Quoted! Make More of Your Garage Space

By Kathleen Krueger, September 5, 2015

You will seldom find a garage that serves only as a shelter for vehicles. Our garages often serve as storage areas for lawn care equipment, sports equipment, gardening supplies and any excess items that haven’t found a spot inside the home. In addition, your garage is often used as a work area and includes the various hand and power tools you use on your projects, whether vehicle related or not. Some of our garages have gotten so filled with other ‘stuff’ that we don’t even have room for our vehicles any more.

Do you need to get rid of the things filling your garage? Should you rent a storage unit to keep it in? Both of those suggestions may have some merit, depending on your particular situation. Before you go to either of those extremes, why not just try making better use of the garage space you have? Organizational experts like Angelica Holiday from Organize Rescue have found that often times the issue isn’t too much stuff. Many homeowners just need to learn how utilize their storage space better, to make it more efficient.

Develop Storage Zones

Holiday suggests by creating zones for storing related items. This helps to maintain an organizational system. Everyone can quickly learn that all the sporting equipment can be found in one area of the garage and that is the same area it should be returned to. Lawn and garden tools and supplies are kept in another area. Occasional use items like holiday decorations and that big roaster you only use for large family gatherings can be kept in another area.

Get It Off the Floor

You generally are limited on floor space in a garage. They are designed to fit vehicles and allow for space to open doors, but don’t always have a lot of extra floor space on either side. If you do have some extra floor space, it will generally be along the wall that is opposite the overhead door. The solution, of course, is to use wall space for your storage areas.

“Hooks and hangers are a plenty at hardware stores,” Holiday reminds us. “Overhead storage bins are a super place for things you don’t have to get to on a regular basis.”

Hang bikes and sporting items on the walls. Garden tools can be kept neat and easily accessible in the same way. Pegboard has been the go-to item for tool organization for decades. Everything has its place and is easy to find at the same time. Add labels or draw a silhouette around each tool to be sure that each item gets returned to its designated spot.

Shelves placed high up on the end wall will work perfect for bins filled with holiday decorations, craft supplies, the tent and sleeping bags. Anything that doesn’t need to be accessed frequently and isn’t too heavy. Label the outside of your bins with large lettering so it is easy to determine what is in each one without taking it down and opening it. Using clear bins can also help solve the problem of identification.

For those smaller things and items you might want locked away, narrow cabinets can be placed below the shelves with a work counter on top. Keep fasteners, paints and hand tools put away and out of site.

It just takes a little thoughtful planning, and you will find that you have a lot more storage space available in your garage than you realize. Plus, plenty of room to park your vehicles too.


Quoted! Make More of Your Garage Space

Quoted! How to Move in with Your Parents

There are a litany of questions that need to be resolved when one decides to move back in with their parents. A lot of whys are asked, but the biggest question should be, where can I fit all my stuff?

Moving back in with family after college could be relatively easy, furniture easily given away, a dorm room or shared apartments worth of belongings could slide back into an old room or basement, taking minimal space away from the garage—this is, perhaps, the easiest point of reentry into a parental abode. Not so true once we get older.

What to Do With All Your Stuff

A friend went through this problem himself. He had a house full of furniture and collectibles when he went to move back in with his parents: a house already filled with collectibles and furniture, much of it antiques, and most of it much nicer than what he owned. With the exception of his television, not one of his belongings was going to replace his parent’s things, and there was no basement.

He still had yearbooks and baseball cards, knickknacks that ranged from fossilized bones to Smokey the Bear propaganda, thrift-store globes and maps, and too many full bookshelves. He knew he had to downsize his life, but what to keep, what to pack up and store, and what to sell or donate were not easy decisions.

Ginny Underwood, Professional Organizer and owner of Virginia’s Easy Living Solutions offers good advice for anyone facing these decisions. Rent a storage unit is her first tip. Secondly, she advises you to only take the furniture and kitchen items that your parents don’t already have available for your use.

Temporary Storage

My friend followed that advice. He sold or gave away much of his furniture, but when it came to his vinyl collections, books, Nintendo games, clocks and comics, his biggest decisions revolved around what he needed day-to-day access to and what criteria makes a good storage facility for the rest.

His top criteria for choosing a storage facility involved price, location and reviews. He looked for complaints about leaks and how often the storage facility had been robbed. Price checks are easy nowadays as many storage companies advertise their price on web pages, but he still made some phone calls just to be sure. For him, having his storage close and having his material things accessible was more important than a $5-$20 difference in price. He chose a facility a mile down the street for that reason.

Maintaining a Healthy Relationship

Dealing with your physical possessions is really the easiest part of moving in with parents after you’ve already began your life as an adult. Keeping your relationship intact while sharing their house can be the bigger challenge.

R-e-s-p-e-c-t is the theme of this endeavor,” advises Angelica Holiday, owner of Organize Rescue. ”Both the parents and adult kids have to have lots of this, combined with patience.” She goes on to suggest that you avoid monopolizing the common areas, to be mindful of your parents patterns and recognize that there are times when it would be best to retreat to your room. “Helping out is another area of value,” Angelica says. “Adult children should be looking to financially contribute to the household so no resentments build up.”

The important thing about moving in with parents is to make yourself comfortable with what can be an uncomfortable situation. You don’t want to live with boxes stacked to the ceiling in a depressing maze of a room. Figure out what belongings are really worth keeping, get rid of anything unwanted, unused, or broken, then do some quick Google searches to find the most secure and affordable storage space you can. And keep the yearbooks—your senior picture is hilarious!

By Kathleen Krueger


Quoted! How to Move in with Your Parents

Another quote! Need a Bigger Food Pantry? Storage Units Could Be the Answer.

by Kathleen Krueger for www.selfstoragefinders.com

June 20, 2015

The affordable extra space available through self-storage units is being used to accommodate all kinds of lifestyle needs. Why rent or buy a larger house or apartment when you all you need is extra closets or garage footage? With a little creative thinking, you can come up with all kinds of different ways to utilize the space of a storage unit.

One of newest and most practical ideas has been to use part or all of a storage unit as a food pantry. Storage units can allow a family to purchase in bulk or to store food preserved through home canning, even when there is a shortage of storage space in your apartment or home.

Organizing Your Food Pantry

Whether your food pantry is in a storage unit or in your home, developing a simple organization system will help you to find what you need when you need. Since many food items also have expiration dates, proper organization can also ensure that those items closest to expiration get used first.

Angelica Holiday, owner of Organize Rescue, suggests creating an inventory list of the food items you have stored in your storage unit. “Keep an inventory of your supply and dates you canned them. Use it to avoid planning to use something that you may have already depleted and spoilage due to expiration. Every time you use something, mark it off your list.”

There are several storage services which now offer easy to use apps for tracking your items in storage along with their pickup and delivery service. Seattle-based Storrage is one company providing their customers with inventory apps. Clutter, which currently serves Los Angeles and Orange counties, also provides customers with an online visual inventory. Both these companies also provide pickup and delivery of your stored items, meaning you never have to visit the storage facility yourself.

Home-canned Food Storage

If the foods you will be storing in your storage unit are foods that you’ve canned yourself, there are few items to keep in mind depending on your location and climate. Since home-canned goods are packed in glass jars, temperature and stability are factors to consider. “A temperature-controlled environment will protect your canned goods from freezing in cold climates and getting to warm in hotter climates.” Holiday says. If you live in an area where earthquake tremors are frequent, glass jars set on open shelving (either at home or in your storage unit) could result in horrific mess. Make sure your jars are stored in such a way that only get shaken and not shattered.

If you’re just beginning your journey into home canning, it is important that you are aware of how to can safely and recognize when a jar of food may have not sealed properly or is spoiling for any reason. Freshpreserving.com provides answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding home canning safety. Here are some of their tips:

Leave the recommended amount of headspace in your jars between the food and the lid. Too much or too little headspace can prevent your jar lid from sealing properly.
Storage temperature for canned goods should remain under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures can decrease the nutritional value in your foods.

Store your canned foods away from direct sunlight. Light can cause your foods to fade in color and destroy certain vitamins.
A temperature controlled storage unit provides the ideal environment for food pantry storage units. It is dark and dry. Keeping your food at a constant temperature between 50 and 70 degrees will also preserve them longer than if kept in a place where temperatures fluctuate above and below that range.

Another quote! Need a Bigger Food Pantry? Storage Units Could Be the Answer.

Garage Storage Tips: Organize and Declutter

Homeclick Community added by Kathleen Krueger

Professional organizers offer tips on how to prevent overwhelm when you use your garage for storage space.

The job of a garage is, first and foremost, to be a safe storage area for the family vehicles. However, the average garage provides more than one function for homeowners. In most cases, the garage is a storage area for many other things as well. When fitting your vehicles into the garage becomes a challenge or absolutely impossible, it’s time to declutter and reorganize your garage.

Declutter First
Dani Perea, from BrightNest.com, a leading source of advice for homeowners, offers this advice on how to begin the decluttering process: “Keep your garage’s job in mind as you clear clutter and organize. Anything that doesn’t fit its job should go in a “put away (somewhere else)” pile or a throw away or donate pile.”

Just because something is currently stored in your garage, doesn’t mean it has to stay there or that the garage is the best place to store it. Seasonal items can be stored in a separate garden shed or a self-storage unit and retrieved when needed.

Perea also provides this savvy tip – ”Never buy bins before you declutter – or you’ll have less motivation to actually get rid of items with a nice new empty bin in front of you.” If you do buy bins for garage storage, organizers generally recommend that you purchase clear plastic bins. This allows you to see what is stored inside without having to open the bin.

[More Decluttering Tips: 4 Steps to a Clutter-Free Home]

Storage Time
Now that you’ve decluttered and determined which items really should be stored in your garage, its time to get organized. Angelica Holiday a professional organizer and owner of Organize Rescue suggest creating zones for similar items.

“Place all sporting equipment in one zone. Lawn care and tools make a nice pairing in another zone.”

You’ve decluttered and sorted your items, now it’s time to decide how to create garage storage areas that are both accessible and fitting for the types of items you are storing. Holiday offers this advice: “I say “UP” with it all. Hang as many things as you can from the ceiling and on the walls.”

Perea gets even more specific, “If most of the items in your garage are sports related, then opt for metal shelving and hanging hooks rather than large boxes (which easily become clutter traps). If your ‘keep’ items are mostly tools – a pegboard and hooks will hold tools, and won’t take up as much space as clutter-friendly shelves.”

Keep safety in mind as you determine storage areas for items. “Always store substances like paint, pesticides and auto fluids in their original containers,” Perea reminds us. “If the containers are damaged at all, get rid of them. If you have pets or children, make sure that containers of toxic substances are high and far out of reach.”

For a truly clutter-free look in your garage, invest in storage cabinets that hide your tools and other smaller items behind sleek doors. Select cabinets that mount on the wall to protect them from floor moisture that could cause damage.

Another reason to choose cabinet storage in the garage is to add another layer of safety and security. Cabinets can have locks to keep children from accessing dangerous power tools and toxic substances. Locked cabinets also add a further deterrent to those who would like to take your tools without your permission.

A final word from professional organizer Angelica Holiday is a good one to keep in mind: “Garages are for parking cars, not packing in so many things you can’t move.”

Garage Storage Tips: Organize and Declutter

Tips for organizing on a budget: Organizing on a budget

Quoted on the Sparefoot Blog!


Tidy and Thrifty: How to Get Organized on the Cheap

That brimming closet. The junk-filled garage that no longer accommodates your car. The basement where you’ve got to clear a path to get to your holiday decorations.
Who couldn’t use a little organization, right? But when you’re on a budget, fancy tools for organization and storage might not be wallet-friendly.
Don’t sweat it. We challenged organizing experts to come up with some creative solutions that you can carry out right away—and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Stress-free sorting tips

“Sort everything—and I mean everything—into piles: definitely keep; move to another location for a definite purpose; give away/sell (and then do it), repair/clean/alter (and then do it, or else it goes in the next pile); and recycle/throw away.” — Kirsten B. Feldman, author

“Set a timer for 20 minutes. Tackle one section of the space you’re trying to organize. When the timer goes off, you’re done for the day. Yay! Once a day, repeat the process. After a few sessions, you’ll be organized. Plus, doing your organizing in small chunks makes it easier to find a place for those wayward items, instead of ending up with a large pile that begs for a trip to The Container Store.” — Dani Perea, growth and engagement manager, BrightNest

“Use painter’s tape to mark out sections on a floor or tarp for sorting categories. You can also use it to label boxes and tape the protective cushioning you may put on a fragile item. If you invest in a couple of different colors or widths, it can be used for an informal coding system for your items.” — Lauren Williams, owner, Organizer2Harmonize

“Group like items together—for example, photos in white frames or sea shells you’ve brought home from the beach—so they have impact and avoid looking like clutter.” — Kirsten B. Feldman

“Get a friend or neighbor to help you if you can’t afford a pro to help you.” — Denise Baron, home and lifestyle expert
Turning clutter into cash

“The first and most profitable way to declutter is always to sell something. Almost every area in the country now has Craigslist, but you can get better prices if you have a local ‘yard sale’ website or Facebook group. Bookoo.com is the largest site behind Craigslist for this type of listing.” — Paul Moyer, owner, SavingFreak.com

“Monetize the process as much as possible by donating for a tax credit or somehow selling what you can. It’s not likely that you’ll get back as much as you spent on the items, but you will get back more than just sending the items to the landfill.” — Lauren Williams
Cheap or free storage solutions

“Before you buy expensive organizers and containers, shop your home first. Think outside the box and use what you have to organize. For example, an ice tray or an egg carton can be used to organize jewelry inside a drawer.” — Dianne de Las Casas, Once Upon A Storage

“Reuse old baking pans in the garage to hold tools or repair items. For example, use an old baking pan to hold the chalking and grout tubes on the paint shelf in the garage. A loaf pan is the perfect size for rolls of tape. Repurpose an old CD cabinet into toilet paper storage inside the bathroom.” — Karen Lankford

“Small to medium-size baby-wipe containers make great holders of many things. I have them lined up in the junk drawer to catch extra pens and mini note pads, rubber bands and batteries. They are great in the craft room and garage, too.” — Angelica Holiday, owner, Organize Rescue

“Over-the-door shoe racks or other types of clear organizers can hold household cleaners, tools, jewelry, makeup and many other items. Don’t be afraid to get creative and repurpose what you already have!” — Alison Kero, owner, ACK! Organizing

“Use recycled clear containers to store your dried ingredients in for your pantry. Make certain to label them with the name of the contents and the use by date.” — Angelica Holiday
“Hooks are useful for hanging purses, keys, towels, pots and pans and many other household items so they’re easy to see and reach.” — Alison Kero

“Use command hooks on the sidewalls of the cabinet under your bathroom sink to hold less-often-used beauty tools. A single nail and a potato chip clip mounted to the wall can hold reusable plastic storage bags.” — Karen Lankford

“Visit your local dollar store and look at all of the organizing options. They carry foldable cubes, plastic storage bins, over-the-door shoe bag hangers, inside-drawer organizers, chalkboard labels, office supplies and so many more items that can be used to organize a chaotic space.” — Dianne de Las Casas

“Shoeboxes make wonderful socks, underwear and pantyhose organizers to use in your drawers.” — Alison Kero
Maintaining your clutter-free house

“Don’t purchase in bulk unless you have a large family to buy for. Those 20 jars of tomato sauce that you got at a bargain are no longer a bargain when you have to throw them out after they’ve expired and you forgot you had them. The only products that we purchase in bulk in my home are toilet paper, paper towels and tissues.” — Eileen Bergman, professional organizer

“The ‘just in case’ rule—if you say it’s ‘just in case’ and it’s been two years since you used it or wore it—then it has to go.” — Denise Baron

“Use free apps to help reduce clutter. Get rid of paper clutter by scanning your documents and uploading them to Evernote. Use BrightNest to get cleaning and organization tips on your phone. And download Closet for iPhone for organizing your clothes.” — Dani Perea

Tips for organizing on a budget: Organizing on a budget

Livestrong: 16 Expert-Recommended Steps to Spring-Clean Your Kitchen

Step 6. Pantry Finishing Touches: Contain and Label It. When you’re ready to invest in new food containers, self-proclaimed “clear-container queen” Angelica Holiday, owner of Organize Rescue, says, “I recommend transferring all dried foodstuffs to clear containers with labels facing front with use-by dates showing.” You don’t even need fancy labels or pens — masking tape and a Sharpie are all you need to be a labeling superstar. 4-6-15 Slide 7


Livestrong: 16 Expert-Recommended Steps to Spring-Clean Your Kitchen

What’s in the Rise of Self Storage?

Marcus & Millichap stated in a 2014 Q3 review of the status of the self-storage sector is surging amid an improving economy that on a year-over-year basis, sales of items such as sporting goods, apparel, furniture and appliances increased nearly 3 percent. People are buying new stuff, shedding less of the old and it’s going into storage. Gas prices are down nationwide and the return to leisure consumption is happening although it may be short lived when gas prices resume their lofty heights. We feel good making a purchase we may not have made otherwise when we have more money in our wallet and more gas in our tank. This trend will see its true target when tax returns are inbound as they are. There may even be a new holiday just for tax return spending? A rush to the shops to place those hard earned returns back into the consumer economy.

What’s in the Rise of Self Storage?

Disorganization Central

Disorganization comes from not having a central plan for each room. Creating an organizational plan takes into consideration the flow of the space, the activities that the space is to provide and the frequency of these activities.

Kitchen Central: High Frequency…. The kitchen is used every day all day long. If you menu plan, you can organize the time that the kitchen will be occupied for food preparation and cooking. If it is an eat in kitchen you can take into consideration that it will be occupied during meal times too. Without these key timing factors, you will have a bit of chaos that will be an ever evil. I suggest that you create a booking system outside of the usual meal prep, cook and eat times so that everyone will know if the space is free or occupied. Everything will flow easily around this structure and everyone will be more happy.

Sports Central Garage: Low to Medium to High Frequency… A sports busy family has to have a very well organized garage to hold the gear for easy access. In some families, there can be multiple sports seasons over lapping each other. That is where the organized placement can be a huge helper. Setting up the scale of the garage to suite the little sports people will also add confidence in getting their own gear. If the play schedule requires the use of the equipment at times daily or weekly, such as bikes, they must be housed at the ready with easy access. Those pieces that are used once a month or seasonally on vacation can be well housed in your storage unit. A room that is centered around its activities is a well organized room. No need for disorganization when the space is well tooled.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. www.organizerescue.com  I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday and upscale organizing challenges, organizes people’s moves and provides wardrobing services. My expertise also includes when it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to a care home, downsizing of all kinds and hoarders. I do hope some of my thoughts were helpful. Please call to book an appointment. Blessings,  Angelica Holiday, Organize Rescue, www.organizerescue.com holiday@organizerescue.com 310-990-5100

Disorganization Central

Couples Clutter

My motto is, “Be Complete. Put things Completely away.” As for couples, Be a Complete Couple. Put things Completely away.”

It always starts with, “He makes little piles.” She says “Then the little piles become bigger piles.”

Perception of a problem is a bigger problem. It is the core of miscommunication. Couples are not working out their own inner blockages and all the stuff becomes an outward sign of these issues. Not everything has to be accomplished in one fell swoop, but when indecision and self doubt come to the surface it has to go somewhere and where it goes is into little piles of clutter.

This inner communication quandary is reflected in the way the couples communicate on a regular basis. Holding, then releasing, withdrawing then talking are common staging grounds for resentment and anger. I see this all the time in my couples organizing work. Even when one partner has a room just for their crafts and the other has the garage for their DIY, each of the spaces have little piles.

One couple I worked with had the wife as the team leader. She was at home with 3 kids under the age of 7 and all their stuff too. The husband did not lend a  hand nor supported the work we were doing. Now the wife has systems to safeguard the home going back to chaos. We never got the husband’s things in any sort of order and it will never change, unless he acknowledges his own indecision and self doubt. That is where my job stops and the marriage counselor’s begins.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. www.organizerescue.com  I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday and upscale organizing challenges, organizes people’s moves and provides wardrobing services. My expertise also includes when it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to a care home, downsizing of all kinds and hoarders. I do hope some of my thoughts were helpful. Please call to book an appointment. Blessings,  Angelica Holiday, Organize Rescue, www.organizerescue.com holiday@organizerescue.com 310-990-5100

Couples Clutter

Spring into Organized and Refreshed Bathrooms

Spring is when Mother Nature shows her knickers and everything comes up daffodils. It is also the time to refresh your home and bathroom.

If space permits seek at auction, flea markets and garage sales a vintage ladies writing desk, deco designed vanity or whatever style console fits yours. Fill them with the smaller cosmetic items and stage the external surfaces with delicate collections of pill boxes and figurines. As for a more modern look, wrangle all your make-up and small cosmetic items into a layered multi-drawer console. You can find them at Bed, Bath and Beyond as well as The Container Store.

If you are horizontally challenged, create storage space that goes “up.” A skinny set of shelves from Ikea is a great way to use spaces that would be overlooked. Speaking of “up,” don’t forget the space above a bath-only, setting. For decoration and clever keeping, create a border shelve design. Use plants as your decoration and to keep rolled towels in place.

Aside from the decorations and storage refreshes, think about cleanliness. This is a great time to replace your toilet seat. Think of how much use a toilet seat gets over the years. No matter how good your cleaner is, there are always nooks and crannies that are left untouched.

This is also a time to take a survey of your candles and bath salts. Since wax is hard to clean and drips are a constant bother, it may be time to replenish your supply. Bath salts and bubble bath tend to build up residue around the spout or opening. Take a moment to clear this to keep the containers looking their best and easy use.

These are some ways you are now fresher and design renewed.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. www.organizerescue.com
I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday and upscale organizing challenges, organizes people’s moves and provides wardrobing services. My expertise also includes when it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to a care home,
downsizing of all kinds and hoarders. Turning clutter and piles into smiles.

Email, text or call for a quote holiday@organizerescue.com 310-990-5100

Spring into Organized and Refreshed Bathrooms