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4 Under-Utilized Areas of the Garage

 

This week’s post is about products you can install in your garage. But remember, the first step is to decide what you are keeping. You won’t know what storage you will need until you have made some decisions.  Start with a big sort and purge.

Thank you to guest writer Kenady Ghent from Monkey Bar Storage for her ideas and inspiration!

Is there ever enough space in the garage? Garages are the repositories for tools, sporting equipment, bikes, gas cans, lawn mowers, christmas decor and miscellaneous clutter. How are we expected to park our vehicles in there? If you never have a sufficient amount of space it could be because you aren’t utilizing valuable areas of the garage. Check out this list of the garage’s 4 most underutilized storage spaces.

Ceiling: Homeowners often overlook the ceiling as available storage space.  Overhead storage racks are perfect for storing rarely-used and seasonal items. Items are overhead and out of the way while relatively easy to access when you need them. Not to worry, these shelves have a 750 lb weight capacity, so your family and car are safe underneath.

Garage-Ceiling-Storage

Walls: Get your things off the floor and hung neatly on the wall. Products like garage cabinets and  shelving store your belongings in ⅓ of the space they used to take up. If your space is small and limited install shelving over doors and windows.

Garage Upper Shelves

Garage Wall Cabinets

Storage Products: Even your storage products can be optimized. Purchase garage shelving that has layering capabilities, that way you can store 3x more on the same shelving unit. You can even add accessories like bike hooks and sports ball bags to shelving for those items that are more difficult to store efficiently. Also, adding drawers inside garage cabinets can maximize that storage space.

Garage Wall Rack

Adjacent to the Door: The open space next to the door that leads into the house is perfect for a mini mudroom. Creating this command center prevents clutter like shoes, backpacks, jackets and keys from entering your home. Just add hooks, a shoe rack and a trashcan for wrappers and loose paper.

Garage Mud Room

Are you taking advantage of these underutilized spaces in the garage? After you’ve maximized your space, you’ll have room for the items you’ve been keeping in that storage unit and can get rid of the monthly storage unit bill. There is money in your unused garage space! With the money you save you can invest in a  garage flooring alternative that is both functional and beautiful.

For questions about garage organization solutions, visit: http://garagestoragesanfrancisco.com/.

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Organized Camping

Campfire

Spend more time enjoying your campfire, less time dealing with stuff!

Both of us have just returned from our final summer camping trips. We each had a blast being in nature, seeing a sky full of stars and breathing in fresh air. We’d like to share what we’ve learned about packing to make it easy for you to get away at your next opportunity.

Things to do in advance

Reservations: California State Park system opens up reservations 7 months in advance…plan ahead to get your ideal spot. That means if you’re thinking of camping in June next summer, go online to Reserve America to reserve your sites on the first of December.

Packing:

  • Create a checklist that you can use year after year
  • Toiletries-  it’s helpful even if redundant to have some of these pre-packed so you’re ready to go without too much effort
  • Pre-pack tubs or bins of kitchen supplies, general utility items, and fun activities (games/toys). Keep the bins packed year-round so they’re ready to go

    Any bin will do. One that is pliable can take some bumping around.

    Any bin will do. One that is pliable can take some bumping around.

While you’re there

  • Setting up camp – just like you would organize at home, set up zones so everyone knows where to find their needed items. Designate areas for important things like your flashlight, warm hat, sunscreen, maps
  • Set up a kitchen area where you can concentrate your cooking tools, trash, clothesline
  • Create a dedicated container for important items like keys, glasses, passes, etc.

    Here's a handy pouch for containing important travel items

    Here’s a handy pouch for containing important travel items

When you get home

Even though you’re tired, take the extra effort to:

  • Clean things out, wipe things down
  • Restock your bins
  • Put things back in order so you’re ready to go next time

Preparation paves the way for a relaxing and fun outing you can look forward to and make happen efficiently. The silver lining of pre-preparing for camping is you’ll also have some preparations in place in case of an emergency!

Contact us if you’d like us to send you our camping checklists!

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