The DIY Equivalent to “More Cowbell”

screw organization

Do you remember the "More Cowbell" skit from SNL? If there was an equivalent to building things with wood, it happened to me over the weekend. I got a fever, and the only prescription was more building. After trying in vain to find enough space in my garage to make sufficient progress on my laundry room shelves Friday night, I went to bed in a huff. A one car garage is just not a lot of room to move around in, and I've completely misused most of its square footage into a disorganized, … [Read more...]

Discounts: Just Ask for ‘Em


This weekend was jam-packed with projects dotted all over the house:  entryway touch-ups, more kitchen cabinet door hanging, garage fixes, and even a little yard work mixed in (my allergies have yet to forgive me, but for the first time ever, I actually enjoyed mowing the yard.  Only took four years.).  I guess when you've got a to-do list as long as I do and a limited amount of time to get them done, you pick up motivation where you can to just keep working wherever you happen to be standing. … [Read more...]

Stylish Garden Tool Storage

Internet, I love you.  Sometimes, you just get me. Happy Friday, everyone.  This Zombiewall picture has made my week.  And it is, without a doubt, going to be used in my garage in some way. (I don't really know what it is about zombie jokes, but I think they are hilarious.  Even my mom think so.) … [Read more...]

My Favorite Organizing Tip


(Hey hey!  Some of you may have noticed that the blog had a hiccup earlier in the week.  I won't bore you with the details, but since it caused the site to go down for a few days, you missed a regularly scheduled post - or two.  So now that the site's back up, I've decided to give you a little two-for-one today and publish another post this afternoon.  Thanks for your patience!)Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone posted her favorite organizing tip the other day.  She was asked to provide one as … [Read more...]

Sawdust Therapy

I've had a few craptastic days in a row.  And to top it off, I seem to be coming down with a cold.  To get myself out of my little rut, I'm letting each cut of the miter saw melt away the stress.They are in preparation of building this:After nearly three years of DIY and using folding tables in the garage, I am finally building my first sturdy workbench.  This is the first of two, but now that all of the pieces are cut, it's only a matter of assembling before my table is ready to go.I'm creating … [Read more...]

My One Car Workshop

When it comes to a workshop, the best I've got is my one car garage (that for the entire time I've lived in this house has never actually housed a car, and that might not ever change).Building the study-o desk has brought a few new realizations to the forefront.  Such as:Wow, this one-car garage is really tiny.I need more space to do the things I enjoy.I never thought I'd be the kind of girl who would spend this kind of time in a garage.  And like it.I could really use a shop vac.I guess I'll … [Read more...]

A Clever Way to Store Screws and Nails (Recycled DIY)


Whenever someone says the word tool, I still think of something like this: Not something like this: Though, this year I think that's changing.  I'm thisclose to drawing little hearts all over it. And my coworkers started saving these guys for me: They're old Orbit gum containers.  How clever of them is that?  Free, and they hold the perfect amount of stuff inside for my someday efficient workshop (they hold exactly one package of Kreg screws; I love happy coincidences like … [Read more...]

The Decor Trap

I don't exactly have a before photo for this one.  I guess part of me thought our garage would always be messy, so I didn't bother to take a before when I assumed there'd be no after to enjoy.  See the right side of the garage in this photo from a few months ago?  It's been much worse lately.Apparently, I underestimated Scott's frustration with the crazy mess that had accumulated in our garage.  In one afternoon, he dragged all of our tools, miscellaneous furniture (you know the kind - … [Read more...]