17 December 2010

The Ugly Truth About the Prettiest House on the Street, Part 2

I continue to be amazed at how many people read my post a week ago about the mess in the garage.  I guess if there's one thing that unifies us, it's messy garages.

Back then, I put in about an hour of work, mostly breaking down cardboard boxes that were in the garage attic, to make space up there to rearrange things.  Because of the bulk of the cardboard, I ran out of space in the recycling bin and didn't get too far.  The recycling was picked up yesterday, so I decided it was time to give it another go and hopefully make a little more progress.  I put the cardboard in the bin more carefully so I wouldn't waste as much space:


I stopped there, leaving room for kitchen recycling, newspapers, and the all-important gift boxes on Christmas morning.  At that point the space was still looking pretty much like it did before I started.  In case you've forgotten the atrocity that was the garage attic, here's that picture again:


We're lucky to have such a big open space in the attic.  The truss manufacturer designed them with storage in mind, so while the whole attic isn't open, the 8' wide space (between the two rows of vertical studs on either side of the picture) is certainly better than having truss members criss-crossing the entire attic space.

Anyway, breaking down all those boxes did free up a little more space, so I started organizing.  The biggest thing taking up floor space is a ton of tongue-and-groove boards left over from the porch ceilings (if you look hard, you can see a few of the white boards sticking out under the boxes).  I have plans to mount some shelf brackets along the trusses, near the top of the vertical members, to get the boards up out of the way, but that project will have to wait for a trip to Lowe's, so I focused my attention on the heap of wooden wine boxes that a friend gave us (the culmination of our efforts helping them to build a new wine cellar, into which they unloaded hundreds of bottles of wine).  We are saving the boxes for an appropriate purpose (ideas?  I'm all ears), but I wanted to get them out of the way, so I used some of the shorter tongue-and-groove boards as a makeshift floor in the not-so-usable truss space and stacked the boxes there:


Bringing up some more storage from the garage was perfect for getting some of the smaller items off the floor:


And soon enough, the attic was...well, "organized" would be an overstatement, but it was getting closer:


And this was even after I had brought more stuff up into the attic from the garage (which is the ultimate goal of my organizational efforts).  When I started working on this project, the space at the base of the attic stairs was beyond treacherous:


We are more safety-conscious than most (hence the fire extinguisher in the garage, which was one of our very first purchases after we moved in), and having to dodge all of that debris on the way up and down the ladder (while carrying things) was definitely not good.  But by the end of the evening, it had been stripped of its death trap-like quality:


Ah, progress.

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