With fall here
and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage,
so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them.
"Will it be
another bad winter, Al?" you ask. Iíll tell you when itís
In the meantime,
the Lehigh Group, maker of Crawford brand garage and home-workshop
organization products, recommends cleaning out the space originally
designed for cars, suggesting that clutter there might mask hidden
percent of Americans use the garage to store potentially dangerous
equipment such as saws and power tools, while nearly 60 percent store
flammable liquids, such as oil, gasoline, propane and kerosene, as
well as other dangerous chemicals, including pesticides and other
lawn-care products in their garage space," the company says.
only 27 percent of Americans report feeling confident that their
garages are "very organized," many arenít just cluttered
and inconvenient ó theyíre safety threats, the Lehigh Group said.
It based that conclusion on the survey responses of 1,007 adults
during the summer.
So how should
you approach the task?
into categories such as auto supplies, lawn and garden tools, holiday
decorations and sports equipment. Then, pitch, donate or sell items
you donít use.
organizing and storing, use a multi-purpose push broom to sweep the
garage floor, or wash down the floor with a water hose.
garage into zones for storing each category of items, and then
identify the most appropriate storage method.
storage strategy is to use the vertical plane to keep the floor free
of clutter. Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space that can
easily be used for vertical storage through use of hanging shelves,
pegboards, rails, and overhead systems.
solid game plan to organize the typical plethora of sports gear, as
well as the familyís fleet of bikes.
nothing like getting ready to ride and looking through the paint and
gasoline cans for your helmet.