thing that attracted me to our house when we bought it
14 years ago was the garage.
of our city houses had one. And unlike those of our
neighbors, our garage was brand new, raised off a
concrete pad, 18 feet by 18 feet, as dry as a bone and
easily converted to use as a workshop.
time constraints and other commitments have limited my
use of the workshop ó I already had many more tools
than I needed ó and we really needed storage space.
lots of the tools, along with some furniture, were
donated to the nearby Goodwill and ReStore outlets or
given to neighbors and friends. After the flock was
culled to what was necessary, it was time to redo the
space to accommodate storage of bicycles and two kayaks.
didnít need a 3-by-6-foot workbench, so it became a
2-by-4-foot one with a storage cabinet.
removed one side bench and salvaged the lumber and
screws; put all the snow shovels, rakes, and other large
garden implements into an old Ikea toy box on wheels;
and rearranged ceiling light fixtures to make more room.
only mention this because the Lehigh Group, which makes
garage organizing systems, has set aside Sept. 12 as
National Clean Out Your Garage Day for 2015.
suggests sorting through and throwing out those rusty
tools, broken toys, worn-out sports gear and other items
that you havenít used in a year or more that are
taking up valuable space.
a commitment to discard as much as possible ó
recycling, donating, or selling items, if appropriate.
group remaining items into categories, such as holiday
decorations, gardening tools and sports equipment, to
begin the organizing process.
items and storing them in dedicated areas makes it
easier to locate things when you need them, and also
helps designate a parking spot for the car.
enough space for vehicle doors to fully open and for the
driver and passengers to walk around vehicles without
rubbing up against them, Lehigh said.
canít park our car in ours. The basketball goal is in