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.
Robert Christian is a freelance writer and published author specializing in garage renovation and remodeling for the DIY home owner. To learn more, contact Robert at http://www.garageenvy.com Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Robert_Christian_Jr/897641Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5853397
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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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Chris Rodulfo
Yes we all know that garage space is what we would call "premo" space. And today we are going to be talking about more garage solutions that a lot of folks are are going to be interested in because just about everyone has a bike or two or maybe even three. This article is all about garage storage racks and in particular bike storage racks.
You see the thing with garages is that most people just do not pay them much attention. There is no garage love as I call it. Things and stuff just get thrown into the garage in a haphazard manner. You know, where ever you can squeeze things in is where they end up. There is just no love.
But folks, it really does not have to be that way because there are so many absolutely terrific garage solutions on the market today and.... they are relatively inexpensive as well.
So back to storing our bikes. Again, because the garage floor is "premo" space, we do not want to waste even 1 square foot of space that we don't have to. And using garage storage racks to store our bikes is the perfect garage solution.
One of my favorite bike garage storage racks is the floor-to-ceiling tension type of storage rack. Why? Because it takes your storage up and off the floor. We are talking vertical garage storage racks here. And isn't that a great and efficient use of space.
Another reason why I really like the floor-to-ceiling bike rack is because it is dead easy to assemble and it holds 2 bikes. Some have a pretty high load capacity and will adjust to hold 4 bikes. All you need to do is to purchase one of those inexpensive Add-A-Bike kits. In other words, you can customize this garage solution to meet your family's growing needs.
And here is a tip when purchasing your bike rack. Make sure it is made of silver anodized aluminum construction because that means it should not rust or discolor. And that is super important - who wants to hang their bikes on a rusty old rack?
And last but not least, most bike garage storage racks are height adjustable. If your garage is anywhere between 7' and 11' then this garage storage rack is going to work for you.
Oh, and did I mention that these floor-to-ceiling garage storage racks are really quite attractive. And by installing one, you will not only be creating one of those perfect garage solutions, but you will also be showing your garage the love!
Chris Rodulfo is a licensed electrician and contractor, specializing in kitchen and bathroom installations. His garage was just crying out for the love and he finally decided to take a stand. He organized his garage. You can learn all about Chris' garage secret garage solutions, tips and tricks by visiting [http://garage-solutions.org].
Chris wants his story to be an inspiration to all the fellas out there who also need a Garage Solutions. You can check out his most recent post at [http://www.garage-solutions.org/garage-storage-shelves/5-benefits-of-using-garage-storage-shelves-2].
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