There is a definite home building boom in Huntsville and Madison Alabama. The recent trend in the past few years was to build houses bigger.
You got a bigger kitchen, bedrooms, dining room and garage. More room equals more storage space. Logic would say the bigger the house you have, the more stuff you will have. But what about the little guys and gals. The ones with the old cape cod style houses where you can barely fit a sub compact car in it let alone store anything in there. As you get older, more stuff accumulates. But the garage does not get any bigger.
Lets start with the basics. One thing you have to keep in mind is that there is no unusable space in the garage. Get it into your head that every square inch of available space all around this room can be used to store something in an organized fashion. You may end up buying or building a storage apparatus. The money you spend will be money well spent on getting your garage organized.
Now lets discover the unused storage space that most people do not even consider. The ceiling is one of these spaces. How many garages have you been in and seen a whole lot of empty space up on the ceiling. All that great space is just calling out to have some stuff stored up there. Christmas and other holiday paraphernalia can be stored up there since it is only used once a year.
How about using that little bit of space over top of the garage door. You can easily buy or make a shelf that will hang down from the ceiling. It will not hang down enough to interfere with the operation of the garage door. This garage organizing idea is perfect for snow shovels in the summer and garden tools in the winter.
Here's one I bet you never thought of. You can actually buy a rack that will attach to the garage doors track. How is that for using all available space.
Do you like to fish? Get yourself some racks designed specifically to hold fishing rods. Mount these up high on the wall. They will be out of the way. They will also be relatively easy to access early in the morning when heading out to catch your dinner.
Don't waste the wall space either. Hooks will do wonders for you. Hang those big old shovels and snow shovels on the wall. Hang those extension cords up on a hook all nice and neatly wrapped in a circle.
Throw up a piece of slatwall. Put some hooks on it. Now hang your tools on the slat wall hooks. They will be neatly organized. Even better than being organized, you will be able to find them and place them back where they came from. No more wasting precious minutes hunting for something you need.
Having a small garage and getting it organized can be a tough road to drive down. With a little planning and the use of your brain power, that cluttered garage can become a well organized room. You may even actually enjoy going in there to. Organizing your home is really rewarding.
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By Expert Guest Author: James Kirkwood
There are several garage storage options available to Huntsville and Madison homeowners looking to organize their garage space. Overhead Storage Racks are a practical and economical garage storage solution.
Do have a difficult time trying to find the items that you need in your garage? There may be a lot of useful tools and gadgets hiding in there, but it may be almost impossible to find what you need at the time that you need it. I know that I have even found myself going out to the hardware store to by a tool that I know I have, just so I don't have to go and search for it! Getting your this useful area organized should be on your list of things to do this spring, and putting together a bit of a plan is a good way to make sure that your project doesn't fall by the wayside this year. It makes for a great weekend project, especially while the weather is still cool this time of year, and you'll find that it was indeed time well spent when you're able to locate a tool, piece of lawn equipment or a sporting good quickly and without the usual hassle.
Hand and power tools, lawn equipment and bicycles are all examples of the items that we commonly look to store in our garages, and as it is actually one of the largest rooms in our home, with proper organization you will find that there are so many more household items that you can store. This will free up room inside of your home, creating space for the items that we tend to use on a more frequent basis. You'll find that when your project is complete and the space is properly utilized, you will be able to store everything from surplus food to toys and games.
With today's garage storage units, cabinets and organizers you'll be able to store just about anything that you might normally store in your closet, attic or basement. With a well-designed storage system you will be able to keep your items safe and easy to access, with a place for nearly everything.
One area in particular that is often ignored for storage purposes is the overhead space. You can easily take advantage of an empty ceiling simply by adding an overhead garage storage system. This productively utilizes a large amount of space for storing seasonal items and bulky things that may normally be difficult to find a place for such as tents, kayaks and other heavy sporting equipment. Building a system like this can be as simple as a quick do it yourself set-up, or there are a wide variety of ceiling storage systems on the market that are designed to be quick and easy to install, while being durable and easy to maintain and access. This systems are generally designed to be suspended from the ceiling joists or rafters.
The ceiling-mounted units come in a number of different weight capacities and sizes. Most of these units are made to be adjustable, as their tends to be a great number of variations between an open garage door and the ceiling from house to house. Once installed and properly organized, your new system will provide you and your family with much needed extra space so that you can create an indoor work space or maybe even do what your garage was actually built for - parking your car inside of it!
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Huntsville -Madison Garage Organization - Cabinets For the Garage and Closets Are Two Different Things!
By Garage Shapeup's Expert Guest Author" Gus Gougas
You finally come to the realization that your garage is a mess and need to do something about it. Congratulations, acknowledging that you have a problem is always the first step. Now what? You decide that adding cabinets to the garage will provide much needed storage and allow you to put things away so that the entire neighborhood doesn't have to see all your stuff every time you open the garage door. Excellent. Step two: come up with a plan. Now what? Where do you go to get cabinets for the garage? How about going to you local home improvement store to see what they have? Good idea! However, when you get there you are overwhelmed by the choices; metal, wood, resin, etc. But then something hits you; if you buy these cabinets, you will have to put them together. And due to the fact you are handy-man-challenged, as you don't know the difference between an open ended wrench and a claw hammer, you decide to scratch this idea.
Now what? Suddenly, a watermelon sized light bulb appears over your head and now everything becomes crystal clear. A couple months ago you remembered that you remodeled your closet and had a professional closet organization company come in and install cabinets. Heck, why don't I just call them and have them install cabinets in my garage as well? A sense of calmness comes over you, as you believe this would be the perfect answer to your garage cabinet question...or do you? You go out to XYZ-closet-company.com to check it out. Perfect! As you review their website you even see pictures of their cabinets in the garage. Perfect, problem solved...or is it?
Garage organization is one of the fastest growing segments in the massive home improvement industry, accounting for multi billions every year. And the closet industry companies have been installing cabinets in the garage for over twenty years. They closet companies were really the first industry to start to focus on organizing the garage. So who better to help with my garage organization than the closet companies, right? I can answer that question with another question, would you order Mexican food at a Chinese restaurant? Of course not. Then why would you have a closet company install closet cabinets in your garage? The obvious answer is to hire a company that focuses on the garage and builds cabinets designed for the garage...a garage organization company.
o allow me to elaborate on the benefits and differences between closet cabinets installed in the garage and custom cabinets designed specifically for the garage. And while there are exceptions to every rule, for the most part, the following information is true about most large franchise based closet organization companies. First, most closet companies install knockdown cabinets. (When you think of knockdown cabinets, think of buying your cabinets at Ikea and then having to assemble them yourself). This means they buy standard size cabinet pieces from the franchise mother ship, inventory the pieces at their shop and then build them at the customer's site. This is fine when your garage layout allows for standard, cookie cutter size cabinets; i.e. 7 feet high by 3 feet wide by 18 inches deep.
However, if you want to have cabinets run the entire length of your 21 feet, 7 & 1/2" wall, and you want all the cabinets to be exactly the same width. Also, because of the garage door rail toward the front portion of the side wall, two of the cabinets will need to be 6" smaller in height. So now what? You can have the closet companies use their knock standard size cabinets and have almost 20" of wasted wall space and lose about 6 cubic feet of internal storage space. Or you can contract with a garage organization specialty company to have custom cabinets built 43 & 1/4" wide, with two of the cabinets 6 inches shorter. A perfect fit. Also, knockdown cabinets are assembled with cam and post screws, again think Ikea. Custom cabinets are built to order based on shape, size color designed. The cabinet box is permanently constructed with screws, nails and glue. So you don't have to worry about the boxes eventually coming apart or loosening with normal wear and tear and/or vibrations.
Next what about the materials that the cabinets are made from? Most closet companies install cabinets made from 1/2" or 5/8" particle board. This is fine for cabinets installed inside the house, in a 75 degree climate controlled environment that holds shirts and sweaters. However that's not the garage. The garage is normally the hottest and/or coldest area of the home, as there is normally does not have air conditioning or heating. Also, the garage has to deal with a lot of moisture in the air due to rainy conditions. Also, these cabinets will need to hold heavy paint cans, various tools and tool boxes, plumbing and electrical supplies, 50lb bags of lawn fertilizer and pool chemicals.
Items you normally don't store in your bedroom closet. Custom cabinets built for the garage are normally built of 3/4" or 1" industrial grade melamine. These cabinets normally have full and solid backs and reinforced shelves that can hold around 100lbs per shelf. My point is that closet company cabinets are not designed to handle the heavy loads, varying weather conditions and the rugged conditions of the garage. Custom cabinets from a garage organizational company are designed specifically for the garage.
So if you are in the market for cabinets for your garage, consider hiring a company that specifically has cabinets for the garage, a garage organizational company. And if you need cabinets to hold some blouses, socks and ties, call a closet organization company. And if you want some good Mexican food, go to a Mexican restaurant.
OrganizIT! Inc, is a Chatsworth based company that provides organizational products and services for the garage. Operating since May of 2006, OrganizIT! is one of the fastest growing garage organization companies in the Los Angeles area. OrganizIT! is a full service garage organization company that focuses on providing a high level of professional service. OrganizIT! carries products from the leading manufacturers in the garage organization industry such as; SwissTrax garage floor tiles, Tuffrax overhead garage racks, Schulte and Racor garage accessories and HandiWall slatwall.
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About Gus Gougas: Gus Gougas is presently an partner and president of OrganizIT!, a Chatsworth based business that provides products and services within the garage remodeling/organization industry.
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Huntsville Garage Shapeups - Overhead Garage Storage Racks - The Secret Space You Never Think to Use
Huntsville Homeowners, Do You want to know where the secret space in your garage is that nobody ever thinks to use? I'll tell you, but first you are going to need some overhead garage storage racks. There is a clue to where this space is. Have you figured it out yet?
The answer is simple. Go into your garage and stand in the middle of it. It may take you a minute or more to get to the middle of your garage if it full on stuff all over the floor. Okay, now look straight up. See all that empty space that you can use?
It's been there the whole time. And practically nobody ever uses that space for storage. Probably because they don't know how to make use of it.
How do you make use of all that lovely empty space up there?
You simply use some overhead garage storage racks.
These racks can either be of the permanently mounted from the ceiling or there are some that use a pulley to raise and lower the rack from the floor.
Stationary mounted racks will require you to get out a ladder and climb up and down to put stuff and remove stuff from this type of rack.
A rack that uses a pulley system is much easier. You can lower and raise it from the ground. This eliminating having to use a ladder. For those of us not to thrilled about heights, this is the way to go.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Harriet Hodgson
When I see a messy garage I cheer. I am not the only person who is awash in garage clutter. Now that the weather is turning warmer my husband and I are thinking about a garage makeover. Who do we need? How much can we spend? A successful garage makeover hinges on planning. These are the major points in our plan.
1. Create a budget. We set a dollar limit on how much we are willing to spend. Though we have wooden shelves, we do not have enough of them and need more. Many storage systems are available: plywood, metal panels, slatwall systems, grid, rail, rack and cleat systems. The cost of these systems adds up quickly. "Great Garage Makeovers" magazine cites some cost estimates in its article, "Great Hang Ups." A steel slatwall system costs seven to eight dollars per square foot. A plastic slatwall system costs about six dollars per square foot. Our makeover budget is only a few hundred dollars, so we will have to be shrewd shoppers.
2. Group things. Finding items is easier if you group items in categories. Tools, along with our workbench, are stored at the back right of our garage. This placement works so we will keep it. Cleaning supplies and firewood are stored at the back right. This placement also works. An extension ladder and gardening tools are hung on the right wall and we will leave them there. But the left wall is a hodge podge of stuff and we need to sort through it. Drawing a plan will save time and costly mistakes.
3. Hang stuff up. The Garage Tek website tells consumers to clear the floor to avoid damage and prevent accidents. This is wise advice. "Easy Storage Solutions," a Reader's Digest website article, recommends ceiling shelving. This gets items up off the floor, but we cannot do it because there is an attic with pull-down stairs above the garage. The attic floor cannot support any additional weight. Check the supporting structure before you invest in suspended shelving. Call a contractor or renovation expert if you are unsure about the load-bearing capacity of your garage ceiling.
4. Repair and paint the floor. We live in Minnesota and the highway department salts the roads in the winter. Over time, this salt has pitted the garage floor. According to Tim Snyder, a garage makeover is the ideal time to repair your floor. In his article, "Garage Makeover," he tells consumers to fill 1/8-inch or wider cracks with concrete crack filler or all-purpose urethane calk. Once this is done, you can paint the floor with concrete sealer, masonry sealer, patio or porch ename, or garage floor epoxy. "The product you pick depends on the look you like and the budget you're on," he writes. We will eventually paint our garage floor, but not this year.Five Step Process
A garage makeover, especially one that starts with a plan, makes life easier. You will be able to find things and store more than you thought.
Copyright 2010 by Harriet Hodgson
Harriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist for decades. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of Health Care Journalists, and Association for Death Education and Counseling. Her 24th book, "Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticpating Grief," written with Lois Krahn, MD is available from Amazon.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Andrew Stratton
A messy garage is something homeowners try to ignore. Organizing one's garage is a dreaded task that is often put off again and again. Don't feel discouraged if your parking space looks like a storage room. Here are some recommended tips to make garage organizing go easier,
Dedicate This Project The Right Amount of Time
You don't really know how long this is going to take. You might need a couple of days or even a couple of weekends to clean up. Write it in your calendar, and don't make extra plans besides that project. Dedicate that whole day or weekend to cleaning and organizing.
Throw Away The Junk
When it comes to garages, many of them store a lot of junk. Look at all the things that are broken or don't work anymore as well as things you don't really know why you have kept. It might be time to throw these things away.
If something needs repairing, decide whether or not it's worth the time, money, and effort. If it's not worth it, then just throw it away. There's no point in keeping it and you need the space.
Resell or Donate
If you find things that still work but have no use for you, consider donating them. You can also organize a garage sale outside your home to get rid of a lot of stuff and get some extra cash. The best time to do this is early on the weekends by making signs and placing them around the neighborhood so people know about your sale. Also, consider online sources such as eBay and Etsy as an alternative way to sell stuff. You might be surprised about how much what you find is worth.
Get Storage Bins and Shelves
Once you know what you want to keep, look for effective ways to organize your stuff. You will probably need sturdy shelves and spacious bins to keep everything organized. You can find what you need in warehouse hardware stores.
Plan carefully and according to the space in your garage. Remember that your objective is to have enough space to park your car.
Aim to organize everything in categories: Christmas decorations, tools, collectibles, and more. Also, try to label everything so in the future you know what you have.
Once you get rid of all the junk and organize and label the things you want to keep, it's time to clean up. Dust the shelves, sweep up the floor thoroughly, and mop if necessary. Garages are rarely thoroughly cleaned; this is the perfect chance to do it! Don't leave it for another day.
Put Your Car Inside
Now that your parking space is no longer a storage room, you can put your car on its rightful place. Isn't that great? All that hard work paid off. So get motivated!
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Naomi Bethany
Garages are primarily used for parking cars but for most men, it is also where they conduct their "extra" works such as fixing broken things, creating stuffs and all those crafting that men are so fond of. Then again, not all garages are spacious enough to allow extra activities; but you can do something so that it can accommodate not just your car and mechanical tools but as well as your other things. You just need to have garage storage cabinets.
Garage storage cabinets are very useful especially if you have limited space. You can put your tools there in an organized manner so that it will be easier for you to access them when needed. However, you should not just buy one on whim. You should take certain things in consideration before you head on to the furniture shop because buying the wrong one could result to disaster. Here are some things to keep in mind prior to buying a storage cabinet for your garage:
1. Space - first and foremost, you need to determine where you are going to put the cabinet or cabinets on and then measure it so that you will know what size you are going to buy. In measuring, you have to consider leaving space for you to still move comfortably when in the garage so that it will surely give convenience rather than strain.
2. Material - there are many options for garage cabinet materials such as steel, wood, plastic and others and each of them has its strengths and weaknesses. One thing to consider in choosing the material is how well it can stand the different elements present in the garage such as moist and humidity. This ability could help determine the length of time the furniture can serve you and of course, it would be preferable to have one that could really last.
3. Usability - it is also important to take note of how functional the cabinet would be. Remember that the reason you are buying one is to maximize your garage space and for better organization. So, you may want to include the number and sizes of the compartmentalization as a consideration in choosing the cabinets for your garage.
Having garage storage cabinets would definitely make your garage a more conducive place to work in. The key, however, is to pick the right one and taking the above considerations before buying would help you end up with the perfect piece of furniture.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Blog Guest Author: Jo Tempest
I am sure if you look in a vast majority of people's garages, you will see no car!!! I can feel overwhelming to organize garage chaos! Just a mess of junk and equipment - everything that is not being used, or too big to be stored in the house, but they feel they must keep. We have all been guilty of that, I'm sure.
Do you want a clean and organized garage? To be able to keep your car there? If you do, then follow my 10 tips.
Now you have somewhere to keep your car safe and protect it from all weathers. And better, everything has its own place, and is easy to find. Enjoy!
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Robert Christian Jr
Overhead garage storage is not a mystery, is very affordable, it can be done by a handy do it yourself person and will create immediate new storage space. Take a walk around your local neighborhood on any clear sunny Saturday afternoon when people are home and have their garages doors up. What you will see is many of your neighbors share a common problem with you, garage storage at its worst with piles of personal items, trash bins, and boxes taking up most of the floor space in their garages. Why is this shared problem so common with homeowners? Simply put; older and even some newer homes were never designed nor constructed with adequate built-in utility storage. The homeowner is left on their own when it comes to finding and organizing storage for items used to service the home like rakes, shovels, lawnmowers, and hand tools, not to mention all the personal papers, boxes, decorations, where to put them?
Today, the average home garage has a large open attic area of unused storage space. Typically, this unused space is not functional space only available space and it requires improvement for use as overhead storage. Generally, improvements include plywood coverage over the open floor joists, a drop down ladder for safe entrance to the attic from the garage floor level, perhaps enhanced lighting, and a direct wired or wireless storage lift solution to get your items safely in the attic space.
These improvements can all be done by a do it yourself homeowner. Your new overhead garage storage all starts with a plan.
When it comes to planning your overhead garage storage and attic space, consider your needs for off the floor storage and organization such as storage cabinets, shelves, wall storage with hooks to hang things and open baskets to hold things. A little extra planning and a small investment will make a big difference in the organization and access of all your stored possessions.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Kim Cosentino
If you're like me, I love gardening and being in the yard during the warm months, here in Chicago. The crisp air has brought the reality that it is now time to close up shop for the year. Many people seem overwhelmed with how much room all this stuff can take up in a garage. If you're lucky, you have a shed.
The main tip today is to MAXIMIZE your SPACE wherever you store these items. Turn 2 feet of floor space into 10 feet of shelf space. Easy to assemble, freestanding, acrylic shelf units; 5 shelves that are 24 inches across and 18 or 24 inches deep are a great answer. The depth is the key with these. Most freestanding shelves are only 12 inches deep.
Remember each shelf unit, or each shelf should have a BROAD, but SPECIFIC THEME. I am fortunate to have a shed, but you'll find shelves on either side. On one side I keep all my pool items. The other has the gardening equipment and yard decorations. Things I won't need till the weather is great again, next year, go in the way back of the shed. Those I may still want to pull out, go in the front. I also put utility hooks on the walls for items with handles or stuff I can bag up and hang. Tall garbage cans are also great to contain tall items and tools or bulky items like the tent.
Whether in a shed or the garage, make sure that each corner in the space has a Broad, but Specific theme too; just like how a kindergarten classroom is set up. If you're storing in the garage, one corner could be for holiday decorating, one for the kids toys and another may be where the workbench and tools are housed; the fix-it corner. By doing this, you know where to find things and where to put things away. Don't forget you're paying for the ceiling space too. Could hooks go up there for the bikes or shelves for out of season items?
For some of you, the best thing about maximizing your space is that now the car, or maybe even both, can go in the garage for the winter months.
Remember, that the best gift to give someone who has it all, but doesn't know what to do with it, is the gift of organization.
As always Happy Organizing.
I Came, I Saw, I Organized!
Kim Cosentino, Professional Organizer
Owner, The De-Clutter Box, est '94
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