This post is sponsored by National Hardware.
In the back yard at the end of the winding sidewalk behind the white barn doors next to the rose bushes….
….is the workshop.
It’s the epicenter of all the projects on this blog.
It’s where we create and build and paint and develop and construct.
I love this place.
But I’ve never really opened up the door and showed you behind those white barn doors…..
…..because I was worried that if you saw this.
Or if you saw this.
I was worried that if you saw all the mess and the disorganization and the stacks of sports equipment and garden tools and the random stacks of chairs next to the soccer balls….
….you might not want to be friends any more.
Good thing we spent the weekend organizing.
Good thing the ladder has a new home.
Good thing there’s a place for everything and everything has a place.
Because here’s the organizational wonder that is the after.
Isn’t it so much better?
And what? What’s that?
There were counter tops under all that clutter?
Space to work?
To start the project we hung pegboards.
We bought them from the local home improvement store. They came in 4 x 8 foot boards. The ceiling in the workshop is about 8 feet tall, so we simply attached three peg boards length-wise to the existing studs.
It worked out so well that I think we’re going to add more pegboards to the other walls of the workshop.
Then the organization began.
And then we encountered our first challenge.
You see…since this was the first time I was introducing you the workshop….
…I wanted it to be cute.
And color coordinated.
Except I forgot one thing.
This isn’t really my space. This isn’t a workshop from a magazine or a photo shoot or a home improvement show where they film videos and the host’s outfit coordinates with the tools.
This is a real workshop.
And the real carpenter and project creator that lives here decided he was in charge of the organization. He started hanging tools that he uses all the time on all those peg board organizers.
Tools that were scraped and used and worn.
Actual, real, hard-working tools.
And then he organized them how he would find them…..
….instead of a color-coordinated line-up.
I watched as the cute left and walked out the door.
I watched as it was trumped by usefulness and practicality.
I watched as he organized and sorted and filled the wall and the bins with all the little bits and pieces of things that collect around the workshop.
And he hung a rake on the wall.
Next to a paint splattered paint roller.
Next to a scraper with bits of wallpaper stuck to it.
And when he was done, he stood back and smiled.
A smile that said, ‘My kingdom for an organization bin.”
A smile that said, “What project do we need to start on next?”
And a workshop in the middle of nowhere at the end of a winding sidewalk lived happily ever after and a patient and understanding carpenter climbed the organizational mountain and left cute and color coordinated on the other side….
….with the smile of a champion. 🙂
PS Even though he took over the organization, he is married to a blogger.
He left me this bag of tools on the counter….
….”just in case I needed some cute tools.” 🙂
And now here’s some more organization ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.
disclaimer: Thank you so much to National Hardware for sponsoring all this organizational genius.
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