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Garage Organization - Kick Starting Your New Years Project!

Posted by Chris Watkins on Friday, 11 Jan 2013 9:26 AM

I wanted to share an article from our friends up North.  Spacesolutions.ca, a fellow Redline Garage Gear dealer, in Toronto, Ontario had some great insights into garage organization and I wanted to share it with our readers.  customers redline garage cabinets resized 600Our own customers have tackled garage organization projects in the fall season and we often see that as a precursor to planning and organization into the New Year.  (i.e., stay tuned as we have some major garage makeovers getting ready to kickoff for the New Year).

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Following is spacesolutions.ca article.  Be sure to checkout the related links for ideas on your next project.

"Autumn is Garage Season too!

September 28, 2012

We often think of Spring as the time of year to focus on the Garage, as it’s when you start spending more time outside, and many of the things associated with the outdoors - gardening tools, sporting goods and bicycles - get stored in the Garage. Well, it follows then that as the weather cools, things start going away to nest for the winter (not to mention that soon it will be time to deal with snow shovels - yes, I know).  We’re working at the moment on a couple of garage projects that we hope to share with you all soon.

There was a great article that made the newspapers this week with some fantastic tips to help you get your garage ready for the seasonal change. Even before considering what sort of system may be best for you, it’s a great idea to sort and purge what’s in there - no sense in organizing something you don’t need to keep - and sorting and grouping your things will make it that much easier to plan your next step.

The full article is here. Here’s the recap of what to work on:

  • Prepare. Have a plan of attack. This may include working with a Professional Organizer.
  • Empty and Sort. Getting everything outside where you have more room to work will make it that much easier to determine what you have and what to do with it.
  • Purge. Do you really need that old tent with the holes in it?
  • Spruce it up. With your space mostly clear for the time being, now is the time to paint, fix the floor, lights, etc.
  • Build upward. Getting as much as possible off the floor and onto shelves, wall systems, in cabinets, etc, will give you that much more free space. Wouldn’t you like to be able to park your car in your garage?
  • Label Everything. If you’re putting everything in boxes, or behind doors, wouldn’t it be great to know where you put that hammer when you need it?
  • Maintain. Having the tools of organization is only useful to you if you actually use them. Designate homes for things, and be sure to house things where they go. It can be a challenge training you family to do so, but you’ll be glad you did!"

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Is Garage Organization a Good Investment?

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 6:45 PM
You’ve poked around the site, taken a good look at different flooring and cabinet options, maybe daydreamed about how you’d use the additional floor space in your organized garage. But you’re hesitant to contact Garage Themes. You’re thinking, “Okay, Garage Dude, I’ve seen what you can do. But you’ve got to be careful in today’s economy. Is organizing my garage really the best use of my money?”
Absolutely. And I’ll tell you why.
 
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  1. Less effort. Continually having to make temporary fixes here and there to keep your garage from falling apart is annoying and expensive. Garage Themes completely transforms your garage with high quality Redline storage cabinets, Liquid Concrete flooring, and wall storage systems that can take a beating and still look great. Once they’re installed, you won’t have to worry about them beyond the occasional wipe-down. You’ll be free to focus on the finer things in life: like designing the perfect man cave.
  2. Less stress. Cluttered garages aren’t just ugly, they can also be dangerous. You typically store things you don’t want in the house in the garage- heavy-duty power tools, poisonous or flammable liquids, muddy kids toys -and that’s fine. But when you collect all these items in one place without an organization system, you’re going to create safety hazards. Pulling your car out of an unorganized garage to go to work every morning is sure to leave your brain feeling equally unfocused and cluttered. “Those shelves are too full. What if one of them was to finally tip over? And those chemicals all over the floor, what if the dog were to get into that?” Investing in an optimally organized garage is investing in your family’s safety, and your peace of mind.  Stop worrying yourself with these troubling scenarios and call for a free consultation.
  3. More time. Still not convinced? Think of it this way: time is money. Once you’ve worked with Garage Themes to create space for all the stuff that’s been collecting in your garage (for tips on how to get rid of old junk you don’t need, check this post), all of your tools and equipment will be at your fingertips. Life is too short to spend hours trying to dig through cobwebs looking for your wrench set, or find your son’s long-lost baseball glove. Once your garage clutter finds a place either on a wall storage system or tucked away in a quality Redline storage cabinet, you can invest the time you used to spend looking for stuff, into actually doing things. Revive that long lost project you finally found the tools for, or use the extra garage space to work on the car. The possibilities are endless.
  4. Bragging rights. Here on the Garage Dude Blog, I don’t advocate the exercise in futility that is ‘keeping up with the Jones’… unless you’re the obvious winner. Your days of hiding your cluttered garage from your neighbors and family can be over. Invite friends over for an evening of cold beers and car maintenance, or enjoy lifting weights with your nephew in the new space. When you’ve worked with Garage Themes to optimally organize your garage, all you’ll want to do is show it off.

Have you or someone you know recently invested in garage reorganization? We want to hear about it! Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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3 Weekends to a Safer Garage Enhancement Project

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 5:30 AM
Yes, the Garage Dude Blog is a place for me to promote my products and services to you, fellow garage and home improvement enthusiasts. And not because I’m out to make a quick buck, but because I am convinced that the garage accessories, flooring, wall storage systems, and storage cabinets I offer are the best in the Northwest. But for this post I’m going to step down from my salesperson platform to provide you with some important information on garage safety.
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According to the Home Safety Council, 65 million US garages are in cluttered disarray.  That explains why many of the 21 million preventable household injuries Americans suffer each year happen in the garage. Here are some quick and easy things you can do to make your garage a safer place for you and your family.
  1. Get rid of junk. Grab a garbage bag and a large box, and head out to the garage. Garages are notorious junk magnets where stuff you don’t want in the house inevitably piles up. Be realistic with yourself, and aggressively comb through your garage deciding which things you should throw out, sell, or give away. The folks at Goodwill or popular exchange site Freecycle will happily accept any donated usable items. For goods you feel like selling, Craigslist allows you to list items on their website for free so people can contact you and pick things up at your convenience. Before junking all your garage clutter, be sure to check out these resources. Both your wallet and the environment could end up looking a little greener if you do.
  2. Divide your garage into ‘zones’. Think about how to best organize your garage into zones based on putting like items together (lawn and garden tools, kid things, auto supplies, chemicals). Even this basic organizational system will prevent pileups of random garage stuff, meaning you never trip over your wrench set and your kids don’t store toys on top of your table saw. Here are some ideas to get you started:
    1. Hang tools like shovels and rakes securely. This is safer than leaning them up against a wall, and frees up valuable floor space for larger items.
    2. Tightly screw on the lids of hazardous chemicals (pesticides, car fluids, paint and lacquer thinner, &c.) and store in a locker with doors. This will minimize fumes and potential spills, making the garage a safer place for everyone, especially pets and children.
    3. Put sporting goods and children’s toys in easy to reach bins on the floor, as far away from potentially dangerous tools and chemicals as possible. You can also utilize our wall storage systems, like storeWALL, to free up floor space by using baskets and hooks for your most needed items...
    4. Prevent shelf collapses by not over stacking. Be sure to put heavier items towards the bottom of the shelf, and lighter items on top. If your shelves still look too cluttered, think about creative storage alternatives, such as our Hyloft ceiling mounted overhead storage systems. 
  3. Garage Maintenance. Now that your garage is better organized than 90% of the population and usable again, you’ll want to keep it that way. In addition to purging junk and making sure your organizational zones hold up, check for and repair fraying extension cords, replace burnt-out light bulbs and test the smoke alarm. Make sure your tools are in good working order. With minimal care each month, you’ll reap the benefit of having a safe garage.

These are tips that you can easily- and should! –implement. Block out a Saturday or Sunday, and get your family to help. If you feel like your garage needs a more drastic overhaul, then consider scheduling Garage Themes for a free consultation. Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to be sure your garage is a safe space for you and your family.

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Dream Garages - Designing your Special Space!

Posted by Chris Watkins on Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010 3:59 PM

Building your dream garage should be a fun and simple process given the options available to homeowners today.  There are a multitude of garage flooring solutions, cabinets for garages and garage organization solutions.  Additionally, many garage storage accessories exist to ensure your space not only functions well, but looks good too!  garage mahal

Considering most homes built, within the last 20 years, have very limited storage spaces, the garage has become the dumping ground for many; the end result being that unsightly disorganized space.  Today, most homes have a two or three car garage, and among those garages, most have at least one, if not more, garage door openers.  Have you ever considered that you probably utilize the garage as the main entrance to your home?  Yet, did you have a busy day at the office only to come home, click the remote for your garage door opener and drive into a bland, dark and cluttered parking space?Retro Garage

Now imagine that same space, with adequate and safe lighting, storage cabinets and storage wall accessories such as bins, hooks and baskets.  Take that a step further with fresh paint, and garage

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accessories that help you style the space.  This can include everything from easy to clean floor coatings, to neon signs, sports memorabilia and more.  Ever thought about driving into your garage space that represents a 1950's or 60's theme, complete with custom designed garage flooring, retro gas pumps, and your favorite sports team colors.  You can even design a space to work on your favorite hobbies while hanging out with friends and family.

Don't let your garage be that boring space that looks like the neighbors, turn it into something fun and usable, while adding investment value to your home.

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