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10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Garage Storage Organization - Before and After

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Regardless of what the groundhog said, spring is well on its way and being prepared is our only chance at staying on top of things. One of the best places to start your spring preparation is the garage. You’ve got your gardening tools, bikes, and other equipment that are vital for spring weather. Here are 10 spring garage organization tips for tackling and organizing that often ignored space.

  10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

1. Get Some Help: Recruit your kids, family members, or friends to help you work on the space. Depending on the workload, garage organizing can be a bit intimidating all alone. Make lunch for your helpers or give them refreshments for their hard work.

2. Designate: You need to determine what goes where and keep it that way. Garden tools go in the back left corner, while snowboard equipment goes in the front left, etc. This way you won’t lose things because you know where they’re supposed to be.

3. Label: Don’t be afraid to print out some labels and stick them on drawers, shelves, and boxes. It’s better to be over organized than the opposite!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

4. Different Size Boxes: Find the right size boxes or containers that’s appropriate for the item. If you have a bunch of screws, find a small size container to put them in. Find a big box or bin to fill with sports equipment.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

5. Invest in Shelving: You’ll be surprised at how much space is revealed when you find some good, sturdy shelving to install. Not only will you be able to store your things off the ground, but you can hang things too!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

6. Take Breaks: I know the key may be to get it done as fast as possible, but if you need a break, take it! When you start getting tired, things start getting harder and the work will seem aggravating. Take a step back and take the time to regroup.

7. By Season: If your equipment is out of season, you can store it high above using overhead racks to get it out of the way until next year. This will allow more access to your frequently used items that season.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

8. Do You Need It: Determine if it’s something you’ll really be using. If those roller blades have been sitting in your garage for the past 10 years without being touched, it’s probably time to get rid of them.

9. Be Charitable: Instead of throwing things in the garbage, make a pile to give to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other thrift store. Someone else will find use out of what you think is junk.

10. Reward Yourself: Once that garage is looking spiffy, treat yourself to a nice meal or a new manicure, or something that you love!

Garage Storage Organization - Monkey bar SolutionGetting your garage spring ready isn’t too hard. With these 10 spring garage organization tips, a little help and a bit of motivation, your garage will be looking spotless in no time! For more information and tips, visit

Guest Post Written By Madison Aki in support of Garage Solutions of St Louis, a Monkey Bars Authorized Dealer.

Under Cabinet Drawers

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Under Cabinet Drawers

Hi Everyone!!!  Right now it’s all about storage in our shop today as we show you how we increased our kitchen storage using Under Cabinet Drawers.  What are these drawers I speak of you ask? – Only the greatest thing since slide bread!

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Living in a small space requires you to figure out how to use every single inch of unused space.  We brought you posts to complete in between the stud cabinets featured in our Master Bathroom Storage post listed on Bob Vila Nation a while back.  It was an awesome space saver giving us room to move around in a small bathroom without the cabinet hanging on the wall.

Today we teamed up with our good friends over at D. Lawless Hardware to bring you Under Cabinet Drawers for your kitchen space.  If you are not familiar with D. Lawless Hardware, you need to be.  They sell a large range of needed things from drawer pulls to drawer glides, which they furnished for today’s post.  They ship directly to your door making it super easy to get your projects planned and implemented so you can start using that lost space.

If you recall last week we installed a Sear’s trash compactor in a retro fitted kitchen cabinet.    It was a choice I do not regret, but since I lost some cabinet space, I need to find a way to reclaim it.  I needed storage for all the baggies and stuff that lived inside that half of the cabinet, which started my research into motion.  I got lucky with a Family Handyman article that provided nice DIY project instructions for completing the Under Cabinet Drawers DIY Project.

The Under Cabinet Drawers, also called Toe Kick Drawers, provide 4” of storage under cabinet storage space for things like baggie storage, cookie sheets, lids for pots and pans and oven mitts and towels.  You cannot beat a drawer and if you can put it where no one knows it’s there it’s like having a secret when your guest watches glide the drawer out.

Here’s what you will need to complete the drawers:

Materials List

1 – 2’ x 4’ sheet of ¾” birch plywood for the drawer sides (we built four drawers that ranged between 15” and 34”)

1 – 4’x8’ sheet of ¼” birch plywood for the drawer and cradle bottoms

12’ of 1×4 pine for the cradle sides

Drawer pulls

Wood glue

5/8” and 1 3/16” nails (We use a Ryobi nail gun.  If you use brad nails be sure to pilot to prevent splitting your wood)

4 sets of 18” full extension side mount drawer glides (We used 18” Length Quantum Full Extension Ball Bearing Slide provided by D Lawless Hardware)

Hardwood for the drawer fronts – 3 ¾” (Cut to size depending on your under counter space)

What we did to build the drawers:

The first part of this Under Cabinet Drawers build requires you to remove the toe kick and under cabinet fronts so you can determine your cabinet measurements.  As suggested by the Family Handyman article you only need three measurements, the under cabinet width, depth and height.  This will allow you to determine the measurements for your Under Cabinet Drawers and the special cradle that makes all this possible.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Remove Toe Kick and cut drawer sides

With your measurements in hand it was time to start cutting the drawer sides.  Luckily we had several partial sheets of 3/4” birch plywood from other projects.  Using an assembly line approach, we ripped all our under cabinet drawer sides to 3” and cut the drawer fronts and sides to length.  The drawers were attached with Titebond glue and 1 3/16” nails and our Ryobi nail gun.  Before attaching the drawer bottoms, we slide the drawers under the cabinet for a dry fit.  Perfect!

Under Cabinet Drawers - Build the drawer sides

The drawer bottoms were made from ¼” birch ply.  We purchased four 2×4 sheets from The Home Depot.  To measure the drawer bottoms we laid the drawer on top and drew a line marking the edges.  The ¼” ply was then ripped to size and attached Titebond glue and 5/8” nails using our Ryobi nail gun.

With the drawers built we cut the cradle sides the same length as the drawer sides.  We then measured for the drawer glides.  Since we wanted the tops of our under cabinet drawer to align with the cradle tops we measured 2” from the bottom of the cradle and 1 ¾” from the bottom of the drawer and drew a line.  Our drawers would be attached using this center line as our guide.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Build the cradle

With the drawer glides attached we joined the under cabinet drawers to the cradle.  We then placed the ¼” birch plywood beneath and traced a line to mark the size of the cradle bottom.  Before attaching the cradle bottom we did another dry fit.  Then the cradle bottom was attached using titebond glue and 5/8” nails and our Ryobi Nail Gun.

With the under cabinet drawers and cradles complete, it was time to attach the cradle sides to the under cabinet frames.  We used our Ryobi angle and predrilled a hole and used two #6 1 ½” screws for each cradle side.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Attach cradle cabinet base

The final step was to cut and attach the under cabinet drawer fronts. We had some left over Poplar that we ripped to 3 ¾” width.  This provided about 1/8” space for the drawer front to clear the cabinet.  We decided to use Poplar versus hardwood because we will be painting our kitchen cabinets soon (that is right, another future post).

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Now that the drawers are built, you can see the amazing storage we created.  We want to thank D Lawless Hardware for providing their versatile 18” Length Quantum Full Extension Ball Bearing Slide.  They are a full service hardware provider, so make sure you visit their page to order the items you may need for your projects, or to save money on your drawer pulls.  They are customer service friendly and quick with response to your order needs.

Well, that’s our post for today thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Until or next storage saving post – have an awesome night!

Linda –

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Complete

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets

The other day we wrote about turning a dresser into a room divider and storage.  Today we will finish this project with the living room sitting bench with storage baskets.  I was inspired to create, design and build this functional sitting bench while roaming through a Ballard’s catalog and their Bourdonnais Desk.  The fancy x leg design was calling my name.

This DIY custom build furniture was actually quite simple.  The overall length of the living room sitting bench with storage baskets was determined by the length of our dresser room divider from part two.

Here is the living room sitting bench with storage baskets measurements and materials:

Overall size: 54”L x 14 ¾”H x 18”D

Materials to purchase:

1 – 2×2 @ 6’ – Pine

1 – 1×2 @ 8’ – Pine

6 – 1×3 @ 6’ – Pine

1 – 13/64 Plywood @ 54” x 18” – plywood

Kreg pocket hole screws 1 ¼” and 1” for joining the sitting bench to the frame.

Cut List


4 – 2×2 @ 14”

4 – 1×3 @ 15”

4 – 1×2 @ approximately 22” [will form the X design on the legs]


5 – 1×3 @ 50 1/8” [your size may vary depending on the bench length]

9 – 1×3 @ 15” [to hold the storage baskets]

Instructions for building your living room sitting bench with storage baskets

It is always advisable to read through all the plans before you start any project.  Here are the living room sitting bench with storage baskets building plans complete with measurements:

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Building Plans with measurements
Sitting Bench Building Plans

Cut the four 2×2 and four 1×3 for the legs.  Whenever I cut pieces the same size, I like to use a jig to ensure each cut is identical.

Kreg drill two holes using the ¾” drill guide in each end of the 1×3.  These will attach to the 2×2.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Kreg Drill and Screw

Since we wanted a reveal on our sitting bench legs we placed a scrap piece of 1x beneath the 1x3s.  Briefly clamp the 2x2s to prevent the legs from moving while you drill the 1 ¼” Kreg screws.  Attach two 1x3s to two 2×2.  You now have one side of your living room sitting bench with storage baskets built.  Repeat the process for the second leg.

Building the X design on the legs was a bit tricky, but with some patience, it worked out just fine.  The trick is to draw the correct angle on our 1×2.  Lay a 1×2 underneath the leg, making sure the edges align. Carefully draw a line on each end to mark the angle.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - X Design


Lay the board on our saw and attempt to align the pencil mark with the laser beam (We are lucky to have Ryobi radial arm saw with a laser light, something we purchased last year).  Secure the piece to the saw and cut the angle.  Using an angle finder we had a 75 degree angle.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Cut the X

Now comes the tricky part, cutting a dado on each X so the pieces overlapped.  We used the same method to find the angles were the Xs cross each other.  Lay one on top of the other and draw a razor thin line to mark your dado edges.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Mark the Dado

Set your table saw depth to half the width the 1×2 (3/8”).  I positioned the miter gauge to match the angle (about 75 degrees, but this required several practice cuts to get the angle correct).  Using a stop block, I marked the right and left edge of the dado. Then I used successive passes of the saw to remove the require material.  It worked like a charm. The pieces fit to each other like a glove.  For the inevitable gaps, a little wood putty covers any blemish.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Dado Angle

Glue and nail the X frame members to the frame.  It may be difficulty to get the nail gun into such a tight spot, so use a wood stop to prevent the nail bit from running on you.  If need be, use a nail set to drive the nail beneath wood surface.

Fill all the Kreg holes with wood putty.  We created our own mix, but you can also use 3M Wood Filler.  Then, while this is drying, you can start on cutting the frame parts.

Cut the five 50 1/8” 1x3s for the frame.  Kreg drill two holes using the ¾” drill guide in each end of the frame members which will secure to the legs. Also drill three Kreg holes in the three top frame pieces.  This will secure the sitting bench top to the frame.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Attach Frame to leg

To attach the frame pieces to the legs, lay the sitting bench legs on its side and stand the frame members up tall.  Clamp a scrap wood piece to prevent the frame member from moving when you drill the Kreg join the frame.  Repeat this process to connect the five frame members to the legs.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Completed Frame and Dry Fit Bench Top

Ta-da!  Your frame is built.  Pretty easy uh.

Next cut the nine 15” 1x3s that will form the slates to hold your storage baskets.  Kreg drill two holes in each end using the ¾” drill guide.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Basket Slates Added

Secure the slates to the bottom frame members using Kreg screws.  Use a spacer to ensure equal length between each slate. The first wood slate was ¾” from the end.  The remaining slates were equally spaced 3 ¼”.

We then sanded all the slates to ensure a smooth finish.

Until next time when we finish the Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets by painting piece to match our décor and adding the foam cushion and wonderful burlap fabric.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Complete

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DIY Storage Bench

DIY Storage and Bench

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser – Part II

Hi everyone!  Last night we left part one of our post showing you the old dresser we would take to a new DIY Storage Bench.  Well tonight we will show you part II – planking the back of our dresser to prep for the next step.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The addition of planking to the back of the dresser will help build out decor focal point for our living room.  You can purchase planking in almost any size width you like.  I bought mine from the Home Depot.  I used a combination of 4 sizes because I wanted that wow factor when I move to the next part of my project.

DIY Storage Bench

Before I cut and attached the planking I did a washed paint technique of all the grey and white paint colors we have used in our decor.

DIY Storage Bench

I simply took a couple tablespoons of each paint, added water, and wiped on each board to create the finish I wanted for my room.  Experiment to find what you like – you can even use various stains.

DIY Storage Bench

Here’s what we used:

4 –.25” x 2” x 36” Plank

4 – .25” x 2.5” x 36” Plank

4 – .25” x 3.5” x 36” plank

4 – .25” x 5.5” x 36” Plank

Ryobi Nail gun (I use battery)

.5” nails

Liquid nails – white – extra hold power

Saw (radial or miter will do the trick)


Dime for spacing

Your choice of paint or stain colors

DIY Storage Bench Now let’s get to work!

First, I mixed all my paint and set the water amount.

DIY Storage Bench

Next, I painted the planks, and wiped away the excess paint.  I did this by laying the planks on a flat surface to help avoid drips, and checking them to make sure they were the perfect color for my project.

DIY Storage Bench

After the planks dried, I cut them all too different sizes (this allows you to adjust your staggering lines so all the lines do not match up, giving that perfect overlap).

DIY Storage Bench

Then, I started installing the planks for our DIY Storage Bench with the largest to the bottom.  I added liquid nails to the back, then secured with my Ryobi Nail gun, making sure to leave expansion cracks which allows the wood to expand and contract with the room’s humidity.

DIY Storage Bench

As you finish each row you will have to cut the boards on the end where you stop to make it nice and even down each side of the DIY Storage Bench.

DIY Storage Bench

DIY Storage BenchKeep adding the plank until your project is complete.  Here’s the finish of ours 🙂

DIY Storage Bench

This one addition to this piece is going to help bring the rest of our project to life!  Tomorrow we will be completing the last portion of the DIY Storage Bench project – It’s going to be exciting to see the change of this piece and what it will bring to our room through its new design.  So meet me back here tomorrow for the final on our DIY Storage Bench.

Well, that’s the second half of our DIY Storage Bench project.  Thanks for stopping by – Hope you all have an awesome day!!

Until the final post– happy planking!!

🙂 Linda

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

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