Garage Organisation Tips and Advice

This post comes to you today as a bit of a story about mine and Jay’s garage, and why we need some garage organisation in our lives!

The garage was a selling point when we bought our house. It’s a double garage that sits in the back garden, and is perfect for all of Jay’s projects. When we started our house search, we didn’t really know what we were looking for, only that it needed some kind of workshop space and needed to be a doer-upper.

We ticked off both of those things when we bought our house. It was definitely a doer-upper (hello green carpet and 70s kitchen). The garage was a great size.

It was only when we moved in, we realised how much of a problem the garage was.

  • We found a rats’ nest
  • It leaks like a sieve
  • It has an asbestos roof
  • It’s basically built straight onto the ground with no foundations

So just a few problems.

It still leaks, and so we’re trying desperately to get everything off the floor and onto racking or shelving. Garage organisation is so important. I hate going in there because it’s a mess (and I do have to go in there because our washing machine is in there). You can never find anything, and who knows what might be living in our old kitchen cabinets.

So how can you complete your garage organisation and make it a fairly nice place to go into?

 

Labels

Labels are your friend. How else are you supposed to know what is in each box? Everything should be boxed by ‘type’, e.g. car cleaning, tools, paint, etc. This means when you go into the garage, you can see straight away what box you need. And it’s a case of just lifting it off and opening it.

 

Wall hooks

Hanging items on the wall gets everything off the floor and absolutely tops off garage organisation. It saves space, and makes everything neat and tidy so you can just lift your item off. A company like GearHooks will sort your garage out easily. No matter what your hobby, fishing, skiing, BMXing, GearHooks has a hook for you.

 

Racking

This is a necessity. It means you can stack things up high rather than letting them take up floor space. We’ve recently bought wall-to-wall racking which is yet to be put together. However, when it is, it’ll be a massive help.

 

Keep an eye out for my post in a couple of weeks on how our garage looks after it’s been organised and storage has been introduced!

Feel Like your Home Needs an Upgrade?

Do you know when your home needs an upgrade? Or maybe you don’t see the peeling paint and worn down carpet.

When you live in a place, and see it all the time, it’s difficult to see when things start to look a little shabby. But take a step back and really take a look at your home. Maybe the wallpaper has started to peel, the carpet is looking tacky, and the furnishings are a little worse for wear.

It’s time to make a plan of action to get your household’s aesthetic back up to scratch. You shouldn’t have to “make do” with a shabby-looking home. Everyone should feel house-proud to some extent. As mentioned over at bbc.co.uk, you really need to do your research before you dive into a renovation project. Hopefully, the suggestions in this article will give you some inspiration if your home is due a makeover. 

 

Converting existing space will enlarge your home

If you have an attic or a garage that serves as nothing more than storage space then this should be the main focus of your renovation. Spaciousness is the key to a visually-impressive household. And you can achieve that “larger” feel in your home by extending it. You need to use the space you have available.

Declutter your garage, spare room, or any space that’s overloaded with junk. Then it can be converted into a games room, a guest room, or even a home gym. The point is that you could completely transform your home by essentially creating a brand new room to enjoy in a space that’s otherwise being wasted. As I’ve stated before, the attic and other spaces in the house are often underutilised.

 

Your home’s interior should portray your personal preferences

If your home needs an upgrade, you should look at buying some new soft furnishings and accessories. But don’t go with current trends, stick to your own taste and what you love. This way, you won’t get bored easily. Trends come and go, but buy something you love and you’ll have it forever.

When renovating your home, your goal should be to design your interior in line with your personal preferences. Whilst nobody wants their home to look old and outdated, a sleek and stylish contemporary home might not necessarily be to your taste.

The most important thing is that your household’s new aesthetic makes you feel comfortable. You should feel at home. You could start by checking out ModernUpvcWindows.co.uk if you want to get new windows or doors for your house that you can design online.

Tailor-making elements of your home’s design will ensure that you give your humble abode a customised aesthetic. You could even create some handmade artwork and frame it to hang on your wall. There’s no better way of portraying your personal preferences than creating your own unique designs for your home.

The garden shouldn’t be forgotten

One of the final elements of any good home renovation is also one of the most vital elements. You need to give your garden a makeover. As explained at housebeautiful.com, a well-kept garden adds so much value to a property. It’s more than simply mowing the grass and tending to your flowers (though it is important to look after the natural side of your garden).

Your outdoor space can be completely transformed if you create a patio area with comfortable seating, a dining area, and perhaps even an awning for shelter from the elements. Any good renovation project needs to include a garden makeover.

 

If your home needs an upgrade, these are the basic things you can do to make a big difference.

QUIZ! How well do you know iconic vans from TV and movies?

Are you able to differentiate between the Mystery Machine and the A-Team van? OK, that one might have been a little too easy — how about the Mutt Cutts from the Pussy Wagon?

I’m a huge fan of movies. Every night is movie night in my house. See just how much you know about some of the most iconic vans from TV and movies by taking this fun quiz put together by the UK’s largest used van retailer Van Monster.

 

Questions

1. The video to which Lady Gaga song features Kill Bill’s bright yellow Chevrolet Silverado SS — aka the Pussy Wagon?

A. Poker Face

B. Just Dance

C. Bad Romance

D. Telephone

 

2. Who owns the Mystery Machine in the Scooby-Doo series?

A. Daphne

B. Fred

C. Velma

D. Shaggy

 

3. Who drives the A-Team van?

A. Bosco Albert ‘B.A.’ Baracus

B. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith

C. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck

D. H.M ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock

 

4. Which feature wasn’t present inside the Tour Vehicles seen in the original Jurassic Park movie?

A. Leather interior

B. Night-vision goggles

C. A drinking tap

D. A mini fridge

 

5. In the episode of Lost titled ‘Tricia Tanaka Is Dead’, which character found the DHARMA van—the first time the Volkswagen bus featured in the hit US TV series?

A. Hurley

B. Charlie

C. Sawyer

D. Jin

 

6. What was the nickname that Jesse gave the RV in the highly-rated US TV series Breaking Bad?

A. The Krystal Train

B. The Krystal Plane

C. The Krystal Ship

D. The Krystal Bus

 

7. What type of Reliant was Del Boy’s three-wheeled vehicle in Only Fools and Horses?

A. Robin

B. Regal

C. Sabre

D. Scimitar

 

8. How long did it take the Hoover family to drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Redondo Beach, California, in the movie Little Miss Sunshine?

A. 1 day

B. 2 days

C. 3 days

D. 4 days

 

9. In the film Dumb and Dumber, which part of the Mutt Cutts’ exterior has to be lifted?

A. The tongue

B. The ear

C. The rear leg

D. The tail

 

10. Which manufacturer made the pick-up truck that featured throughout the TV series Sanford and Son?

A. Nissan

B. Vauxhall

C. Volkswagen

D. Ford

 

I have to say that quiz was pretty difficult! See how many you got right below:

 

 

 

 

 

Answers

1. D

2. B

3. A

4. D

5. A

6. C

7. B

8. B

9. C

10. D

 

Just how well do you know your vans from the movies and TV world then? Head onto Van Monster’s social media pages and share your result to see how you compare to other people!

5 Steps To A Minimalist Living Room

Minimalist, modern living is a way to form a relaxing space, so here are the basic steps to achieve a minimalist living room.

Love them or hate them, you have to admit that minimalist, open plan spaces manage to tread the tightrope of being both impactful and relaxing all at the same time.

When we first looked around our house, we knew straightaway that we’d be knocking a wall down to create an open plan living space.

You want a space where you can combine a dining area with a lounge, or even a kitchen too if you choose to go fully open plan like me. Such spaces aren’t that hard to create. Just read the guide below to find out how to create a minimalist living room.

 

Step 1: Create space

The thing that you must do before all others when creating a minimalist living room is to examine the space you have to work with. You’ll have more work ahead of you if the rooms are separated off, as you will need to knock those walls down before you get going.

However, that doesn’t mean you get an easy ride if your space is already open-plan. Now is absolutely the time to clear any clutter and old items out. You need to create more space to allow new items to come in. 

Just remember to be sensible about the things that you are getting rid of, especially if they still have some use in them. You could donate this to charity, or friends and family instead of throwing them in the bin.

You don’t even need to have a car big enough to fit the larger items in because you can use a company like Shiply to pick them up and deliver them for you. This service makes it easier to be environmentally friendly with your minimalist renovation than ever before.

 

Step 2: Neutral pallet

Step Two is to define your neutral pallet for the space. Modern neutrals include different hues of white, greys, and even the odd splash of black to emphasise certain elements of the room here and there.

Just don’t go overboard on the latter through, as it’s likely to shrink your living space and make things seem smaller than they really are.  

 

Step 3: Consider utility

Step Three is all about choosing the new furniture with what you need in mind first, rather than just getting it because it looks pretty. The idea being that to achieve a truly minimal space you want the least amount of items to fulfil the job in the room as possible.

 

Step 4: Consider placement

Step Four is all about deciding where to place the items mentioned in Step Three for the best effect. Consider the space between pieces of furniture and the effect that this has on the room before you make your final decision.

 

Step 5: Decorate with a light touch

Last of all, even minimalist rooms can have a few decorative touches. This, however, must be done with a particularly light touch.

That means the occasional objet d’art, or picture on the wall. These items should be chosen to coordinate with the original colours you’re working with. The reason for this being that it will help you retain that sense of space that is such a calming and expansive part of a minimalist living room. 

 

So there you go. Five easy steps to obtain a minimalist and clean living space. Do you like tidy and minimalist, or cosy and lived in?

 

What is Decor Rotation and Should You Do It?

Humans don’t really like change, but decor rotation is absolutely something we should do in our homes.

I’m a really fussy person, but when I do find the PERFECT thing, I won’t get bored of it. That perfect item could easily stay for 10+ years.

I know other people aren’t like that and change their mind every other day. No matter what sort of person you are, everyone should believe in decor rotation. Our homes can become so tired, dull and shabby looking unless you rotate your furniture and bring in new bits and pieces every now and then.

It can be hard when you become emotionally attached to something. If you’ve had a piece such as a sofa in your life for many years, you become attached to it. This is why we see so much clutter in modern homes, even though the properties might be new either in building quality and design or new for us as home buyers. We fill them with the same old stuff.

Every so often, it’s right to let go, even if the interior pieces you have given sentimental value to are working and functioning properly. Sometimes you have to admit to the contemporary styles and move with the times. What’s better is that you might find something that is more suited to your tastes.

 

Replacing the sofa

The living, beating heart and soul of the home is and always will be the living room. It’s where you go to relax and watch your favourite television shows. It’s also a place where you have meaningful talks with your guests, friends and family.

Older sofas tended to be curvy and only provide three seats. Modern, stylish sofas have a more domineering factor with their sharp straight lines. A modern sectional corner sofa made from leather would make a great addition to your home.

These sofas can easily seat around four to five, with the benefit of a couple of foot resting spaces. They are large and do require a lot of space in your lounge or living room. However, they are in fact incredibly light for their size. Materials such as oak and yew are used for the structure, and foam padding replaces cloth.

 

Minimalist kitchen dining

White kitchen with breakfast bar and oak bar stools

When it comes to decor rotation, one of the easiest points to start with is the kitchen area. Even if you have a dining area in the home, you’re more than likely to have a small table and some chairs in the kitchen as well.

Have a look at contemporary home furniture that can provide you with good sturdy tables, that don’t take up a lot of room, and chairs with the same ethos. Bar stools to your kitchen would make for great congregation areas, and spots where the children can have their breakfast. The strong yet spindly legs give height to the seats which themselves are curved for comfortable back support.

You can, of course, opt for fabric, tempered rubber or even leather seats if you wish. The various styles with similar approaches include japansk, ypster and leena. All have a great minimalist touch for maximum space.

 

A Re-Paint

Sometimes, it’s not just about your decor. A shabby paint job can make your home look dated. You should try and refresh your paint every 10 years or so. Even if you go for the same colour! A touch up will make a massive difference. Just double check you’ve got the right paint colour before you buy (unlike me with this classic paint disaster).

The decor in our homes can often act like a familiar aura. We can get attached and place emotions and sentimental beliefs on the interior designs, but always remember that moving with the times is healthy for your sense of fashion. Out with the old and in with the new, sometimes you just have to go for it.