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Top 5 Garage Organization Tips

Top 5 Garage Organization Tips

So your wife is yelling at you that there is no space in the garage to park her car? We have all been there. The US Department of Energy says that one-fourth of homeowners in the United States who have two-car garages don’t have space to park their cars in the garage.

Once things start piling up in the garage, sorting them and making space seems like a task, especially if you have to sacrifice your weekend doing so.

We have shared below 5 top garage organization tips to help you organize your garage better and create space in it.

1. Make a plan

If we go traveling somewhere, the first thing that we do is we make a plan. If we go shopping, we generally make a shopping list. Organizing your garage should get the same treatment. Make a plan. Create a list of the items that you have in your garage and how you want to organize it. Allocate different days in the month to tackle one small step or type of item at a time. This will help you to reduce overwhelm and get the task done easily.

2. Focus on increasing storage

There are many ways to increase the storage area of your garage. We try to fill up everything in the existing floor space. A simple way to increase the space in your garage is to use the walls. You can set up shelves, hooks, and panels around your wall so that you can easily store your things on the wall rather than on the floor. You can use this DIY overhead garage storage pulley system resource to create space on the walls and store your things.

3. Make an inventory

When you make an inventory of all the things that are there in your garage, you can organize them more efficiently. You can discard the things that you don’t want or need. You can store the things that you use rarely in an overhead storage system. You can hang things that you use frequently on your wall or the door. You can even have a garage sale of the things you don’t need and make some money.

4. Designate spaces for kids toys or bikes

Sometimes, the issue is not with your things but rather with the toys or bikes of your kids. Kids generally don’t keep things in place, especially if they are late for dinner after a bike ride. Designate a parking spot for your kid’s bikes. You can either use bike hooks or activity organizers to get the bikes off the floor and on the walls.

5. Space of shoes and coats

Shoes and coats bring in dirt and mud when you drive in or walk into your garage. It makes sense to keep a designated space to remove shoes or coats when you enter the garage. This makes the garage cleaner and easier to maintain. You can also consider buying a small and compact vacuum cleaner to quickly clean up any dirt.

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About Steve Wells

Steve Wells is a garage enthusiast and writes at Garage Gear Guide. He loves to tinker with stuff in his garage and has a quest for DIY activities.

Plan Today For A Safer Tomorrow

Plan Today For A Safer Tomorrow

None of us really wants to think about it, but protecting yourself and your family in the event of a tragedy or illness is a practical and necessary step to take now. When you’re going through a difficult time the last thing you need to think about is paperwork or finding those documents. Getting your house in order today will save on additional heartbreak tomorrow.

We look at some practical tips you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones are well prepared should the worst happen.

Get organized

Step one is getting your current files together in an obvious place to save on time and frustrations later down the track. If you have a stack of life insurance documents then save them in one place, clearly labeled and in a logical order. Do the same with any Wills or house deeds that might come in useful.

If you’re uncomfortable leaving them out in an unprotected space then place them in lockable storage but be sure to let loved ones know where the keys are. To really beef up their security, consider electronically scanning them and adding them to your computer, backed up of course on to an external source such as cloud storage. Like the keys, make sure your family is able to access the relevant passwords and knows where on your computer they’ll be able to find the files when needed.

A gentle reminder at this point: if you haven’t got around to making a Will and let’s be honest a great many people don’t, then now’s the time to have a chat with a legal advisor on how to get this remedied. Your next of kin might be obvious but a Will serves to take away any doubt or worry from your loved ones at what you intended to do with your money or property.

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Get advice

If you’re facing other tough times in your life then the best thing you can do is share the burden and not try and shoulder the problem alone.

When your relationship looks like it might be unraveling and you’re not sure where you stand legally on your property or entitlement to income, rather than stress about it get in touch with a divorce lawyer. You’re not committing yourself to any course of action with a consultation, just figuring out what you’re entitled to and where you stand in case the relationship can’t be patched up and both parties decide to part ways.

Your partner too will benefit from having this knowledge in order to make, what is often a very painful process, as straightforward as possible.

As mentioned previously, consult a lawyer to get your Will in good shape while you’re thinking about any possible divorce proceedings.

If you’re going through an illness or accident, then take some time to find out what, if any, compensation or insurance payouts you might be entitled to.

Too many of us assume we won’t be entitled to anything, only to miss out on a cash injection when we need it most.

If you are someone who runs their own business then look into cover that will continue to pay you an income if you’re unable to work for a period of time. Make sure that you fully understand the terms of any legal paperwork you sign and if necessary have a lawyer or financial advisor run over the small print with you, so you know what you’re signing up for.

Get ready

When you’re planning for your retirement, consider what you’ll need financially to make this time of your life comfortable and free from any worries. You might need to consider selling your home to pay for more suitable accommodation or feel like you’d want to give your children their inheritance ahead of time. Talk to a financial adviser and planner about how that works for you.

Planning for the worst might feel like you’re tempting fate but with some solid strategies in place, neither you nor your family will have to take on any more stress than is necessary.

Give yourself some peace of mind by getting organized today. Don’t be afraid to talk to friends and family about the plans you’ve made, letting them know where they can find those important documents. Seek advice from the professionals when you need to, rather than just leaving it and hoping for the best. Get those plans sorted out today and live life to the full tomorrow.

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Dealing with a Small Space the Best Way Possible

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

Dealing with a Small Space the Best Way Possible

Even the wealthiest people have to deal with small spaces at some point in their life – not every room in the manor is huge (well, this might not be completely true). Making the most out of small spaces goes beyond mere functionality, albeit this might be the most important aspect of it. A properly made up room is always pleasant to look at and be in, which means a great deal in terms of mood and productivity.

Decluttering

image-1-3This step is definitely the most important one – you cannot really have a properly organized space if it is cluttered in any way. Approaching decluttering, regardless of how easy it might sound, often turns out to be tricky – there are probably many items in there that you’ll think twice (or more) about throwing away. In order to clear up the room of unnecessary stuff, you’ll need to detach yourself from these objects – they are objects, after all and you can’t be sentimental about all of them. The best way to approach ridding yourself of clutter is by designating items that truly are of sentimental value to you – you need to do this on your own, whilst being objective. Secondly, think about items that you haven’t used in more than a year – unless it’s equipment for emergency, chances are that you won’t be needing these. Items that you have deemed unnecessary, but too valuable to throw away are best put aside.

Sell the Unused

The items you’ve put aside can probably be sold or given away. Think about your friends and family here – could any of your close ones make use from these items? If the answer is ‘yes’, then start handing out the presents. The remaining unused stuff should be sold. Think about websites such as eBay and Amazon and put the stuff up for sale as soon as possible – it might take some time for offers to start popping up. When you realize you’ve rid yourself of the clutter, proceed to the next step.

Organize Properly

image-3-3I know that you’d like a large wardrobe and that wall shelves might not be to your liking. But you are dealing with a small amount of space here – you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that you are making the most out of a room, not making it into something that it isn’t. Naturally, you always have the option of tearing down the walls, but instead of doing this, think about adding another door to the small space in question. Doors Sydney have many convenient solutions that won’t compromise your idea of a small room. In any case, make sure that you realize that you won’t be able to disregard the wall shelves and other items, convenient for small spaces.

Light

image-8Light plays a key role in any part of your house – it can seriously affect your mood, productivity and make a room appear larger (or smaller, if not properly supplied). Windows big enough for daytime are crucial in order for your small area to appear larger, but if there is no room for windows on your walls, a quality skylight will do the trick. When it comes to nighttime, you’ll have to opt for proper lighting. Placing mirrors in the target room will help scatter the light everywhere, but without quality LED lights, these reflections won’t do you much good. LED lights do tend to be more expensive than your regular lighting, but pay off in the long run and are great for the environment!

image-4-2Making the most of a small space might be a arduous task for your weekends, but putting a small space in order will help you get an extra room, to working at home, study or simply make it the place where your enjoy your hobby.

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5 Health Concerns Related Organization Procrastination. By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

5 Health Concerns Related Organization Procrastination
By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

Have you put off the spring cleaning of your garage or re-organizing your office or dorm room for a while? Are more enjoyable things distracting or pulling you from doing the more important things? If your answer is yes, you might be suffering from procrastination; and you are not alone. Procrastination is the voice in your head that’s telling you to do more pleasurable things instead of the more urgent and less pleasurable ones. Most people are guilty of procrastination at some point and in some level, but if it goes on for a while, it may begin to affect your health.

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Young woman loaded with cleaning supplies — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

5 Procrastination Health Concerns

1. Increase your stress level

Stress is probably one of the major negative health effects of procrastination. Putting aside the important issues, such as reorganizing your home or office, and concentrating on the less important issues may give you a temporary relief but on the long run your subconscious mind will suffer the consequences. If the issue is not corrected, it can lead to a dangerous spiral and further delaying it will only worsen the stress response.

2. Negative impacts on your overall health

The direct health impact of procrastination is often via stress response that causes changes in your immune function, which in turn negatively impacts your health. For example, a study looking at procrastinating students found that procrastination lead to compromised immune system, which in turn made the students more prone to colds and flu, gastrointestinal problems, and insomnia. Stress has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

3. More prone to accidents.

Organizational procrastination may lead to worsened or even dangerous work and/or living conditions. Eluding proper hygiene or safe work conditions due to procrastination can cause accidents. This is especially true for people who work in accident-prone environments (construction, workshop) or use dangerous tools (welder, chainsaw)—in these circumstances working in an unorganized, cluttered space can be unsafe and lead to serious accidents.

4. Depression

Working in an environment that is cluttered and unorganized is not only unsafe but can also reduce your motivation and work speed. This can cause guilt and anxiety, which in time can lead to depression, fatigue, and other mental health problems. When you put things off too long, you may start to find even pleasurable things to be cumbersome. As depression worsens, your body will feel fatigued and accomplishing even easier tasks may feel unbearable.

5. Becoming less health-conscious

The indirect health impact of procrastination results from stress, depression and fatigue. When your procrastination has been going on for a while you may find yourself delaying health-protective behaviors (such as healthy eating and regular exercise) and instead you are finding yourself promoting unhealthy behaviors (such as eating junk food, being a couch potato, delaying health check-ups with your doctor). In order to resolve these indirect consequences, you need to fix the underlying issue causing the procrastination, such as reorganizing or cleaning your home or office.
Procrastination is largely due to our internal struggle with self-control and our tendency to seek pleasure rather than the un-enjoyable things. Undertaking multiple unpleasing tasks or a large project all at once, may seem intimidating and eventually lead to procrastination. To prevent and/or stop this behavior, make a plan to do the task in small, well-defined parts instead of tackling it all at once. If re-organizing an entire storage facility or a room seems intimidating, start by organizing a small section of it. In between, give yourself time to do the more enjoyable activities to keep you motivated and, most importantly, healthy.

About the Author
Jennifer Caughey is a freelance content writer in Toronto, Ontario, who specializes in anything having to do with the home and health. Jennifer believes that a clean home can lead to better overall health. She has a background in Nursing and has been writing on health/home related topic over the last several years. When she isn’t writing she is trying to find new, inventive ways to live healthier, through meal planning, exercise and fun family activities with her daughter.

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