I am so excited to share my garage transformation with you today! It is the result of so much hard work and the finished project is a much needed space for my family to create and play. As many of you know we live in a very small house, 855 square feet to be exact. I have always had my sewing machine and craft supplies in the garage, but try as I might the space never really looked much better than this. That is until I decided to get rid of bags and bags of stuff. My purging journey started months ago and while I was able to get the house in pretty good shape, the garage still looked like a hoarders paradise. Partnering with Glad to Give was the push I needed to donate all those unused things and actually create a meaningful space.
The garage/studio/playroom now has four distinct zones and space for everyone in the family to create and play. It pretty amazing what you can pack into a single car garage and it has already gotten so much good use. My sewing machine and serger live on the first piece of furniture my grandfather ever made, a sewing table for my grandma, I love it so so much and now I can actually use it! To the right of that is my great grandmother’s desk, a space for Jason to write when Jude isn't clacking away at the typewriter. There is a filing cabinet which holds important papers along with sheets of felt, patterns, and kid’s artwork. On the other side of my sewing table there is a tall cutting table that just makes me want to work, no hunching required and tucked underneath that is Jason’s keyboard. Beyond that there is another low filing cabinet full of totally organized fabric just waiting to be cut into.
On the other side of the cutting table is the playroom. Foam tiles make it a much safer and more inviting space. The play kitchen has a nice home as do toys, crafts supplies, and books. There is a white board where Jude can write and draw, sometimes I use it for to do lists and design schemes. Both boys have their own desks and plenty of space to play and make. And since we are in the garage I don’t have to worry so much about spilled paint or other messy making.
The opposite wall is home to our washer and dryer and plenty of storage for garage type items, such as cleaning supplies and tools. But I also created a little spot for everyone to hang their bags and coats and store their shoes. It’s our California version of a mudroom, set up right before you enter the house.
We are all loving this new space so much. Jason uses the foam tiles as a giant yoga mat each morning. The boys love playing out there, and that means I can actually do some playing of my own. I can’t believe it took me so long to create a space where we could all do creative work together. We love our tiny house but with four of us it had become too full. By creating this extra space we all feel more free and none of it would have been possible without donating bags and bags of stuff.
Once you start realizing that there are people who could really use the items you are storing for "some day" right now the decision on what to donate becomes a lot easier. Baby gear for a possibly-but-not-anytime-soon-baby-number-three becomes a gift for a new and struggling parent. Clothes that could be upcycled, but are currently in great condition, become something nice for someone to wear now, no upcycling required. Fabric I wasn’t using can be sold at the thrift store and help pay for things others deeply need. It feels so good to give and it frees up space so that there’s more room to live. Jude helped me, not just with the design and set up of the new space, but with clearing the old. He found things to donate and I was so proud of his generosity, after all it’s hard to part with things when you’re five. We put those Glad Scented ForceFlex® bags to the test, stuffed full of things that could help others, and I encourage you to do the same. Visit GladtoGive.com to get your own bag to fill with gently used items and schedule a free donation pickup.
Here’s to giving stuff and gaining space.
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