Tips for Decluttering Your Garage

Garages are often a place for storage. Whether it is storing you vehicle or housing your tools having proper storage space in your garage is extremely important. Too often does your garage turn from a place for organized storage to a cluttered overcrowded mess. Here are a few tips on how to eliminate clutter and take your garage back!

Shoe Storage

The garage is the main entrance to many homes, which makes it the perfecting dumping spot for shoes and other common items. Avoid this clutter by adding a shoe storage area where kids can drop off things like shoes, backpacks, and sports equipment before entering your home. Having a place to store these items neatly can instantly clear up the floor. For added organization include hooks and cubbies for extra storage for coats and other items.

Overhead Storage

Overhead storage units are a great way to take advantage of unused space on the ceiling. Add suspended shelving above garage doors to provide out of the way storage for items that you may not need to access daily like holiday decorations.

Cabinetry

Installing a wall of cabinetry is the perfect way to add organization to your cluttered garage. You can go with built-in storage or added cabinets from your local organization or home goods store. Adding cabinets with doors allows you to store all your items and close the doors creating a clean look in your garage.

Pegboards

Pegboards are perfect if you are creating a workspace or looking for a way to store tools. This organization tool is simple, affordable and incredibly effective. Hang a sheet of pegboards and simply add pegs, you can then hold just about any tool for your garage workspace.

Slate walls

Slate walls are often used by retail stores as a way to keep things off the floor but still within reach. You can add different hooks and shelves to fit into the horizontal slates making for a customized storage center right in your garage. Slate wall storage are perfect for getting cluttered items off the floor of your garage door while still maintaining easy access, for items such as toys and bikes you use on a daily basis.

Garage Door Safety Tips: Keeping Children Safe around Garage Doors

Garage doors are heavy duty equipment and can pose an often over-looked danger especially when it comes to young children. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your family safe around your garage doors.
Check your garage door’s sensors & auto reverse feature

Almost all automatic garage door openers now come with a functional obstruction sensor and auto reverse feature. This help detect is anything whether it be a ball, pet, or small child is in the path of the garage door before or during closing. There are some simple ways to check to ensure these functions are working. You can block the sensor and see if the garage door stops and reverses, or you can stand outside the door and lean your weight against it with you palm. The door should stop and reverse directions when you apply resistance.

Don’t Let Children Play with the Door

It’s important to teach children the proper way to handle garage doors and that your children do not consider garage door a toy or something to play with. Do not let your children play with the potentially dangerous pulleys, cable or torsion springs that can catch clothing or skin. Don’t let your children hang off garage door or race under the garage door when it is opening or closing. Children should stand away from moving garage doors as well.

Invest in Quality Garage Doors

By investing in quality garage doors made out of sturdy, durable materials you can help protect your family against mechanical failures brought about through bad manufacturing. This can help protect your family from any future accidents that may occur with your garage door.

Perform Regular Maintenance

No matter what you should always perform regular maintenance on your garage doors to ensure they are working properly and safely. Check things like the balance of your garage door. You should be able to open and close your garage door smoothly with the doors moving freely over the tracks. Regular maintenance could help you discover a minor issue with your garage door before it becomes a major one.