All these looney tune characters are trying to stuff an itty bitty building full with heaps of reclaimed wood. So they toss huge bundles over their shoulders, and darting at road runner speed, they huff and they puff and they PUSH the stuff in. Upon impact, the wildly bulging building separates at the seams for just a cartoon moment, before it gradually seems to eat the stuff up.
And then they turn around and get more!
That my friends, is how I’d best describe my single car garage workshop scenario. It doesn’t matter how neat I get the thing… for as soon as something new arrives on my driveway, this place is a cartoon waiting for a script.
Remember all this fence wood I brought home? Lottery win for SURE!
Too bad my poor neighbours had to stare at my pile of gold for weeks on end.
Reclaimed wood you find for free is not free. Can I get an amen to that?!
And then there it was… all cleaned up with no place to go.
It’s times like these I’m convinced I need to move. Yesterday. But who wants to pack all that wood?!
So I put my pouting bottom lip to work and decided to FIND room, where there was none.
So OUT everything went.
So after a little trial and error, I realized I didn’t need anything fancy for the wood. It just needed stacking so air movement could work around it. So I stacked it like so.
I started with two long boards on the cement, widely spaced out, then stacked a tighter layer on top. Then continued.
This is how you run away from stuff you want to avoid. Ready?
See those boxes? They are indoor tiles… for a job I have not finished. And they are HEAVY!
So rather than risk injury from moving them (my back did hurt… at the time. I’m sure of it!) I decided I had no where to store those things if I moved them anyway, so I just built around them.
Cue in the cartoon bada boom.
I’m making room where I don’t have any, remember?
I started with two chunks of wood for the front legs, and attached a side frame to them. That side frame was then attached to a back frame attached to the wall. The tiles were in the way for back legs. How tricky was that?
I even left the front open so I could pull out the tiles when I was
so not ready to go for it.
And to hide the
dreaded tiles for now, a few planks were screwed to the front to clean things up.
Loved it. Hello new shelf!
So… what was all that crap under the table anyway you ask?
The most important was my massive collection of metal junk that needed sorting anyway.
Here we go…
I know there’s still wasted space along the top, but because it’s under a table, I wanted to be able to see into the containers, so this had to do. I found places for the rest of the big stuff which I’ll show you in another post.
My wood is IN! And the added bonus is, now I can also find my rusty junk.
So… in a nutshell?
If you don’t have room for something you must store:
1. Gut an area where it WILL fit, then put it there first.
2. Prioritize what else goes back. No room? Either make room or get rid of it.
Thing is, we all have space and we all have storage.
It’s just a matter of finding the magical balance to make it all work.
If you need more space to work, you’ll have to give up storage.
If you need more storage, you’ll have to give up workspace.
More room is always a bonus! But I’ve yet to hear someone complain they have too much space to work or store. And that only means one thing.
The more space you have, the more junk you’ll collect!
I’m starting to think it’s a bonus having a small space. It keeps me really honest with my hoarding habits.
Then again, hand me an empty barn, and I’ll gladly take it off your hands… so there’s that. 🙂
What are your thoughts on not enough room? How do you find room where there is none?
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And see ya next week for #10!