By Guest Author: Scott Roewer
As the temperatures are finally creeping up, it's time to take our Spring cleaning and organizing campaign outside... to the garage. Make the most of this underappreciated space in your home and get it ready for smart storage and for working on your favorite projects. Even if you just want to just make room to finally move your car inside, remember these top tips for your best organizing results:
1. Designate separate spaces or zones in which to group like items together, such as sports gear, gardening tools, automotive supplies, house repair, etc. It makes finding things easy, clean up is simple, and overall a more functional workspace.
2. When it comes to storing off-season or occasional items in the garage, nothing beats stackable, clear plastic bins. Make sure they have tight sealing lids like the Rubbermaid Roughneck line, to protect your belongings from moisture and critters. Not everything needs to be in a bin with a lid, especially if you're accessing the items frequently.
3. Pegboards are terrific for vertical storage and they come in a variety of sizes and materials. Useful for hanging everything from gardening tools or hand tools, pegboards are also versatile, so you can adjust them as your needs change. Choose a system that is sturdy enough to carry the weight you need. For a dressed-up look, check out this pegboard system.
4. Give yourself some room. If lack of space is keeping you from your list of DIY projects, make your garage more functional by adding the right workbench. Wall mounted versions like this fold-down model give you the surface you need without taking up any floor space. Add casters to any table to make your workstation mobile, and when you're done, tuck it neatly out of the way again. Gladiator Garage works makes a handy, adjustable leg workbench I plan to have in my next garage.
5. Whenever possible, use open shelving instead of cabinets. Not only are they easier to install and less expensive, they also take up less room because you don't need to allow for swinging doors. They also let you see everything you've got, increasing the space's functionality. One exception would be a cabinet with doors that can be locked to store hazardous chemicals if you have small children, especially if the chemicals cannot be stored high out of reach.
6. The only way to keep organized is to keep an eye on what you have. One idea is to store the tiny tidbits on your tool shelves in clear spice jars, so you won't have to hunt them down when you need them, or mount the jars under a shelf. I use a parts organizer like this for my spare hardware. If you have drawers, try painting them with chalkboard paint, so you can clearly label - and re-label - what's inside.
7. Not everything is appropriate to store in your garage. If you think you're saving money buying paper goods in bulk, you'll be throwing that money away if you leave them out to become insect bait. Paint should also be moved inside, as it will be ruined by extreme weather if your garage isn't climate controlled.
8. It may be easy to just lean a ladder up against the wall when not in use, but that can be an accident waiting to happen. Avoid having it tip over onto your car - or worse, on a person - by laying it down horizontally and pushing it against the wall. If possible, keep it off the floor entirely by storing your ladder on hooks.
9. Repurpose wire closet shelving by screwing them into the ceiling joists in your garage. It creates a huge amount of storage for things you don't need to get to regularly, and you can always see what's overhead.
10. Once your garage is organized, for an even more streamlined look, install moisture resistant curtains to hide your storage and work spaces. You can also use it as an opportunity to add a pop of color to the typically stark surfaces of a garage. You could even consider laminating posters or your kids' artwork to create some visual interest in the garage.
Scott Roewer, Certified Professional Organizer is founder of SolutionsbyScott.com, a Washington, D.C.-based professional organization company devoted to teaching residential and business clients, to create and maintain organization systems, master their time management skills, and dramatically increase their productivity.
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By Guest Author: John F Smith
Admit it, your garage is one of the most neglected areas in your homes. Since your garage is only used when you leave and arrive in your home, you never really took the time to clean and remove all the junk you dumped in your garage. This only left your garage to be as dusty and dirty as it can be. Now that spring is just around the corner, this is your chance to make your garage clean again. Start your year right with a new look in your garage. Take advantage of the spring cleaning season and restore the clean look of your garage.
How are you going to do this? The garage may seem to be such hard work, but by keeping these in mind, you will surely find is easier to clean your garage.
There is no other way in which you can start cleaning than by getting all of your boxes and check the contents of each. You have to sort all of your things according to whether you want to throw them away, use them again or store for future use. Take all the things which you want to store again and put them into different boxes. This time, make things a little more organized by labelling each box with the contents of the boxes. This will make it easier for you to just grab the box containing whatever it is you want to use. As for the things that you want to reuse, wash them or wipe them. Place them where they should be so that you will not have a hard time finding them all over again.
Once you are done with these things, you need to clean your garage interior. Sweep the floor and mop them to remove all the dirt and soil that may have come with your car. Dust and wipe the wall, lights, windows, gate and shelves with a damp cloth then a dry one. Make sure to leave no stains on the walls and make sure that it is shiny. You may choose to paint over the walls if you think that the paint is already destroyed.
When your garage is already clean, you can now put back all the boxes and things which you placed outside. Arrange them properly and orderly inside the garage. Arrange them in a way that you can easily locate your things so that you will not have to scavenge through them anymore so the next time that you have to go to your garage, you do not need to get lost inside the dirt and trash that you have dumped in there.
Your garage is more than just a parking space for your car. You often use it as storage for your things. It is equally as important as any place in your house. This is why you should not exempt this place especially when it is time for spring cleaning. Clean your garage now, and you will surely appreciate it more once it is orderly and clean.
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For many homeowners, epoxy flooring in the garage is often the first choice. If you are one of those individuals, you understand how important it is to clean your epoxy flooring to preserve all of the amazing qualities that drove you to the flooring in the first place. In reality, this shouldn’t be an issue. Epoxy floors aren’t all that difficult to clean. If you end up finding any mold on your flooring that needs to be eliminated, you need to gather a few basic items. A sanding sponge, gloves and a scraper are all that you need.
Make sure you wear the gloves to protect your hands during the cleaning process. Using the scraper, gently scrape along the epoxy flooring to get rid of the mold. You need to ensure you are scraping along any of the existing debris. Don’t scrape at a perpendicular angle. After you get through the scraping process, you will need to use your sanding sponge until you have gotten rid of the stain. While you use the sponge, you want to make sure you are working along the same patterns. Avoid crossing one pattern with another.
Once you have the floor sanded down with your sponge, you can begin the cleaning process using a dry, soft, clean cloth. There is always the option of applying an epoxy finishing material, but you need to be careful. If you go this route, you want to make sure you get a material that is identical to the one on the floor already. Apply a thin, even coat on top of the area you sanded down earlier. Allow the coat to dry before you apply another coat. If you decide to apply an epoxy finish, you need to give the floor the time it needs to dry before you step on it. You don’t want to smudge the floor and ruin all of your hard work.
Countless benefits come from using an epoxy flooring. To begin, these floors have an uncanny ability to absorb any shock due to how elastic they are. Because of this, a number of homeowners are installing them in their property. Often times, this flooring pops up inside of the garage. Since the garage tends to be one of those areas that has a significant amount of foot and car traffic, this flooring can hold up against the odds. Another good advantage to this flooring is that you don’t have to worry about any tire marks sticking to the floor, unlike that of traditional concrete. If you follow the simple cleaning process as outlined above, you will be able to eliminate any marks quickly and easily.
It is because of this reason that epoxy flooring is often used in offices, factories, industrial settings and homes. The floor can resist common wear-and-tear from the machines and the employees. Don’t underestimate all of the benefits that come with this amazing flooring. Epoxy flooring goes a long way in protecting the floor and providing you with a finish that shines for years to come.
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By Guest Author: Jason Weaver
Does your garage resemble an episode of Hoarders? Okay, maybe it's not that bad, but you may be moving in that direction. Ask yourself the following questions:
Are items stacked everywhere but nothing seems to have a ‘home’?
Is your lawn mower sitting outside of your garage covered with a tarp or on your back porch because you just don’t have room for it in your garage?
Do you put off home projects and repairs because your tools are not easy to locate?
Your garage may be a large part of your home, but if you are not using it to its full potential, you are losing a lot of prime storage space. If you are tired of the clutter and ready to organize your garage, Monkey Bars garage storage systems has your answer.
Finding the Right Place for Everything
Before you begin setting up your Monkey Bars shelving, hooks, and peg boards to create an organized space in your garage, you should first consider the following organizational tips.
Making Time - Begin your organization when you will have several hours of uninterrupted time. This will ensure you have the time to properly map out, organize and complete your project. If you take on the project in chunks of time, you'll be much more likely to make progress, instead of feeling overwhelmed.
Think About the Weather - Choose an organization time when the weather is nice. You may need to drag out a few items outdoors temporarily. A rainy day can put a halt to your efforts.
Map Out Your Plan - Determine the categories of items you have in your garage. For instance, you may have automotive equipment, gardening and lawn care tools, toys, holiday decorations, sports equipment, and much more. First make your list, then separate each item into a category for easier storage.
Determine Your Needs - Once you've mapped out your plan, you'll have a better understanding of your exact needs. This will allow you to choose the right pieces for your Monkey Bar storage system to create storage space tailored to meet your unique needs. You may need shelving, hooks, cabinets, racks, a workbench, or a combination of several pieces.
Measure Carefully - We know you may be on a roll once you've started your cleaning and organizing frenzy, but don't guesstimate. You'll want to be sure boxes and bins will fit correctly on your shelves. Check the width as well as the height between each shelf.
Labeling and Storage Tips - Now that you've come this far, be sure to label your bins to easily find items. Store holiday decorations and items not used regularly towards the back.
Grouping - Store similar items near each other. For example, your gardening tools should be located near the lawn care items.
Keep Safety in Mind - Store chemicals and sharp object up high, out of reach of small fingers. Store children’s toys far away from these objects as well to prevent accidental access.
De-clutter the Rest of Your Home - Think about moving some of the items in the back of your closet into the garage. Once your garage is organized, you may have room for luggage and other items hogging your closet space.
Keep Up the Good Work - It's easy to fall into old habits. Encourage household members to help. By putting things away directly after use you won't have to tackle this major project again.
Organizing your garage with Monkey Bars garage storage systems will help you take control of your garage space and simplify your life.
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