a 2 car garage, a hallway into the house from said garage, a big game room, and a storage room. The storage room has a door in from the game room and a door in from the garage, in opposite corners of the room. It also has a small built in closet for the air conditioner. The total size of the room is about 12' X 12' (approximate, I actually have not measured it exactly). We keep a freezer in there and it's our "on-site" storage shed in essence. Well, over time this room becomes the catch-all of catch-alls! It catches everything! Finally it gets to the point where it was, where I have only left myself a small walkway to the freezer. Every other spare inch of space is occupied! I've even gone so far this time that I've actually blocked the door to the garage now. Boo Hiss...Bad BikerCandy!!!!
As I'm working on the entry way and Hot Rod is working on our hall bathroom I have spent more time looking for some tool or the other than I've spent on actually working on my projects! The time had come to take a break in all the projects and clean out the storeroom so I could finally find things when I needed them.
So, step 1, take a before picture. In usual BikerCandy fashion, I remembered to do this after about an hour or 2 of starting. So, you'll have to pretend here yet again!
This is taken from the doorway from the game room. That door on the left goes to the garage. Prior to starting that entire space was covered with stuff. The stuff went all the way around to what you see on the right with just a small walkway to the freezer left.
This is the view from the other side. So, yeah...it all looked like this! Stuff stacked on top of stuff, stacked on top of stuff. Definitely dangerous too. Anytime I did actually find something I was looking for, getting it out was an entirely different challenge. You had to be very careful removing anything because it was all so delicately balanced that one small change and it all came tumbling down!
So, step 1: Clean it all out completely to just an empty room! This meant we moved both of the cars out of the garage and pulled Hot Rod's bike down to the back of the garage by the door. Now the garage was empty and ready to work as my new storage staging area. I created 4 stacks. One was trash to be thrown away. One was stuff that needed to come back into the room. One was stuff I wanted to keep but didn't use all the time (later projects, etc) to be moved to the barn. The last was stuff I wanted to get rid of...either selling on Craigs List or taking to Goodwill or just giving away to anyone that wants it that I know.
The cleaning out part took the better part of day 1. And by better part I mean I didn't finish until 10:30 at night and I started a little after noon on Saturday. Boy was I beat too! But, here is my finished pride and joy!
The stack of stuff to go back into the room.
And...here's the room completely empty with the exception of the freezer and the shelving we have for this room.
Nothing had to be done to the old shelf units. Just cleaned them off and they were ready to use again.
I claimed the larger of the existing shelves as my own. This is going to be my current project staging area. I'm using this as my decorative storage and my trash 2 treasure projects currently being done. I'm in heaven! I loaded it full too! It has stuff that I'm not using right now but I still love and every now and then I change things out and I'll be able to come in here and "shop" here first before heading out to buy anything.
And, here it is...the finished room! All done, all cleaned out, all organized, all WONDERFUL! All it took was a bunch of effort and a weekend at home. No money was spent on this AT ALL! I already had every single thing I used in the making of this store room.