That's My Garage!

May 10, 2011

10 Ways to Stretch Space to Improve Home Organization

From one of my favorite blogs. – http://diyorganization.com/category/home-organization/

When it comes to home organization, it takes two things to make it happen:  1)  Decrease the amount of stuff that you have.  2)  Increase your storage space.  Sometimes you have to be a little bit creative when it comes to stretching your space, look up, look down, look all around!  If you need a little bit of help, here are 10 ways to stretch your space:

1)  Look up and use the ceiling such as with this great overhead storage unit for the garage.  Stuff over, car under.

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2)  Use hooks on the wall to maximize storage.  Great for garden tools like shovels & rakes in the garage!

3)  Use available space under your bed.  A storage container with wheels and tight fitting lid is ideal.

4)  Use wall space, walls are a blank canvas waiting for shelves & hooks!

5)  Use organizing products. The options abound!

6)  Use wall racks to increase storage-especially great in garages!

7)  Look for overlooked areas that you can use for storage:  washing-machine-wire-shelf-amazon1

8)  Use doors-another blank canvas waiting for hooks.  You can even purchase hooks that just slide over the top of the door.  No nails, no holes but a place for your towels or robes!

9) Take advantage of height or stacking.

stackable-shoe-shelf110) Part with some of your stuff-send it off to another room or even off to another person or charity!

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Make decisions on what to keep, let go of the excess and then use any or all of these tips to stretch the space that you do have!

May 4, 2011

Garage Flooring

There are all kinds of solutions to the Garage Floor, but the most versatile and inexpensive solution is tiles for the floor.  The leader in the industry is Race Deck, outfitting thousands of garages with colorful patterns and designs.  Knock off products have come on the market and while they are not as thick and rigid as Race Deck they have plenty of strength for a residential garage. There are several advantages of tile flooring over epoxy or painted floors. For starters you can always take the tiles with you if you were to move.  If you are a renter and do not want to pay for the owner to have an epoxy floor, tiles are a perfect solution.  Next, if you ever have a damaged tile, just pop it out and put a new one in, approximately a 5 minute job!  Third, no toxic fumes or smells.  Finally, you can have the floor completed and ready to park on the same day. If you are feeling a bit creative go ahead and have some custom tiles made with any graphic you can find.  For a few more dollars you can have your face on the garage floor!!  If you are looking for inexpensive flooring at less than $2 sq/ft see the guys at DIY Garage Storage http://www.diygaragestorage.com/category.php?catid=b02c8ff3828bce3d57a53169f74ad846

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