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.

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Quoted! Make More of Your Garage Space

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

Putting Christmas Away

So it’s time to take down Christmas and put the exterior and interior decorations away.

As for the exterior decorations, there are some companies that will offer to put the decorations up and take them down. If you contract  for them to do both you may get a discount. If the company you are using  doesn’t advertise to do so, ask. They may not have thought of offering the  service. You boost there business and you don’t have to deal with the hassle.

Indoor decorations can be taken down and tidied up with the following  suggestions.

1. Ornaments: Pack delicate and family heirlooms in acid free tissue paper  (available at craft stores), paper towels, large paper napkins or small bubble  wrap. For those extra special ornaments consider plastic, acrylic or card  board boxes (available at craft stores). In the winter season stores like Costco  and Sam’s Club offer apples in clear plastic trays. Save them and store  ornaments in the perfect apple size impressions and ornament size containers.

2. Strands of garland and tinsel: Save the clear plastic zip bags that comforters,  pillows, sheet sets and pillow cases come in. Depending on the quantity, large  zip lock bags and space bags do the trick too. The contents become perfectly  packed when all the air is vacuumed out. They are great for these flexible  decorations.  A super way to take the stress off of the activity is to invite friends and family  over for a party and celebrate the end of the season. You will be surprised how people are willing to lend a helping hand if you provide a yummy meal and great conversation. Tell stories about your holiday season, share pictures and ask  everyone about their new year’s resolutions. The time will be merry and the task  quicker to get done. When all the decorations are down, put them in clear plastic storage containers in a safe, weather proof attic, basement, garage, under the stairs or in your storage unit. Make certain to keep them all together so you don’t have to go scurrying around looking for all the bits and pieces.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday 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.

Putting Christmas Away