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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
You can easily reach in the side opening, without having to get all the balls out.
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.
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.
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?)
We’ve got another one near the bikes for helmets.
The ladders hang from heavy-duty screws, drilled directly in the wall.
So that covers the sports gear…now on to the yard tools.
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.
Honestly, I don’t reach for these tools often, but seeing them all lined up makes me happy!
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.
Pretty big improvement, don’t you think?!
And now, how about your own garage overhaul hook-up?!?!