Oh boy... As I've mentioned, I've been helping a client get organized and giving her advice on storing her belongings in an orderly manner. Then we got to the garage... I gave her advice about shelving and placement, which she liked. When I got home, there was a text from her: "Can you send me a picture of your garage?"
MY garage? The one where we dump all our stuff? It is most assuredly NOT ready for a photo opportunity!
Our 2-car garage is the one source of storage for my family of four. Our attic is negligible and awkward, so we don't store anything there. Our closets are small and hold our clothing, period. The garage holds a treadmill, weight bench, refrigerator, stand-up freezer, all our tools, 20 bins of Christmas decor, bins of outgrown hobbies, hubby's framed artwork that he hopes to sell some day, our overflow pantry, beach and camping equipment, the grill, and five bikes. I'm sure there's more, but those are the big items right there.
It should be fairly obvious that we don't store a car in our garage. I have organized our shelving well, though, and there's actually room for a knife-throwing station and two large trash cans in addition to everything else. However, I do live with humans... everything can be arranged as beautifully as I can make it, but I can't control the way people put tools and bikes away. Individual shelves are pretty messy, and the boxes and bags of items for donation threaten to overtake the floor.
Yesterday and today I did some rearranging. There are a couple of really big things that need to go to the dump, and I'm waiting for the bike rack to come in (we'll be able to hang two of them, which will be great), and then I can take a picture. I'll post it here for all of you, too! Heck, I'll be so proud of it that I'll probably use it as my icon photo on Facebook!