It. Is. REVEAL DAY!!!! WE MADE IT!!! I cannot believe it has been eight weeks of the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge. Life got in the way and I wasn’t able to do everything on my list. But boy oh boy, I REALLY love this space. You know how nice it is to FINALLY have a clean and organized workspace AND a bonus gym?!?
You all saw my previous garage, it was straight out of a hoarders episode (hides in shame). Because of the mess and lack of organization, I always found it daunting to start a new project. I mean, would you want to go out in this to work? Pictured below.
Please…. don’t judge 🤦🏻♀️
Josh and I NEVER wanted to be out here to work out or to work… at all. Yes, I made this mess. I can be a slob when I’m deep into a project. But, I’ve also never had a designated work space that had any designated area for tools. So far, I’ve managed to clean up as I go with projects. I’m hoping to instill this new habit of putting things away when I’m done with them into my daily practice, so THIS never happens again.
Let’s take a closer look into the details of this garage, shall we?
PRX Profile Flat Folding Bench
This was on the pricier side but it was worth the investment for me. My overall plan was to build a pretty large rolling workbench for this space. When in use, I would need to fold up the weight rack to have the space I need. That’s where the PRX Performance Rack comes in handy. Pictured is the PRX Profile flat folding bench. Hind site, I wish we would’ve bought the Inclining Folding Bench… Maybe someday. Price for the bench: $359
Sunny Rowing Machine
This was literally the cheapest rower I could find on Amazon. I’m not an avid rower but LOVE this as a workout. So having a cheaper rower was not a big deal to me. You could spend thousands on a “good” rower, but this works just fine and gives me a great workout. This is the Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine for $249. We already owned the TV, apple TV, Bowflex adjustable dumbbells ($399), Olympic Barbell, and weights.
One item hiding in this picture that has made this garage feel more high end, is the google nest! It is a wifi extender! This is a detached garage and about 100 ft away from the house. The wifi just wasn’t strong enough, until we bought these little guys. Again, pricey, ($461.26 for 3 pack) but worth the investment. Purchasing these little upgrades significantly limited my budget for the remaining plans for the garage (like purchasing the lumbar and hardware for the work bench). But I would rather have the ability to have strong wifi to do workout classes out here than have my workbench right now. I do have other options to get me by for now, so it will wait.
Octane Lateral Elliptical
This elliptical was something I fell in love with years ago at a local gym. We bought this last year used and refurbished from some online gym equipment distributor. I don’t have that exact link for you but I found another refurbished one on another site here. More than what we paid but this was as close as I could get for you. You could buy new directly from Octane… But be prepared to go broke over it.
Let’s talk about RYOBI tools. Are they the highest quality on the market today? In my opinion, no. Do they give you great quality and biggest bang for your buck? ABSOLUTELY they do! This is how I got started. They are beaten up and dirty from years of high use.
I was still broke AF and there was a Black Friday deal for all of these RYOBI tools pictured above for less than $200. This was nearly a decade ago and RYOBI has since made some incredible improvements and upgrades to their tool line up that I am excited to try out. From a former broke single mom, this is the way to go if you are just starting out and have a tight budget.
In conclusion, this was my second time participating as a guest for the One Room Challenge. I will continue to participate because it isn’t just about making pretty spaces. It’s about finding a community that supports and encourages you to take on the impossible. Thank you One Room Challenge for continuing to give us opportunities like this to find like minded friends and give us inspiration to keep going.