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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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!
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Steven Gilham
Is your garage floor space crowded and unorganized? And are you sick of taking hours to clean up your garage? Well now there are many garage organizers to help store items neatly and take up much less space.
Why not invest in a fold a way work bench and wall cabinet. It appears as a normal wall cabinet but when open converts into a full sized heavy duty work bench with detachable legs for added strength. With room for storage of tools it easily folds away when not in use. Regular wall mounted cabinets with adjustable shelves for custom fitting are also practical and provide great storage for a wide variety of items.
A heavy duty metal shelf is another option for your garage wall storage. Wall mounted metal hooks are great for storage on the garage wall and are ideal for ladders or heavy tools. Rust resistant powder coated wire basket organizers can be mounted to your garage wall, storing lawn and garden equipment, small hand tools, spray paints and more.
Multi hook racks are available for hanging brooms, mops, tools, jackets and hats. Then there is the metal pegboard which attaches easily to your garage wall and can be used for virtually anything including sports equipment, tools, lawn and garden accessories. For all your sporting equipment there are a wide variety of racks available.
A bicycle rack can store two bikes on the garage wall, while another rack can store fishing rods vertically or horizontally on the wall, not to mention specially designed racks for all your golf, ski and hockey equipment, you also have the option of customizing and organizing your garage with a versatile slat wall storage system. This tongue and groove system mounts easily to drywall or studs and is durable and easy to clean.
Storage accessories have been developed to use with this system and give you greater floor space in your garage. To give you even more floor space heavy lift ceiling organizers are available for lawn mowers, outdoor furniture, canoes, snow throwers and much more. This system will allow you to load and lift heavy items to the ceiling without using a ladder.
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By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Lee Andersons
There is a wide array of benefits and advantages to installing garage overhead storage products. You will be able to make much better use of your space, while clearing up unnecessary clutter. Additionally there are no trade offs you need to make in return, and you can accomplish everything you'd like for a low cost. Be sure to make your choice based on your needs and you'll end up with garage overhead storage products that are perfect for what you're looking for.
One of the great benefits to these storage systems is that they are very versatile and functional. You can really store many different items, which will help you clear up the floor in your garage once and for all. It will also enable you to move items from other areas of your home into the garage where they belong, therefore improving your living space.
Many people use overhead storage units for bicycle storage. It's easy to hang them from many different styles of shelving or hanging units. Some overhead products are made specifically to hang bicycles, while others can be used just the same to hang them up.
Another great benefit to these products is that many of them come with an automatic lift system. This makes it easy to store heavy and large objects overhead where they are out of the way, while still enabling you to easily access them when you need to. Of course, many systems don't move or lift, and instead are stable overhead racks or shelves. Therefore you really need to think ahead of time for what you will be storing, how easily you'll be able to move everything and how accessible you need it to be.
In addition to these benefits and many more, there are some other important things that you'll have to think about. For example, you need to consider the budget that you're working with. Spending a few hundred dollars will enable you to get most garage overhead storage products. However, if you're looking for more complex or heavy duty gear, or if you need multiple units, you'll need to be willing to spend more.
Installation shouldn't be difficult but considering the location of the solutions that you'll be using, you may want to consider getting some help to complete the job. You need to make sure everything is secured properly so that you don't have a costly and dangerous accident down the line. Finding the exact location that makes sense for the product may also be a bit tricky, so remember to plan accordingly and to get help if you need to.
There are many different benefits to garage overhead storage products, including that you get to clear up a lot of clutter without losing anything in return, and there are different products to store many different items. It's one of the easiest ways to utilize your garage space more appropriately and fully, and many homeowners now pursue it.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Blog Guest Author: Rick Dynek
Are you tired of having to walk through a messy and unorganized garage and wish you could get more valuable use out of it? There are a number of things that you can do to improve the cleanliness and usability of your garage. Here is a simple 7 step guide to garage organization that you can use to get back the great looking garage that you were once used to.
1. Clean it up.
The first thing you need to do is clean up the mess that you and you're family have created over the years. There are a number of things that you can do to clean up your garage including sweeping, dusting, moping, or any other type of cleaning activity that will help remove the dirt and grime that has built up for who knows how long. Garage organization will become much easier if you have a clean slate to work with.
2. Keep it, or dump it.
The hardest thing to do in most cases is decide whether or not you should keep something or throw it away. This is perhaps one of the reasons why garages, or any areas of the home for that matter, become so cluttered with possessions over time. Often times people have a hard time parting with things that they collect, so they resort to stashing them away somewhere in a corner until they can deal with them later.
If you want to be successful with garage organization, then one thing you have to force yourself to do is decide if are going to keep something or get rid of it. If you choose to only keep the things that you absolutely need, then you'll find that your organization goals will be much more achievable.
One thing you might consider before throwing something in the trash is whether or not it can be donated. Often times items can be donated so that someone else may use them. Old tools, car equipment, sporting goods equipment, yard tools, and more are great examples of things that can be donated to others. The best part is if you donate enough, you may be eligible to receive a tax credit for the items that you gave away.
Once you have completed the process of sorting and sifting through the things that you need and don't need, then you'll want to categorize all of the remaining garage items so that you can organize them all in a manner that makes sense for your needs.
You might consider categorizing everything by usage, so you might have categories such as hand tools, power tools, automotive equipment, yard work items, sporting equipment and outdoor gaming equipment, fishing gear, and more. Remember to organize the items in your garage in a manner that makes sense to you so you know exactly where to find a particular item when you need it.
4. Choose your storage equipment
There are a number of options that you can choose from when it comes to storage needs. If you're looking to save a little money on storage, then you can build your own shelving out of wood, metal, or plastic. This option is more time consuming because it will take some commitment from you in order to build the shelving properly.
If you don't want to bother with building your own shelving, then you also have the option of purchasing pre-made or even custom made shelving from either a local home improvements store or online through a number of different retailers.
The storage equipment that you build or purchase should be flexible enough to allow for a number of different storage options. There should be shelving for larger items that you want to keep off of the ground, drawers for smaller items that need to be kept together, trays for hardware pieces, and cabinets with lockable doors for items that you want to restrict access to. All of these different storage options will help make your garage organization efforts much more feasible.
When you've made the decision of which type of storage you are going with, organize and install it according to your particular garage layout. You should have some sort of conceptual plan for how you want your garage to look once you have everything in place, so your shelving, cabinets, drawers, and other storage facilities should be installed in a manner that will accommodate that plan.
6. Arrange for convenience
Perhaps the most important purpose of performing the task of garage organization is the purpose of adding convenience to your space. This means that you'll be able to quickly and easily access something when you need it, instead of having to sort through a mess to get what you need.
During this step you can address each item that you have decided to keep and position it in a spot close to similar items. This way when you need something in particular, you will at least know the general area that it will be in if you don't know the exact location. For instance, if you're looking for a power drill, then it will most likely be located where the rest of your tools are, perhaps near your work bench.
7. Review and reorganize.
Garage organization is a critical process that you will want to go through if you don't want to have to deal with a cluttered mess all of the time. After you have completed the process, don't be afraid to take a glance over the space you have created for yourself to see if there is something that could be reorganized differently to provide even more convenience.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Antoinette Ayana
Your home is more enjoyable when you feel organized, and the same can be said about the space where you park your car. If you can't even park your vehicle in its appropriate location because you have too many tools, recreational equipment, and other belongings in the way, then it's time for a new storage method. You can make better use of your space and enjoy all the benefits your property has to offer.
You need a place to put your tools, outdoor chemicals, supplies, and other items you don't want in your home. Garage cabinets give you room to store these things safely and in an organized fashion. You can choose free-standing styles that have doors and individual dividers to separate screws, nails, and smaller items from larger tools. Alternatively, you can pick shelf designs meant to be hung on the wall for putting larger equipment and stored items on display for easy viewing.
Leaving your belongings on the ground makes them susceptible to water damage, staining, and even animal invasion from mice and other critters. Garage cabinets protect your items from these occurrences and keep them safe in protective housing. You can store books, expensive work clothing, chains, hoses, and other items that need added protection in these units.
Stumbling around in your carport trying to locate boxes or individual items is a chore. With garage cabinets, you not only have everything stacked and stored where it belongs, but you can access these units with ease. Choose a model that has hooks on the side for holding gardening gloves and other often-used tools or clothing. A style that has handles on its doors makes grabbing a hand tool or nail simple.
One of the biggest selling points of garage cabinets is the way they can take a cluttered space and make it visually appealing. All of your items are securely stored away to keep your space organized and beautiful. If you wish, you can have your storage equipment custom-painted or designed to match the decor of your home for added appeal.
There are many different styles of garage cabinets out there. You can choose basic shelf styles that hang on your wall, making grabbing tools easier. If you want to keep items protected from animals and the elements, consider a model with doors and storage drawers. With many options to choose from, you will find the right unit to make your parking space more accessible and organized.
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Garage Shapeups: Garage Organization - Cabinets For the Garage and Closets Are Two Very Different Things!
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.
So 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.
For a free design consultation, go to; http://www.organizitco.com/
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.
After 20+ years in Corporate America in outside enterprise sale/marketing/management for companies like; Symantec, Unisys, Logica, Lanier, Gus started OrganizIT! Inc. Gus has appeared on TV programs about garage organization on NBC, HGTV and KCAL9. Gus published numberous articles on garage organization and has recently been featured in new book, "Big Book of Garages", by Tina Skinner. You can contact Gus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-232-7683.
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