By Gues t Author: Kari Hanson
There seem to be two stereotypical genres of garages:
1. A glorified (and incredibly messy) storage unit
2. The Man-of-the-House Retreat/Hideout
Supposedly both of these can be true, but neither are really the original
thought or idea behind having a garage. Instead, your garage is supposed to be
for your car or cars, if you have more than one. And yet, most cars end up in
the driveway or curb, subject to all types of weather while the garage is
stuffed with tools, lawnmowers, bikes, balls, boxes, gardening supplies, and
everything else you don't want visible in your house.
So why can't we get everything we want out of the garage? An organized
storage unit, a retreat from responsibility and pressure, a place for our car.
Well, we can. What if the problem isn't in the amount stuff you try to tuck away
or the projects that take over any and all free space. Most garages are lines
with empty walls that might have a few hooks hanging in random spots where
someone started to attempt some sort of organizational system. So stop sighing
every time you pass the garage door or shaking your head when you have to park
your car in the driveway instead of the garage.
This problem is common and very fixable. We just need the right tools, enough
time to re-organize, and the motivation to change.
It seems that the one thing people can't get enough of is
time. If you can only spare 15-20 minutes a day to your garage it may feel like
it's going slower but will still get done in the same amount of time. Some
people try to binge clean, getting everything cleaned in one big clean-all
splurge. They go strong for maybe an hour or so but then it starts to get
overwhelming and tiring. It starts to look like an insurmountable task and
become discouraged. Take steps. If its starting in one corner and organizing or
picking categories to separate out from the mess, such as stuff you have to keep
and stuff you might not need and stuff to get rid of. If you really want it to
get done you'll find the time. Just remember to not overwhelm yourself--take the
time to do it right.
How hard is it to stare at a huge pile full of things
you know are yours but might not even recognize? Where to start and where to put
it all turn into why start and why put it anywhere else. This slowly turns into
the "It's fine where it's at" frame of mind until you come full circle and
realize that it needs to be cleaned up and organized. So, pull yourself out of
that circle of denial and wishes. Instead take action! Keep telling yourself
that little by little if you keep at it your garage will be yours again.
After you have the time and motivation, we need to know what
tools are the "right" tools. The first tool you will need can give you the space
you need to get your car in the garage while not losing space for storage or a
retreat. SHELVES! The right kind of shelving can save you from all the stuff in
your garage. Whether you just need some organization or more space, sturdy
shelves can ensure a positive outcome. Also with shelving, they pick everything
up off the floor and into the wall space that you usually can't reach or use.
Shelves can give you more storage space above and more space below for anything
else you want, like cars or a small work desk.
Don't let your garage control you, take control of your garage.
Monkey Bars Storage gives you the quality storage system you want with a
large variety of shelves to fit all your needs. Just check out their website at
http://monkeybarsstorage.com and you won't be
disappointed by the variety of sturdy garage storage equipment you find. Not
only are there the normal shelves that you can simply put stuff on, Monkey Bars
has racks for bikes or sports equipment, drop down shelving, and
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