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Choosing Storage Methods That Work for You

Now that you understand the basic types of storage options available and why one method might be preferable to another for a particular item, it is time to choose the storage methods that are right for you and will work best in your garage to store your stuff. By determining this now, you will be better prepared to analyze the storage systems available in Chapter 4 and have a clearer idea of which products or system will best meet your requirements. You might just discover that you already have everything you need in your garage or home.

Table 3.2 contains a list of items typically stored in the garage. Columns are provided for you to indicate the method of storage you want to use for those items. Place an "X" in the appropriate column that corresponds to the way you intend to store a particular item in your garage. Refer to the garage plan you created in Chapter 1 to help you.

Do not worry about making the "wrong" decision. Remember, I told you earlier that there is no right or wrong decision. You simply need to create a system that works best for you. The storage method you choose for a particular item is not cast in stone at this point, but this process will help you assess your storage system requirements before you review the storage systems showcased in the next chapter.

Feel free to flip back to Table 3.1 for quick reference if you are having trouble deciding. Use the blank lines at the bottom to write in additional kinds of items you have that are not included in the table. You will use this table as your guide in determining the type of storage system you need. After you have decided how you will store each item, determine whether you already have the system to store the item or will need to buy it.

Table 3.2 Selecting Your Storage Method

Item Stored

Hang

Shelf

Drawer

Cabinet

Loft

Floor

Have

Need

Balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball bats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooms/mops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buckets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable, wire, rope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canoe/kayak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemicals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extension cords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing rods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folding chairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folding tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden hose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday decorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items with handles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawn chairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawn tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luggage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint cans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patio furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pesticides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plumbing supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weed trimmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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