Top 10 Garage Organizing Tips

Nothing’s better then going in to fall knowing there’s a place for everything in your garage and everything is in its place. So take the time now while the weather is still nice and save yourself a bunch of time in the future. Don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Here are our top ten tips for getting the garage you’ve always wanted.

#1: From the ground up

Start by coating your garage floor to protect it from the elements and make it look a little better.

#2: Peg it to the walls

The name of the game in garage organization is getting everything up off the floor. Use pegboard and hooks to hang everything from tools to towels.

#3: Hang hooks everywhere

For heavier objects, attach hooks directly to the walls in order to secure them for safekeeping.

#4: Stick it to the ceiling

Garage ceilings offer so much storage space that often gets overlooked. Hang racks or a storage lift on the ceiling and make use of the extra space.

#5: See what you store

Stash items away in clear storage boxes so you can easily see where everything is next time you need it.

#6: Mason jar magic

Use mason jars to store everything small, from loose screws and nails to paint samples.

#7: Labels, labels, labels

Label everything! Use a label maker or a sharpie and duct tape to make sure you know exactly what every container holds.

#8: Put it on wheels

Make your garage mobile. Attach wheels to workbenches, storage chests, and anything else that must sit on the floor. 

#9: Invest in organization

If you want to go all out, think about investing in an organization system. Choose the exact drawers and cabinets to suit your needs.

#10: Childproof your garage

If you have kids, the final step in creating your dream garage is to childproof. With the potentially dangerous assortment of things we keep in our garages, taking this extra step is essential.

And there you have it! Ten simple steps to your dream garage. Happy organizing!

Yes You Can! A Beginner’s Guide to Canning

Looking for a creative gift idea or a way to store your homemade jams? Learning the art of canning is a fantastic way to do just that. While there are many canning methods, waterbathing is the easiest and most recommended method for those just starting out. Here’s our step-by-step guide to what is sure to be one of your new favorite hobbies.

Supplies Needed

Waterbath Canning Steps

Step 1

Place the canning rack in the pot, and fill the pot with enough water to cover the jars by an inch or more. Heat the water to simmering, then turn off the heat, cover the pot and set it aside.

Step 2

Wash your jars in hot water. Leave them in a water bath to keep them warm.​

Step 3

Prepare your recipe! Make your favorite jam or marmalade, or try something totally new.

Step 4

Dry your jars and fill them with your prepared food. Don’t forget to leave room for potential food expansion.

Step 5

Remove air bubbles from your food by using a non-metallic spatula to press the contents against the sides of the jar.

Step 6

Wipe off the rims of your jars and screw the lids on. Make sure they are snug but not too tight. If the lids are too tight, air will not be able to escape during the sealing process.

Step 7

Use the jar lifter to place jars onto the canning rack in the pot. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil.

Step 8

Boil the jars for the amount of time specified on your recipe.

Step 9

Once the time is up, turn off the heat and let your jars stand in the water for five minutes.

Step 10

Use the jar lifter to remove your jars from the water. Allow jars to cool on a wire rack for twelve hours.

Step 11

After your jars have had time to cool, check the lids to make sure they don’t pop up and down.

Step 12​

You’re all set! All that’s left to do is label your jars and store. Or give them to your loved ones as gifts.

Ready to gear up for your first go? We’ve got all of your canning needs covered at Orchard. Stop by your neighborhood store and give canning a try today!

Finishing our Bedroom with Vanity Lights and Tropical Touches

Ravayna Coe is the creator of the lifestyle blog Love Ravayna. She has an eye for fashion and loves traveling. Ravayna is currently transforming her new Los Angeles house into a chic home.

Getting our new house into shape has admittedly been slow going, but progress is being made… in the master bedroom at least! I’m lucky to have had good bones- it is spacious, with good light and lovely original hardwoods. Painting it palest blush pink (Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink, to be exact) brought some beautiful warmth, but the space still felt a little barren. So when I partnered with Orchard Supply Hardware to improve this room, I knew adding light and life would bring both the functionality I needed and Palm Springs ‘jungalow’ vibe I was craving.

My DIY Vanity

As cute as my vanity was before this project, it was not super functional. It’s tucked in the corner of the room, near my closet rather than the window- far from ideal makeup lighting. I needed Hollywood dressing room type lighting, without spending a zillion dollars- more like under a hundred. And with a little youtubing, some amateur electrician work on David’s part (have I mentioned what a good sport he is?), and some help from the kind employees at Orchard Supply Hardware in Culver City, we totally made it happen!

There are a zillion tutorials on YouTube for this project- just search ‘diy vanity lights.’ We got all the supplies at Orchard, picking up vanity light fixture panels, globe bulbs (never soft white- it reads too warm for makeup), short extension cords, a power strip, command strip picture hangers, and a lamp remote kit. For a quick summary, David cut off the receiving ends of the extension cords, and wired the plug ends to the base of the light fixtures. They attach to the walls with the command strips for no long-term damage, and the wires snake behind the desk to the remote base, which plugs into the power strip. As a note- we needed to Gorilla Glue 1/4″ inch thick strips of wood to the back of the light fixture panels, and attach the command strips onto that. It needed a little gap for the cord to pass through since the fixture I chose goes flat to the wall.

The lighting is SO SO GOOD, but the remote is probably my favorite part- I’ve been behaving like a toddler when flipping the lights in and off again. I love that it’s helpful for energy conservation, but it’s also such a little thrill of luxury so easily and inexpensively. And once the lights were up and on, I was all about living my best plant lady life.

Bringing the Room to Life

I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to bring the outdoors in- our complex is a lovely little desert garden oasis, full of palms and ferns, succulents and lots of greenery. In the pursuit of my greenhouse bedroom dreams, I might have gone a little crazy. If you consider making David drive slowly down side streets with a 10-foot-tall corn plant hanging out the window of our compact car a little much, then yes. But I don’t even care- beyond fresh air, plants bring me so much joy.

​I’m especially obsessed with the dangly succulent hanging above the vanity. It’s called ‘string of pearls’ and I’m already looking forward to when it drapes all the way down around the mirror.

The pot is from Orchard Supply Hardware too- I just gave it a little upgrade. I cut off the jute and replaced it with golden chain (it’s on big spools at the store and sold by the foot) that I braided into a four-strand braid to add heft and visual interest.

I put plants all around my big floor mirror, and am loving the effect! But if you are looking closely- at my ficus especially- I’m due to fess up. I have the blackest of black thumbs. I’m a notorious plant murderer, of even the hardiest species. The only reason I feel comfortable bringing all these green beauties home is because I purchase my plants at Orchard, and their lifetime plant guarantee is a total lifesaver. And if you join their rewards program, Club Orchard, it keeps track of your receipts so you don’t even need to – you just go exchange your dead plant for a live one!!

And in the spirit of full transparency, that fiddlehead fern has dropped several leaves and in general seems rather displeased after being stuck in the backseat of my car, repotted, and moved about, so let’s all cross our fingers that I can avoid taking Orchard up on that return policy.

love, Ravayna​

Read Ravayna's original post here.​

Sit, Stay, Build a Feeder for National Dog Day

We know you love your dog each and every day, but with National Dog Day coming up, now’s the perfect opportunity to show your pooch some extra attention. So why not get crafty and create a personalized dog feeder for that special pup in your life? The raised height places less strain on your dog's neck and joints while it eats, and it has storage space for toys and treats.

Stop by your neighborhood Orchard for all the materials and then simply follow the instructions below.

Materials

Let's Get Started

  1. Cut plywood into two 12x12-in pieces and three 12x24-in pieces.
  2. ​Trace where you want the bowls to go onto a piece of 12x24-in plywood.
  3. Measure the inner diameters of the tops of the bowls. If it's 6-in or smaller, use a hole saw to cut a hole in the plywood (not so big that the bowl falls through). If it's larger than 6-in, trace the circle and cut it out with a handsaw.
  4. Use wood glue to attach the uncut pieces of plywood together to form the rectangular shape.
  5. Drill screws into the sides of the feeder.
  6. Let it dry.
  7. Stain or paint wood to preferred color.
  8. Decorate however you like. You can write your pet's name on the side of the feeder using a paint pen, paint brush, or spray paint.
  9. Attach the top using a piano hinge (or any hinge that you prefer).

Patches' feeder was painted by our associate Jessica Perez in Clovis, CA.

Time to Chow Down!

Got questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard today and one of our team members will be happy to help. Then get ready to see that tail wagging! We’d love to see how your pet feeder turns out – share your pic with #oshmoment and don’t forget to include your furry companion!

How I Created a Boho-Chic Balcony

​Keyma is a lifestyle-blogger and full-time educator living in LA. She writes about fashion, beauty, health, and travel on her blog Style Weekender.

Hello there, Loves.

For today's post, I'm sharing with you my newly decorated balcony, in partnership with Orchard Supply Hardware. I have been itching to decorate my balcony and since summer is in full effect, I knew I had to do it now. I just returned from my vacation (Tulum) two days ago and I was so inspired by all the textures, fabrics, and contrast I saw in Tulum. Immediately upon returning I went directly to my local Orchard store to shop the items I knew would be perfect for my balcony decor.

I started off my week one happy gal, skipping the vacation blues, and enjoying my newly decorated space. Nothing serves more bliss to my life than the comfort and chicness of my home, my happy space. Walk with me as I share how I decorated this chic, mexican-moroccan-boho vibe city balcony.

My balcony was pretty much an empty space with a few plants I tried to keep alive but sadly failed. My guy and I did not spend much time out there. Actually our dog Marley (see his little self below) spends most of his time out there. He had the whole space to himself and he frolics around with his toys and owned that space. But oh, no more. It's now a cozy and chic spot ready for entertaining and relaxing.

One of my top priorities for my balcony was to bring life to the space. This meant, adding green plants or flowers. I opted for these thin leaves palms because they are low maintenance, gives a lot of greenery, will grow overtime and provide me with a beautiful privacy screen. I learned so much about my plant selection from the helpful member of Orchard Supply Hardware in the Nursery department. He was so informed, excited about plants, and really helped me to pick out plants that will serve my lifestyle, purpose, and taste. He took his time to find out what I liked, what I was looking for and realistically what will grow and give my space what it needed. The best part, there is a lifetime warranty on my plants. If they die for some reason, I can easily return them.

Just look at the instant life of that area (north end) once I added those palms; I also got all four pots. I went with two round green ones and two square brown ones for contrast. Love them!!!

On the south end of my balcony I decided on this beautiful and durable Westport Oversize Chair. It can easily sit one or two people. It goes with this gorgeous and functional Westport Ottoman with tray. I love that is serves as a table and an ottoman for additional seating when we do have a lot of guests. The cushions are very durable and I was informed by the excellent staff at Orchard Supply Hardware that it's easy to clean and the material on the chair is also great quality. I was contented to be affirmed about the quality and durability of what I was purchasing.

Next up, I got these two chic Barrel Strap Wicker Chairs in brown. Again, these are extremely high quality, wrapped in aluminum frame and coated with wicker, which will withstand all weather conditions. I added these Home is Where the Heart Is statement cushions and I think they look fabulous.

Orchard Supply Hardware has a wide variety of cushions to please all tastes. It was so hard to choose, but I ended up falling in love with these.

To add some texture to the space I went with these Tag Braided Jute Rugs in Natural. I bought two of them since I figured I could move them around later. They feel so great under my feet and I know my guests will be comfortable too.

At the west-side of my balcony, I really wanted to infuse a Morrocan vibe and create a space where I could really relax on the floor to a good book, a glass of wine, or playing a game of cards with friends. I was so inspired on my trip to Tulum and I brought this serape blanket back along with a dream catcher and a hammock just for my balcony.

I've always wanted to add string lights to my space. Maybe it's because I love Christmas and it's the best supplement to actual Christmas lights, or maybe it is the romantic vibe it gives. 

I figured my balcony would not be complete without string lights and best decision ever!

I also added these two cute stools I found while on my way to check out and had to have them. Do you know why? They were also on sale and your girl cannot pass up a sale. I told you, Orchard Supply Hardware was going to be my perfect one-stop-shop. I didn't want to cram my space and I had thoughts of returning them, but decided to keep them because I can easily stack them on top of each other to store and create more space. I absolutely love them.

I really hope this post has inspired you to create a warm, cozy, chic, or lavish balcony or patio. It truly will help you to fall in love with your home all over again. You'll also spend much more quality time with yourself and your family. If you have kids, it's also a great way to spruce up your space and encourage them to spend time outside. As the weather changes and summer goes, you can easily add a mini heater (they have them at Orchard Supply) and still be able to enjoy your space all year round.

Read Keyma's full article here.