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Often the largest catch-all spaces in your home, the tips collected here will help you clear them out and use them for other purposes.

January 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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When was the last time you could actually park your car in the space you call a garage? For many of us, the garage is a cavernous catch-all that's easy to forget until we actually need the space for a car or two. If it's time for you to get your garage organized - finally! - consider these tips and resources:


1. Start by deciding what to discard, and then do it. This may be the most difficult part of the job, but it must be done first. Your temptation will be to buy containers and install shelves for everything currently in your garage. Resist this temptation by sorting through everything and discarding items you no longer need or use. You'll save money and create more space as a result of your effort.


2. Decide what categories of items you want to store in your garage, and remove everything that does not fit one of the categories. For example, you may decide on tools, garden supplies and equipment, and car maintenance items. If you find sports equipment and pet supplies, remove them to be stored elsewhere.


3. If you make it this far in your garage organization project, you have completed the most difficult and time-consuming tasks already - congratulate yourself! Now you're ready to look at your garage space and consider what storage solutions will suit you best. Whatever you choose, check carefully for the maximum weight shelves are designed to hold, and select sturdy plastic or rubber bins with lids that fit snugly. Do not use cardboard boxes, as they deteriorate in moist environments, and it's easy for bugs to find their way inside.


4. Install shelving, hooks and brackets in your garage at a manageable height for the people - adults and children - who will use them. Hard-to-reach storage should be reserved for seldom-used or seasonal items. Consider creating a "loft" system above the garage door or along the top of the walls for these items.


5. If you store poisonous products like lawn and garden pesticides, automotive fluids, paints, or other dangerous chemicals in your garage, assure that they are clearly labeled, and store them in a cabinet that locks.


6. Large, awkward, or potentially dangerous items should be stored away from high-traffic areas. Use brackets and hooks to hang items like bicycles, garden tools, and some shop tools. Store heavy, bulky items on low shelves for easy access.


7. If you are changing the floor of your garage, find a solution that resists oil and other stains and is easy to clean.


8. Make the day you park your car in your newly organized garage space an event - the more people who see and enjoy the result of your work, the better the chance it will stay organized!

March 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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For many people, the basement is either a catch-all for all the things we aren’t using around the living areas of the house, or it’s another part of our home’s living space, intended to use every day for sleeping, eating, and playing.


To be successful organizing your basement, first pick a purpose for its use, then get started organizing it to satisfy one of these two purposes.


BASEMENT AS STORAGE AREA


If your basement is a mess, and you simply want to get it organized as a storage area so you can find items you need, watch the video showing six quick-and-easy steps to get it done:

1. Set up three boxes: Garbage, Donations, and “I’ll think about it later.”


2. Sort through everything in your basement, and be ruthless with your possessions. The worst that could happen is that you get rid of something that you buy again later.


3. Take everything you are keeping, and decide how and where to store it in your basement. If you have sorted well, you will find that you now have plenty of space to store everything.


4. If needed, install shelving to store household supplies, and use milk crates or clear plastic bins to keep like items together. Label everything so that it is easy to find. Basements always run the risk of flooding, so invest in waterproof plastic bins to protect your possessions from moisture.


5. Install pegboard and hooks on which to hang tools cooking utensils, toys, and other items you want to find quickly and easily. Don’t store anything in your basement that may be damaged by moisture: books, photos, good wood furniture, and fabrics.


6. Throw out the items in your Garbage box, and give away the items in your Donations box. Store the “I’ll think about it later” box in a place where you can find it to make decisions at another time.


BASEMENT AS LIVING SPACE


If you want a basement makeover, using your space for more than just storage, visit HGTV for inspiration:


• Read about a basement transformation from “dreary to dreamy.”

• See a slideshow that illustrates how you can create “basement space for everyone.”

• See Rate My Space for photos and ideas from HGTV viewers.

March 21, 2010 at 5:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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