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Organize Your Garage In No Time


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  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3219-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3219-4

Remember when you were so excited about your garage? You thought about how great it would be to be able to keep your car in there, away from the elements outside. Now, you're lucky if you can find a clear path for to walk through it, much less get your car inside. You want to get organized, but when you look at how much there is to find a home for, you get discouraged. Now you have help. Organize Your Garage In No Time provides step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow to-do lists to help you get and stay organized. You will learn how to arrange a garage based on use and budget. You'll even get specific product recommendations to help design the perfect storage solution using shelving, cabinets, peg hooks, wall and rafter hangers. Go from clutter and confusion to having a home for everything in your garage, including your car, using Organize Your Garage In No Time.

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Organize Your Garage in No Time: Reviewing Storage Options

Reviewing Storage Options

Table of Contents



1. Where Do I Begin?

    Analyzing Your Needs

      Are You Storing from Necessity or from Habit?

      Weathering the Elements

    Determining Your Objective

      Inventorying Your Garage Contents

      Determining Whether Your Goal Is Realistic

    Deciding What Stays and What Goes

      Satisfying Everybody’s Needs

      Paring Down Your List of Items to Be Stored

    Envisioning the Finished Product

    Creating a Plan for the Process

      Breaking It Down into Small, Manageable Pieces

      Enlisting the Help of Others

    Storing Things Safely

    Lifting Safely


2. Understanding the Organizing Process.

    Choosing a Starting Point

    Reducing the Volume: Making the Easy Decisions

    Removing Items and Clearing Space

      Clearing Area by Area

      Clearing the Entire Garage

    Sorting Things Out

      Grouping Like Things Together

      Creating Subgroups of Like Things

    Deciding What to Get Rid Of

      Making the Hard Decisions on What to Keep or Toss

      Finding New Owners for Unwanted Items

    Selecting a Home

    Containerizing Your Goods

    Labeling the Contents

      Ways to Label

      Using a Label Maker

    Maintaining Your System


3. Reviewing Storage Options.

    Assessing Your Storage Style

    Assessing Storage Options

    Hanging Things Up

      Simple, Inexpensive Hanging Storage Solutions

      Hang It with a Hook

      Other Types of Wall Holders for Hanging Items

      Hanging on Pegboard: New Systems for an Old Favorite

    Setting Up Shelving

      Using Dividers and Containers to Keep Your Shelves Organized

      Cabinetry with Shelves

    Storing in Drawers

    Storing on the Floor… or Not

    Using the Ceiling to Create More Storage

      Installing Your Own Loft Storage

      Loft-It® Storage Lift System

    Choosing Storage Methods That Work for You


4. Selecting Storage Systems.

    Using What You Already Have

    Making Basic Decisions About Your Storage System

      Determine Your Budget

      Determine the Type of Storage System You Want

    Creating a Storage System for Less Than $500

      Shelving Options

      Cabinet Solutions

      Wall-Hanging Systems

      Multicomponent Storage Systems

    Creating a Storage System for Between $500 and $1,000

      Wall-Hanging System

      Multicomponent System

      Custom Garage Cabinet Systems

    Complete Storage Systems for More Than $1,000

      Wall-Hanging Systems

      Multicomponent Systems


5. Analyzing Alternative Storage Solutions.

    Choosing and Installing a Shed

      Do You Need a Shed?

      Choosing a Shed Type

      Choosing Features and Accessories

      Installing Your Shed

    Utilizing Your Attic or Basement for Storage

      Is Your Attic a Big, Black Hole?

      Has Your Basement Become an Extension of the Mess in Your Garage?

      Smart Storage Tips for Attics and Basements

    Considering Offsite Storage

      Selecting an Offsite Public Storage Facility

      Utilizing Portable Storage Containers



6. Making Your Workbench Work.

    Assessing Your Workbench Requirements

      Determining the Best Size for Your Workbench

      Choosing the Ideal Location for Your Workbench

    Selecting a Workbench That Works

      Creating a Workbench from Items You Already Own

      Portable Workbenches

      Wall-Hanging Workbench Systems

      Modular Workbench Systems

    Organizing Your Workbench

      Step 1: Reducing the Volume

      Step 2: Removing What Remains

      Step 3: Sorting

      Step 4: Purging and Weeding

      Step 5: Selecting and Replacing Items in Their New Home

      Step 6: Containerizing and Labeling


7. Tackling Your Tools.

    Back to Basics: Tools That People Need

    Organizing Your Tools

      Step 1: Gather Up the Tools and Reduce the Volume

      Step 2: Clear the Tool-Storage Area

      Step 3: Sort Your Tools

      Step 4: Eliminate the Tools You Don’t Need

      Step 5: Place Your Tools in Their New Home

    Choosing a Tool-Storage System


8. Managing Nuts and Bolts: Pieces and Parts.

    To Sort or Not to Sort–That Is the Question

    Organizing the Pieces and Parts

      Gather Up the Items

      Define the Parameters and Sort

      Eliminate What You Don’t Need

    Storing Your Sorted Pieces and Parts

      Economical Storage Solutions

      Homemade Storage Systems

      Specially Designed Storage Systems

      Portable Storage Systems


9. Storing Your Sports Gear.

    Organizing Your Sporting Goods

      Step 1: Reduce the Quantity

      Step 2: Empty the Storage Area

      Step 3: Sort and Group

      Step 4: Say Good-bye to What You No Longer Use

    Selecting a Home to Store Your Sports Gear

      Using What You Already Have

      Storing Bicycles

      Storing Balls and Children’s Toys

      Specialty Racks for Specific Sports

      Combo Sports Racks

      Complete Sports Storage Systems


10. Weeding Out Lawn and Garden Clutter.

    Organizing Tools and Other Lawn and Garden Items

      Step 1: Reduce the Quantity

      Step 2: Clear the Storage Area

      Step 3: Sort and Group

      Step 4: Weed and Purge

      Step 5: Putting Things Back

    Creating a Suitable Storage System

      Economical Methods of Storage

      Complete Storage Systems for Less Than $500

      Complete Storage Systems for More Than $500


11. Stashing Seasonal Stuff.

    Organizing Seasonal Items

      Step 1: Reduce the Quantity

      Step 2: Empty the Storage Area

      Step 3: Sort and Group

      Step 4: Deciding to Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need

      Step 5: Putting Things Back

    Dealing with Holiday Decorations

      Storing Christmas Ornaments

      Storing Other Christmas Items



12. Protecting the Garage Floor.

    Covering the Garage Floor: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

    Using Floor Paints and Sealers

      Getting the Floor Ready

      Selecting and Applying an Appropriate Product

    Investing in a Floor Covering


13. Getting Rid of Stuff.

    Tossing and Recycling Options

    Dealing with Hazardous Waste and Toxic Substances

      Determining Whether a Substance Is Toxic or Hazardous

      Disposing of Hazardous Wastes and Toxic Substances

    Giving Things Away

      Giving to Individuals

      Donating to Organizations

      Giving for All Its Worth

    Selling Items for Profit


14. Having a Successful Garage Sale.

    Deciding Whether a Garage Sale Is Worth It

    Preparing for the Big Day

      Choosing a Date and a Time

      Determining a Selling Price

      Advertising Your Sale

      Making and Posting Signs

      Merchandising Your Sale

    Managing the Sale

      Setting Up a Checkout Station



A. Resources and References.

    Product and Vendor Resources

      Product Manufacturers and Vendors

      Organizing Retailers

      Organizing Software

    Additional Resources

      Books and Magazines

      Professional Organizing Services

      Outlets for Getting Rid of Items



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