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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.

Do It Yourself: Basic Carpentry Skills All Homeowners Need

Do It Yourself: Basic Carpentry Skills All Homeowners Need

There is one skillset that lots of homeowners wish they had. And that is basic carpentry skills! No matter what type of home project or DIY task you decide to have a go at, you will no doubt be faced with working with wood at some point sooner or later. Rather than hiring a professional carpenter to sort all this out for you, why don’t you learn the tricks of the trade yourself? This will work out a lot cheaper than paying someone else to do the job for you! So which carpentry skills are the most important when it comes to doing small jobs around the house? Here are some of the basics that you need to know.

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Plan Ahead

Before you get going with your next DIY job, it is very important that you take some time before you get started to plan everything you need to do. You should write down the tools you will need, and the materials that you will have to buy. It is also worth trying to sketch your ideas down as well. This can help you to see whether your ideas will work and are practical. If your sketch doesn’t look too promising, now is the time to rethink all your ideas and plans. It’s much better to rethink your plans now rather than to get started and waste a lot of materials by going ahead with poorly thought out plans.

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Measuring

You may think that all the skill of carpentry is in putting together pieces of wood, and giving them a nice finish so that the whole project looks professional. However, full-time carpenters know that that isn’t the case. They know that the key to doing a fantastic job is getting the measuring just right. After all, if you miscalculate your measurements by a few centimeters, you will end up not being able to put all the pieces together correctly. And your project will be very likely to fail! Before you start work, make sure you have a lockable and retractable tape measure. This is a carpenter’s most important tool! It will help you measure accurately and efficiently. One good tip is to use the same measurer for the whole job. This way, there is no chance you will be foiled by tape measurers that show slightly different readings.

Marking

OK, so you have measured all your wood at least twice. Now you need to mark it so that you cut it correctly. When you are measuring, make sure you mark where you need to cut with a pencil. Rather than just dotting a little spot on the wood, use a ruler to turn the small dot into a straight line that crosses the whole of the wood. You can then follow this whole line with your saw rather than simply cutting straight from the dot and hoping you are going straight!

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Get The Right Tools

I’ve already touched upon the fact that it is very important to get the right tape measure for your projects. And that goes for all the tools you use for your home maintenance and DIY jobs. No matter whether you need a new saw, some hot melt glue sticks, or some paint, you should try and invest as much money into them as you can. That way, you know you will be happy in the knowledge that you have some really top-quality tools. The tools you use are extremely important, and using the best you can buy will make a big difference compared to cheap tools. They will be able to go a fantastic job, one that looks like a professional did it for you!

Practice Certain Skills Beforehand

It’s a good idea to practice some skills before you launch straight into your project. Otherwise, if your skills aren’t too up to scratch, this could be very noticeable, and your project might look quite amateurish. So, as you can see, it is well worth spending some time to practice as many skills as you can. One key skill that many people aren’t too hot with is hammering and nailing. Take an old piece of wood, your hammer, and some nails. Make sure you keep on practicing until you are able to hammer nails in that are straight and look very neat.

You will certainly find that doing all your own home improvements and DIY jobs are very rewarding and things that will make you feel incredibly proud. So what are you waiting for? Time to get to work!

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The Basic Do’s And Don’ts Of DIY

The Basic Do’s And Don’ts Of DIY

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When you first consider sprucing up your home, it can be an exciting task. Then, when you get into the details of it all, the things that need doing and how they need to be done, it can all of a sudden seem overwhelming. Not only do you need to figure out what you’re doing, but you need to make sure that you’re doing everything right. Aside from simple maintenance tasks that you can get done around the house, the process of DIY can be quite tricky. So, learn the basic principles of what you should be doing and what you definitely should not be doing, and you’ll start off on the right foot.

Do Read Up

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is do a bit of research. Whether you’re painting an entire room, putting up shelving or even converting a significant part of your house, you’re going to want to know exactly what you’re doing. If you’ve never painted a room before, then it’s important that you know what the process involves. You might find that reading instructions online, or even watching a YouTube video will prepare you.

Do Use The Right Tools

Once you know a little bit more about the task at hand, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re ready for the job. You might know exactly what you need to do now, but you’re still going to need the right tools to get it done. So, it’s time to purchase or hire some new tools. You might want to see some of them demonstrated first, or even read reviews, just to make sure you’re buying the right piece of equipment for the job, and that you know how to use it.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

At this stage, you might start to feel like you’ve gotten yourself in too deep. But there’s no need; you’re doing well. Not only do you know more about DIY now that you ever have, but you also know what tools you need and how to use them. As long as you take your time and get through each stage slowly, you’re going to be fine. And remember, only take on what you can handle. DIY is meant to make your life easier, not harder.

Don’t Stray From Plan

Now you need a plan. You might have already formulated something when you started your research, but if you’ve not thought that far ahead yet, now’s the time. You need to know exactly what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. Whether it is the steps in putting up shelving or to redecorate an entire room. Then, you’re going to want to stick to it. It might seem easier to stray, but the plan is in place for a reason!

Do Have A Budget

And finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you not only have a budget but that you can stay within it too. There are some many great ‘DIY on a budget‘ options to choose from too. So you can even save money while doing a job that you know needs to get done.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.