How to Maximize Your Garage Space
Your garage can do a lot more than store a car or odds-and-ends you aren’t sure where to put. Try these tips for reorganizing your space and increasing your garage storage.
Use Your Walls
Garages have plenty of wall space—so use it to your advantage! Try installing shelving units for tools and knickknacks, while hanging larger items like garden tools and bicycles on hooks. Installing a pegboard is another great use of wall space. These boards are ideal for organizing tools and cords, because your items are easily accessible, untangled and visible. By neatly storing items on your wall, you can maximize your organization and your floor’s square footage.
One of the biggest storage spaces in your garage isn’t on the floor; it’s on the ceiling. By using sturdy overhead racks and rafters, you can potentially double your storage without using unnecessary floor space. Ceiling storage is great for boxes, luggage and less frequently used items that you need to keep, but don’t need to pull out often.
Open Mystery Boxes
Be sure you know what’s in each of your storage boxes. By seeing what they really contain, you might be able to consolidate items, or better yet, some boxes could even be thrown out. But prepare for the next time you de-clutter and remember to label each of your boxes clearly and visibly before returning them to storage.
You won’t want to store items out in the open that could be toxic to children or pets, so consider using cabinets to keep harmful materials out of sight. Not only will they help you keep your loved ones safe, they can keep some messy looking items hidden from view, like bundles of cords or jars of nails.
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DIY Cleaning Supplies
You don’t have to buy expensive and often toxic cleaning supplies from your grocery store. By using what you already have in your kitchen, or by purchasing a few new items, you can make your own green cleaning kit.
The 3 P’s for Yard Sale Success
With the right tricks, you can turn your yard sale from a last-minute idea into an all-out success! Before the date arrives, try these three tips to plan for a profitable sale.
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