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Is your shed or garage summertime ready? From gardening tools to toys do you have a place for everything? Too often, the areas of the home that are not “lived” in have a tendency to be ignored yet there are many fantastic ideas out there to help you with this task.
The first step in organizing your space is to come up with a plan:
- What categories of things do you need to store? Separate everything into these categories and place them together.
- Determine how much space you will need to organize the items nicely and write out a plan.
- Be sure to give away, throw away or sell any old items that are no longer used. If you still have all of your kids hockey things or basketball shoes from 3rd grade, and they’re in high school, it may be time for some serious purging! Also, be sure to clean out your garage or shed with a good sweeping.
Organize your space for maximum use and storage! Here are three ways you can accomplish this:
Use your vertical space. I love this idea where PVC piping is used to hold unwieldy gardening tools. Click here for step-by-step instructions. If you want to be organized and don’t want to have to make a system, consider the Rubbermaid FastTrack Organization System. It can be purchased at your favorite home store, and you can get only those items that you need. Click here for a video on how the system works.
Make it portable. Depending on the types of tools you are storing, having the opportunity to make them portable so they can move with you when working on projects is a huge benefit. By using this system, tools are always returned to their spot after use. That is the key to staying organized when items always have their place and are returned after use. For a tip on creating this, click here.
Label Everything. If you are using bins be sure to label each one and have the container available at the height required for your kids. Labels will help you and your family maintain the organization. Have a rotating system where the seasonal items that are not being used during the current season are located high in the system and keep in mind that sleds and bikes can be hung from the ceiling.
Once you have everything in its place, you will feel great about the space and hopefully your family will stop bothering you if they can’t find something! For further ingenious ideas on garage and shed storage, I created a board on Pinterest for your viewing enjoyment, click here to enjoy!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.
Absolutely! How many times do you leave your garage door open and give your neighbors a window into how you live? Your garage should be as organized and good looking as the rest of your home! One of the biggest problems with garages is that they become the catch all for all our stuff we don’t want in the house! However, with the proper planning you don’t have to eliminate all that you own, you just need to plan and rethink how to organize it.
The first step to any reorganization/design is to empty out the garage entirely. Yes, a great deal of work but an empty garage gives you a clean palette in which to work and map out where all the stuff will go. Set up sections in your garage with specific functions in mind. Such as a gardening, sports, car, beach and kitchen overflow section. Set your areas up so that the items are easy to get to. Knowing where your turkey fryer is will save you time when you need it! So pick a nice fall Saturday and tackle this with the goal that you are going to finally park your car in the garage!
Don’t forget the ceiling
The ceiling of your garage holds much potential for hanging items such as bicycles, ladders, or luggage. Click here for instructions on how to hang your bicycles from a ceiling. Check out this ProStar Garage Elevator from Organize.com, this very useful idea lifts items overhead without the need for a ladder!
Floor shelving, shelving hung from the ceiling or cabinets may be used to store all your items. If you have tools lying all over the place, create or purchase a workbench. Home stores offer a variety of options. The goal is to keep stuff from accumulating on the floor of the garage.
Trying to keep your kids sports equipment organized seems like a tough proposition, doesn’t it? It can be done! Either have a bin for each child, or a bin for each sport. There are many different types of items that can be used, such as this handy Ball Claw which holds a single soccer ball, football, or volleyball. Rubbermaid makes a very clever ball holder.
If the idea of doing it all yourself is overwhelming you, home stores such as Lowes or Home Depot have people onsite that can help you with all of your shelving needs. There are companies such as SafeRacks.com that will come to your house and set up a storage system for all of your needs.
Once you have an organization system in place, your whole family will love it as they will always know where to find things! Now, go park that car in the garage!