Garage Organization for Dummies

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Is this your garage? It doesn’t have to be.  All you really need to know are a few basic tricks about garage organization. So let’s get started.

The first thing that you need to do is get everything out of the garage.  That way, you’re not continuously shuffling the same stuff back and forth, hindering your progress. One really important note here is that while you’re moving the stuff outside, you have to ask yourself if you’ve used this stuff in the past year or so.  If you have, than that item is a “keeper”.  If not, then you have to decide if it is good enough to donate to a charitable organization or if it goes in the trash. The piles of items in the “donate” and “trash” will take care of themselves shortly, so don’t dwell on them. The “keepers” are going to take some more work.

One of the biggest challenges in organization is having the proper place to store your stuff. Hopefully, you have an organization system in the garage such as shelving, cabinets or overhead racks.  If not, you need to get something to put your stuff on.  If you don’t, then all you are going to do is bring it back in the garage and pile it on the floor.

Regardless of what type of system you use, start by deciding what items are long-term storage items and what is used on a regular basis.  The long-term items like seasonal decorations or that holiday punch bowl need to go up high and out of the way.  The other stuff you’ll want to keep within easy reach.

Now its time for some categorizing.  Separate items into logical groups such as sporting goods, yard tools, household items, automotive stuff, etc.  Now, find a home for each category in whatever storage system that you have at your disposal.  You might want to keep yard tool closest to the side door to your yard for easy access. Golf clubs might go closest to your overhead door so you can easily pop them in the trunk of your car.  And be sure to label your areas so you can put stuff back when your done.

Remember, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”.

If you need assistance in deciding which type of storage system is best for you, contact your local Monkey bars dealer for a free consultation. If you live in the North Valley Area of Phoenix, call 602-714-0033 for Monkey Bars of Phoenix.

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TOP 5 REASONS FOR HAVING AN ORGANIZED GARAGE IN PHOENIX

Phoenix.  The Valley of the Sun. 330 days of sunshine per year. Gorgeous weather from October through May, but it gets hot in the summer. Blazing hot. Fry an egg on the sidewalk hot.  And yes, its a dry heat.

Which brings us to reason #1 – To protect your investment.  For most folks, your cars are most likely the second biggest investment you make after your home. That being said, why leave them outside the garage, slowly baking in the brutal Arizona sun?  Your paint fades, tires dry out while the interior gets hot enough to bake a souffle. If you’re lucky enough to be able to get your car(s) in the garage along with your piles of “stuff”, you run the risk of dents or scratches due to overcrowding.  Why risk it?

#2 – A safer environment.  Lets face it, stuff laying around your garage floor is an accident waiting to happen.  Rakes, brooms, plastic bins, golf clubs and bicycles can become quite a tripping hazard. And all those bins and boxes are a perfect hiding spot for the creepy critters that live in the desert like spiders and scorpions. Eliminate the hiding places and you eliminate the bugs.

#3 – Easier to keep clean. When everything is organized and off the floor, clean-up is a breeze.  A quick pass with either the broom or leaf blower and you’re done!  No moving stuff out of the way.

#4 – Finding what you need is simpleOnce your garage is organized, you can easily find what you need, since everything has a place.  Long term storage items up high and out of the way, while the things that you use more often are within reach.  And be sure to group things together like sports equipment, yard tools, household items and automotive things.

#5 – You’ll be proud of your garage. The garage is arguably one of the largest spaces in your home.  And it’s certainly one of the most visible, due to those giant doors. Why not take pride in it?

Be sure to give Monkey Bars of Phoenix a call at 602-714-0033 to schedule your free consultation and estimate.