Friday, 14 December 2012

Howards Storage World Garage Makeover - The Great Bike and Skateboard Muster

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***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE WINNERS DETAILS***

This is a post by me as an Ambassador for Howards Storage World.

One of the things we have a lot of in this family, apart from Surfboards, are skateboards and bikes.

We love our bike riding so there is a bike for every family member plus one spare for visiting friends. And my boys had to go and be typical boys and develop a deep love for skateboarding didn't they, so there are at least 2 skateboards per male. Yikes - that is a lot of wheels to store.

Who knew you need different skateboards for cruising, boards for free styling, boards for tricks and boards for serving breakfast in bed to their mummy..... oh wishful thinking!

And of course with all these bikes and boards come helmets, wrist pads, elbow pads and knee pads and up until now they have been stored in the festering pit of shame, pretty much where ever the kids have pegged them when they were finished. Kind of the same storage technique we used for the bikes and skateboards too. Now I think about it, pretty much the same system we had for everything in there up until now.


And so once again we found ourselves asking how on earth are we going to store all this stuff?

At least this  time we knew where to start - with the Howards Storage World Organisation and De-Cluttering Philosophy....
It worked for us with the first phase of the Garage Makeover - The Water Sport Zone, so I didn't need any convincing that it would work again this time around.

First things first we needed a way to store all the bikes when they are not being used. We have tried the on the roof system where you hang the bikes from special pulleys on the roof, but with kids screaming "MUMMMMM DADDDDD Can you please get our bikes down!!!" like pretty much 5 minutes after every time we put them away, we knew it wasn't working for us.

We chatted with the fab guys at HSW and told them we wanted something that the kids could easily manage, something kind of like the system you find outside a shopping centre where you lock up your bikes.

They haz the goods those Howards angels. They came up with the idea to use double floor bike racks.

These are the perfect solution to store our bikes and the kids can easily get their bikes out and put them away when they are finished. Hallelujah!


In our case 3 of these little babies worked beautifully to store all of our bikes.




But then there was still the issue of the zillion and one skateboards. 

Once again plans were drawn up and the solution was the same as with the Water Sports Zone - The fabulous  elfa System. And as for storing all the extra gear and paraphernalia? Tubtrugs! Oh yeah baby, I love the way it just rolls off the tongue - Tubtrugs.

Once again, easy for the kids to get their gear out when they are ready to skate, and super easy to put it away. Every Mum's dream!


And so the work continues in the garage and like the ugly duckling, it is blossoming into an awesome storage space for us. I'll provide the next update in 2 weeks but in the meantime you can check out the first two posts in the series to see how far we have come from the original catastrophe we called a garage.

Post 1. Welcome to The Festering Pit of Shame
Post 2. The Water Sports Zone




Once again the lovely people at Howards Storage want to give you guys the chance to get organised so there are 2 more $50 vouchers up for grabs.

This time there are two ways you can enter.

Entry 1. Like the Howards Storage World Facebook Page here and leave me a comment here on this post telling me how a HSW voucher could help you need to get organised in your home.

Entry 2. Follow @LifeLoveHiccups on instagram. Take a photo of your problem area you want to sort out and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #LifeLoveHiccupsHSWGiveaway.


This competition is open to Australian residents only sorry.
It is a game of skill and the judges decision is final.
The competition is open now and closes Friday 28/12/12 at 7pm.
The winners will be notified by email (so make sure you leave me an email address or I cannot contact you) and will also be announced here on this post and Instagram.
The winner will have 5 days (until 7pm Wednesday 03/01/13) to contact me to claim their prize. In the event they do not contact me in time, a new winner will be selected.

So tell me - what needs sorting in your home?

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING LUCKY WINNERS
Please email me at Lifelivehiccups@optusnet.com.au with your address details to claim your prize.