As I mentioned before, my tack locker at the barn is the barn-makeover equivalent of the middle aged mom out "on the plaza" with a crappy ass perm, bad glasses and baggy clothes with unidentifiable stains attributed to the 4 screaming children she's guiding around NYC while on Thanksgiving break where for some god forsaken reason they all woke up at 4am to get a good spot where they could stare easily at the back of Kathy Lee and Hoda's heads as they drink from giant margarita glasses at 6am on a Tuesday.
That woman will get picked for the instant makeover every time. Every time.
My tack locker was sorta like that. Broken bins that don't shut all the way, a total lack of shelves or racks. An old saddle pad duct taped to the rack to soften the pressure on my saddle's panels, etc, etc.
It was sad. And it made me sad. And I don't like anything horsey related to make me sad. It was also incredibly frustrating whenever I had to dig out a different pair of brushing boots, or try to excavate a clean pad out from under the mess.
So, much like that plucky mom whisked away from the crowd who gets a quick dye job, a mediocre new dress and a hair cut that she has no possible way to maintain on her own - My little locker got the business end of a power drill and a new lease on life.
Behold the "before" (you've seen this mess before)
I came in a few days later and knocked out the big, crappy saddle racks and installed two Easy Up racks from Schneider's. I also popped in half of the Easy Up swinging pad rack which maybe has changed my life. I threw four purple bridle hooks on the right side (and no, that still doesn't allow me to store all of P2's bridles at the barn) as well as a bandage rack hung sideways on the door.
Right now my Upper Shelf has a bin with P2's show sheet, cooler and random jackets for me, along with my tub of tack cleaning supplies and spare treats (very important).
The shelves have all my first aid stuff, bathing stuff and treats-currently-being-used (extremely important). I left a couple of old hooks in the wall for my spurs and boot pulls.
The new bridle hooks to the right have Prairie's fancy hunter bridle, her daily jumping bridle, and two dressage bridles (with different bits for different days). The lower shelf houses my clippers, boot jack, and Prairie's boots, while an empty tub, my hoofjack and another bin full of miscellanea are tucked neatly below it. Finally, my tall boots and grooming box sit on the floor in front of the shelf without fear of crap toppling down onto them.
My door, which came with a few crappy over the door organizers is much less cluttered and now holds Prairie's nice leather halter (that she's not allowed to wear), my helmet, and all of her polos. (her pillow wraps won't fit because her legs are the length of a adult giraffe. Presumably once they are washed, they will go in the empty tub under the shelf.
Also, I still have so much room! As Prairie's sheets migrate back to the barn for Fall, I definitely have space to store clean laundry and whatever else I decide that I absolutely must acquire (I'll think of something I'm sure)
Now, much like the makeover mom on morning television, my locker beams with pride and looks sharp, clean and ready for business. It also makes me smile every time I swing the door open.
Unlike the makeover mom - my locker has already proven that well placed hooks and shelves are making it very easy to maintain the new look.
Sometimes it's the little things in life :)
Of course.. With Pia's arrival comes another full size locker which begs the question - do I segregate stuff based on horse, or purpose? I could give P1 a locker of her own and P2 a locker of her own, or I could dedicate one locker to "tack only" and use another for random products, sheets, blankets and wraps...