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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