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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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Storage Cabinet Linear Foot Pricing Metric - Best Practice or Myth

Posted by Chris Watkins on Thursday, 20 May 2010 8:35 AM

Occasionally, customer prospects will ask me what is the linear footage cost for your cabinets?  Admittedly, that is a question I have always found difficult to answer - here is why.

Now I am not trying to tell customers cost isn't a valid question, but given that my company utilizes three different cabinet manufacturers and literally hundreds of cabinet configuration choices along with the fact that this particular question only deals with a very fundamental concern (i.e., project budget), the reality is the question completely avoids the customers storage need considerations altogether.

Think about that for a moment - of course cost for a solution is an important consideration, but I never approach my customers that way except to ask them have they considered a budget for their project.  I am most interested in helping my customers determine their garage storage and organization needs.  It is a given that if I can't match the customers needs to their budget goals, I will not get their business.  Does the customer need large storage pantry cabinets or lots of drawers and workbench space?  The price per lineal foot between these two examples will be considerable which is one reason I find the lineal footage metric not very useful. This is one reason our company has multiple options and cabinet manufacturers to help a client match their specific needs and budget goals.

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Why is all this important you ask, simple really.  Let's say a customer prospect asks me, how much is your average cost per lineal foot?  If I simply throw out a number like $180.00 per foot, I have done nothing to match that cost to the customers specific needs.  Potential customers may walk away from the call and I never hear from them again, which is unfortunate as our company most likely has the best system to meet both their storage needs and budget.  Customers that work with our company get free consultation to design a garage system that meets their needs.  I have worked with clients through 10 iterations of a design to make sure we have developed a garage system that is exactly what they want and need.  Although the consulting is offered free of charge, of course changes to the final garage system will influence the purchased price, which is one of my major concerns over using a metric like average linear footage to rough out a pricing structure for clients.  It's a misleading practice that doesn't produce the best result.

Customers that focus on their short and long-term garage storage needs while working with their garage vendor to find a good solution balanced to their project budget will gain the best storage system.

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