A garage can easily be a Last Holdout. Ours definitely was.
What’s a Last Holdout?
Those are the spaces that stay messy, unsorted, disorganized, basically unusable long after the rest of the house is under control.
Our garage used to be lined with boxes of things to sell at a future yard sale, totes full of stuff from my teaching days and remnants of my craft show days.
I can’t tell you how many rags my husband had for working on the cars. Probably two milk crates full. I think he also had three pairs of “mowing the yard” shoes, too.
There were so many redundant basic tools, yet somehow it was always hard for me to find a hammer when I needed one.
And if I ever wanted to sweep the garage, I had to move tons of stuff around just to reach the cobwebby corners… but I was pretty much afraid to do that, because who knew what would be lurking there. (Seriously, we lived in the Land of Black Widow Spiders.)
So mostly we just left it alone.
Sure, we were able to park in there, but it wasn’t pretty. And getting the stroller out to take the kids for walks was usually a challenge.
Our garage here in Maryland isn’t gorgeous. We don’t have matching brushed metal bins with hand-stamped labels and custom wall shelves. The one finished wall is unpainted, and the others aren’t so glamorous either.
But it works.
We can find the things we need when we need them, and things don’t get in our way when we’re not using them. So I’m pretty pleased with it overall.