By Garage Shapeups Blog Guest Author: Brain Kreston
If a home were a book, an electric garage door would be a quiet and insignificant character - barely noticed day to day as it obediently responds to demands.
This might be the case in most homes, but not one in which both a teenager and a senior citizen are learning to drive at the same time. In this case, an electric garage door can become an object to outfox for the youngster and a source of trepidation for the "oldster" - and an object for both to misjudge and miscalculate.
Life has rarely been routine since my daughter and mother decided it would be "cool" to go through driver's education together. As they bond over studying the rules of the road - and I add up the damage to my garage door from their assorted mishaps - I've laid down what might be called the "Rules of the Garage."
Some of these safety tips are born from experience; others were provided by one of the few garage door companies that care about its customers' safety. Collectively, they have become a new family mantra, recited quickly before one of them - the main characters in our daily family drama - even thinks about grabbing the car keys:
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Getting garage shelving could be the answer to many chaotic, stuffed and unorganized garages. As a bonus, your car can now park in the garage, as intended. Even people who already have their cars in their garage can probably benefit from more storage.
The benefits of ceiling mounted garage shelving are that you can take your shelving as high (and as wide) as you want and still have garage room below. Shelving can hold bins of things like tools, light bulbs, seasonal clothing and shoes and extra linens. Below, you can store bicycles, scooters, push mowers and anything else that is better off left on the ground.
Freestanding garage shelving is an excellent choice because it can be moved around with ease. Fill them up as is, arrange them with bins and hang things on the sides with S-hooks. If you realize you need that area for something else, say a deep freezer, simply roll or slide the unit to a new spot.
Shelving in the garage can be used for many things such as holiday items, camping gear, normal garage detritus, sport equipment and gardening supplies. Why take up valuable house space with holiday decorations when they can have their own spot in the garage? Store decorations in clear bins, hang wreaths on S-hooks and store wrapping paper until it is needed. All the items will be safe and you will always know where they are. (No more looking for those holiday cards bought in last year's clearance sale.)
Many people store camping gear in a corner of the garage, an outdoor shed, in the attic or underneath the house. None of these options is ideal and most of them make retrieving the gear a hassle. Garage shelving is perfect for bulky or heavy items such as tents, propane camping stoves, camping chairs and sleeping bags. When it comes to packing up for a camping trip there is only one place to look, the camping shelf.
All the normal stuff people tend to keep in their garages can take up a lot of space. Things such as paint cans, recycling containers and tools can now have a home. Bulk grocery items such as canned goods and paper products can also have a specific place to go. Sports equipment like hockey sticks, skateboards and baseball paraphernalia can now be placed in bins, hung on the side or placed directly on the shelf.
Gardeners will also appreciate a place for everything. A shelving unit can hold empty pots and seeds and hooks can hold trowels, spades and even a coiled up garden hose. The bottom shelf is a great place for large bags of topsoil.
Arranging things and getting rid of clutter leads to an easier life. If everything has a place then there will be no more time wasted searching for items, plus your garage will be efficient and look good as well. Garage shelving makes all this possible and might even (hopefully) leave room for the car.
Any garage can certainly use an ample supply of garage shelving because garages in general are a magnet for physical items that have no immediate home elsewhere. Many individuals that work extensively with organizing garage spaces recommend metal shelving since it is much more durable and can support a greater amount of weight.
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The author of this page is Nick Dixon, owner of Garage Shapeups and Lifetime Epoxy Floors.