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

Organize Rescue quoted in “Is Your Home Suffering From Wall Clutter?

Posted on January 7, 2015 by Christelle

Clutter can happen in any (and every) corner of your home. The most obvious places where it builds up are drawers, closets, garages and pretty much any other place considered a storage space.

But one big space cluttering your home may be less obvious.

Your walls.

Yes, your walls. Maybe you’ve acclimated to it. Maybe you’re choosing to ignore it. Either way, the vertical space in your home could be overrun and taking away from a more sleek appearance your living space could have.

Family photos, artwork, shelving, diplomas and wall accents can tend to pile up over the years, especially ones with sentimental value, and the hanging items could be giving your house a disorderly appearance.

Create a fresh and clean environment without giving up all of your treasures using these tips from professional organizers.

Go Big

Do you have dozens of 4×6 photos framed or a collection of tiny trinkets hung throughout your house? Though you may be able to treasure dozens of moments at once, those tiny treasures could be giving your home a messy look.

“When it comes to hanging things on walls many times less is more. Instead of lots of smaller family pictures, you can have a few of your favorites blown up on canvas and hang them for greater impact,” says Dawn Falcone a professional organizer and interior designer.

It may be hard to say goodbye to each little image, but if you actually notice your photos more, it’s worth clearing the space and creating a more eye catching look.

Go Digital

If you simply can’t part with each of the photos decking your halls, there is another solution.

“One thing I like to do is to mount an electric photo frame so the pictures can flip on a regular basis and you have the white space around it to allow you to enjoy what you are viewing. If the person has the funds and poorer eyesight mounting a flat panel TV can do the same thing, with a much larger size,” says Maria Spetalnik of Conquer the Clutter.

Digital photo frames are an affordable solution that will allow you to actually display more photos with a cleaner look.

One of the most chaotic elements of hanging multiple frames is keeping them all straightened. With a digital photo frame, you only have one piece to keep level.

Go Zoned

Sometimes the problem is the wall itself. You may have great items to hang, but are struggling with how and where to hang them. Angelica Holiday of Organize Rescue recommends a zoned approach.

“A large wall can be very intimidating. Break it into zones to create 3 intimate spaces. Grids with repeating patterns are a way to graphically set your frames in order. On the other hand, use smaller images and group them together in a cozy layout. People will be drawn to each area as a work of art,” says Holiday.

Instead of thinking of each little piece as individuals, break your wall into zones and feature collections in the different areas.

Instead of cleaning out drawers and clearing off shelves, take your organizing to the walls. Find the beauty in your home by reducing the clutter among your hung items.

Organize Rescue quoted in “Is Your Home Suffering From Wall Clutter?

Organize Rescue quoted in “Clear and Create Space if You’re Hosting this Holiday.

Clear and Create Space if You’re Hosting this Holiday

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Christelle

Is everyone opening presents at your house? Are you responsible for cooking a festive feast? Don’t let the space in your home limit the amount of fun you can have. Make sure in-laws, friends and neighbors can join in your joyful occasion by clearing out the clutter in your home and opening your door to more people.

Work With What You Have

Instead of relocating your event to an expensive venue, make your space work for you. Whether you live in a small apartment or your living room feels overwhelmed by a tree and gifts, leverage an area by assessing these three points:

What items are essential to the party?

What items are not? What is the maximum number of people you can expect to host at once?

Does everyone need to be seated at the same time?

Should it stay or should it go?

While your coffee table may be a nice centerpiece to the room and pull your furniture together, it may not be crucial during a party. Furniture that serves more of a fashionable purpose than a functional need can be temporarily relocated to another room or pushed up against a wall to create more floor space.

“The main room of the party should look like an arena. All table surfaces and seating pushed to the perimeter. This makes for a great traffic area for people coming in and out of the room. Also, it allows for groups of people that know each other to congregate in small cuddles without having to navigate pieces of furniture,” says Angelica Holiday of Organize Rescue.

RSVPs Runneth Over

Are you worried that the number of people you are inviting will overwhelm your space? Some homes just aren’t big enough to accommodate everyone in your family, but should this mean you don’t get to host?

If you think your house has the potential of being overrun during the holidays, try stretching out your party and staggering the guests. Have your immediate family over for donuts and coffee in the morning then invite neighbors to your home for an early afternoon happy hour.

Try to keep what you’re serving simple so that cleaning up and rebooting is possible in between guests.

People, people everywhere, but not a place to sit.

Maybe your problem isn’t space so much as seating. Sure you can rent chairs and tables, but that can get expensive and reduce your traffic areas to almost nothing. Instead consider an informal meal that doesn’t require seating.

You can serve soup, sandwiches or other “one plate, one utensil” dishes. Your guests won’t mind standing or sitting on a couch with a delicious meal. They might even enjoy the relaxed opportunity to mingle and eat whenever they choose.

The holidays don’t have to be about finding the perfect place to put everyone. Just create a space that allows for everyone to be social and comfortable and your holiday event will be a hit.

Organize Rescue quoted in “Clear and Create Space if You’re Hosting this Holiday.