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Our garage remodel is coming along nicely!!! Our contractor is still doing electrical work on the second floor, but the main floor electrical work is done, and it’s been drywalled! We haven’t painted yet because I think it makes more sense to paint both stories at once, once all the drywall is done. But, the drywall means we can start using the main floor again while progress is being made upstairs, so last weekend we got our new Rubbermaid FastTrack system installed and started getting organized downstairs!
Yes, I know it’s a little silly to move stuff back into the garage before we paint, because we’re just going to have to move it all out again (or at least take it off the walls, put it in a pile in the middle of the floor, and cover it with a drop cloth) once we’re ready to paint. But I foresee this being a large, long-term project, especially because I’m so pregnant at this point!
My main goal is to get everything out of my current craft room and into the garage so that I can turn the craft room into a nursery. And an insulated, drywalled garage is perfectly functional, if not the prettiest. It would be great if we got all the walls painted, the flooring installed, the stairs installed, trim around all the windows and doors installed, etc. before I moved in and started using the space as my craft room, but I think it’s kinda unlikely given that I seem to be getting bigger and bigger by the minute!
So for now we’re moving a few things back into the main floor so we have easy access to them. We started by installing the Rubbermaid FastTrack system that we bought at Home Depot a few weeks ago. The system comes with detailed installation instructions so I’m not going to repeat them here, but it was super quick and easy to install once we planned out where we wanted the rails.
The rail installs into the studs in the wall, plus the kit comes with drywall anchors that you can place between the studs for extra sturdiness! Once the first rail was installed we hung a few clips on it just to test it out, and clearly this thing is strong! The packaging says each rail holds up to 1750 pounds when installed properly, and I believe it!
We installed a second shorter rail at a lower height so I could store my gardening supplies, and then we got to organizing! The best thing about the FastTrack system is that everything is modular and interchangeable. We spent about twenty minutes moving hooks around and deciding on where we wanted everything placed. And when we were done, the wall looked like this.
If you remember, this is what the wall looked like before. Much better now, right?!
One section of the rail is for all of our tall, long-handled gardening and cleaning tools, which is way better than just leaning them against the wall. The little 2-handle hooks are great; they hold the handles just through tension, so you can easily grab a broom or rake and put it up on the wall or take it off with just one hand!
We also set up some wire shelves for larger items so we could get them up off the ground. We only have two shelves so far, but it’s really easy to add more upright pieces and more shelves later if we need them.
And the smaller rail is holding my handheld gardening tools and the weed trimmer. (Ignore those lights, those are getting installed in the ceiling at some point!)
I’m really thrilled with how organized and accessible everything is now! And of course, it’s really easy to add more rails later if we need additional space. Plus we can move things around as our needs change. Obviously we won’t need the gardening tools during winters here in Chicago, but it’s easy to move the hooks, baskets, and shelves around so we can keep the shovels and salt handy, and then switch back once the weather warms up!
We are still working on the upstairs, but I will share photos as we make progress up there too, so check back later!
- Garage Remodel Part 1: The main floor before and plans
- Garage Remodel Part 2: The second story before and plans
- Garage Remodel Part 3: Drywall on the main floor
- Garage Remodel Part 4: Upper floor framing and electrical work
- Garage Remodel Part 5: The drywall is finished and ready to paint!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Rubbermaid and TapInfluence in exchange for my participation in this organization challenge, and my honest discussion of their products. But the Rubbermaid FastTrack products from Home Depot are all seriously amazing and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in!
Fast, easy, fun. The FastTrack Garage Organization System is easy to install and allows you to store more by making use of your entire wall…not just where the wall studs are located! Visit your local Home Depot today!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of RUBBERMAID®. The opinions and text are all mine.
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