I've noticed that people who are pack rats like to put things in many places throughout the house. Basements, closets, crawlspaces, and spare rooms in a home are just a few examples. A garage is also a favorite storage place used by individuals who never seem to throw anything away. Whether you're a pack rat or not, sometimes it's difficult to get rid of certain items that are taking up space in the garage. They may have sentimental value, or perhaps you think an item will be used sometime in the future. I thought I would use this week's blog to offer some suggestions on how to get rid of unnecessary items in a garage.
Five Tips to Help You Rid Your Garage of Unnecessary Items
1. Consider How You Want to Use the Space in Your Garage: Some people want to have enough room to put two cars in their garage, while others want to use the space as a workshop. Determining how you want to utilize your garage gives you a goal as you begin to dispose of various items. As you deliberate on whether to get rid of an item, try to focus on your new plans for the garage space once the clutter is gone.
2. Take a Good Look at the Things in Your Garage: If you have items in your garage that haven't been used in months or years, then it's time to get rid of them. Boxes of used clothing, discarded appliances, books, and old magazines are just a few examples. It's helpful to look at each item in your garage and think of the last time you used it. Chances are good that if you haven't used an item in six months, it's time to get rid of it by either donating it or pitching it.
3. Make Arrangements to Donate Large Items: If you have chairs, a sofa, a table, or other furnishings taking up space in your garage, you can donate them to a local charity. Of course, they must be in good condition. I recommend that you go with a charity that offers to pick up the donated furnishings.
4. Make Plans to Drop Off Donations: Set aside a particular day and time to drop off the clothing, books, appliances, and other items that you clear out of your garage. Having a plan can help you to follow through with getting rid of these items before you begin to come up with reasons why you should keep X, Y, and Z.
5. Clean Out the Garage on Garbage Pickup Day. By cleaning the clutter out of your garage on garbage pickup day, you will have very little time to retrieve items from the trash cans. Once the trash is gone from the curb, you won't be able to entertain any second thoughts about what you pitched.
I hope these suggestions help you to clear away the unnecessary items in your garage. Your reward will come when you eliminate the creeping clutter and get your garage back! Thanks for reading. - Alan
Make Your Horse a Welcome Addition to the Neighborhood
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that dealing with manure is probably not a favorite task of most horse owners. But it's certainly a part of the work involved in caring for a horse. This week, I thought I'd offer some tips to horse owners on the topic of horse manure storage and management. I hope they prove helpful to you.
The Importance of Location: When considering where to put a manure pile, it's best to put it in an area that is not prone to flooding. Runoff from a manure pile can pollute water sources used by humans. The location of a manure pile should be accessible to horse owners but not too close to other homes. I recommend that you create a diagram of your farm that includes a manure storage area so you can determine the most logical place for it. Drawing a diagram can even help you to figure out where you can put the pile so it will be downwind from your neighbors' homes.
Consider the Number of Horses Living in Your Barn: A horse owner must calculate the amount of manure storage space that will be needed. This is done by multiplying the average amount of waste a horse produces per day by the number of days it will stay in the storage area. The amount of bedding a horse has in its stall should also figure into your calculations. Of course, if there is more than one horse living in the barn, it will affect the final calculations. The goal is to end up with a manure storage area that can accommodate all of the manure produced by the horses in a barn until it is time to haul the waste away.
Disposal of Horse Manure: Before that pile of manure grows too large, I suggest that you have plans for its disposal in place. Some horse owners spread the manure in a pasture or in their gardens. Other owners hire a company to haul the manure away on a regular basis. There is also the option of composting horse manure. This is an option if you want to dispose of your horse's manure in an organic way and take advantage of the benefits of composting.
Shielding a Manure Pile: You may want to consider putting a tarp or a heavy plastic covering over the manure storage area. This can prevent run-off when it rains. Some horse owners go the extra mile and erect a fence near the manure storage area so it's not immediately visible to visitors. Using a fence to obscure a manure pile allows you to control the appearance of your stable area or farm. I imagine that there are other features of your farm that you want to highlight!
Proper Manure Storage Prevents Small Intruders: By keeping a manure pile on a concrete slab in a partially enclosed area, it can reduce the incidence of problems with parasites as well as insect and rodent infestation. Keeping the amount of manure under control is the key to storing it in a successful way until it can be used or removed.
I hope these tips take some of the hassle and mess out of horse manure storage. Thanks for reading! - Alan
'Make Your Shed Space Your Own'
Just because a backyard shed is a practical structure doesn't mean you can't throw some creativity into the mix. I enjoy seeing the creative design ideas that many people have when it comes to their backyard sheds. Check out the collection of sheds below that are worthy of a double take!
Nine Unbelievable Shed Spaces and Designs that Will Make You Want Your Own
- A Shed with Modern Style. There is nothing traditional in the design of this backyard shed. The roof is slanted and there are large windows at the front of the structure as well as a glass door. Just imagine all of the natural light that flows in through those windows throughout the day!
- A Shed with Natural Flair. This shed is certainly worth a second look. From the side, it appears to be a typical shed with an appealing exterior, but check out the roof… There are various types of vegetation growing in compartments arranged on its roof. The unique look of this shed changes each day as the plants grow and flourish.
- A Backyard Shed with a Unique Design. A five-sided wooden shed provides extra interior space for storage. Alternatively, a gathering of chairs and a coffee table transforms this shed into an outdoor sitting room. A unique shape paired with classic French doors and large windows makes this shed a bona fide attention getter in the backyard.
- An Outdoor Sitting Room. These owners transformed their shed into a breezy, outdoor sitting room complete with a casual sofa, chairs and even some comfy pillows. I could go for an afternoon nap just looking at this space! It looks like an ideal place to spend warm summer evenings visiting with family and friends.
- A Shed with a Familiar Look. I want you to imagine a shed with a design that matches the design of the main house. It's literally a mirror image of the owner's home. All the details on the shed are the same including the color of the exterior walls and the design of the front door as well as the roof's design. Even the flower boxes are the same!
- A Shed Surrounded by Gardens. The owner of this simple white shed with a quaint sloping roof can keep watch over the gardens as well as the little courtyard. Its glass door allows sunlight to enter this quiet shed that looks like the perfect place to escape to after a busy day.
- A Shed with a Lighthouse Theme. If you dream of life by the sea, you will love the look of a shed with a design that mimics that of a lighthouse. The exterior walls are decorated with white shingles and there are even light fixtures atop the structure that illuminate the backyard.
- A Pleasant Place for a Get Away. Attractive French doors lead out onto the porch of this backyard shed that serves as a studio. The trees surrounding the shed create a quiet atmosphere perfect for creative work.
- A Shed with Invisible Walls. An owner who isn't concerned about privacy, but wants a wonderful view may opt for a shed in a glass design. All the walls along with the ceiling of the shed are made of glass. It's a greenhouse for humans! Put a shed like this one beside a lake and you could relax and watch the scenery without venturing outdoors.
I hope these unbelievable shed designs spark your imagination! Thanks for reading!-Alan
Whether you store items in a garage, shed, or barn, there are certain things you can do to keep your space organized. I believe that packing and storing items in an organized fashion helps to accomplish two things. First, you're able to find an item fairly quickly when you need it instead of spending an hour digging through a mountain of boxes. Secondly, if you ever decide to move, many of your items will already be packed and ready to go onto the truck! Consider some simple tips that can help to take the headache out of the storage process.
Seven Steps for Making Storage Easy
Arrange Items in a Logical Way. If you take a few extra moments to create an arrangement for your storage area, you can avoid going on a treasure hunt every time you want something from the garage. Put the items you use most frequently in an easily accessible location. For instance, if you have several boxes piled in one corner of the garage, I would put the Christmas decorations against the wall, at the back of the pile. After all, these are only used once a year. Alternatively, I would put my toolbox near the front of the pile so I could get at it easily if I have to do some quick repair work.
Remember Your Back When You Pack Items in Boxes. At one time or another, you may have tried to lift a large box off the floor only to find that it contains what feels like a collection of cement blocks. If this happens too often, your back could pay the price. That's why I recommend that you put heavy items in small boxes. Some examples of items you may want to put in small boxes are books, pieces of artwork, or a kitchen appliance such as a mixer.
Make Use of Sturdy Wire Racks. Storing items on a wire rack is an ideal way to create an organized storage area. This storage method works even better if you keep items in clear plastic bins so you can see exactly what you have.
Hang Up Your Clothes! By hanging up your stored clothing on an inexpensive clothing rack, you can avoid opening up a cardboard box full of wrinkled, stiff garments. Hang up groups of clothing items and put them in a garment bag. Or you can pull a garbage bag over them like they're fresh from the dry cleaners.
Label Now and You'll Thank Me Later. It may seem like a waste of time to label each box in your storage area, but it can really pay off. When you go out to the garage in the dead of winter to look for a box of Christmas ornaments or the extra space heater, you'll be grateful for the short amount of time it takes to find them!
Take Good Care of Your Books. I suggest that if you have a collection of books you want to store in your garage or shed that you organize them by size. This method of storing books helps you to make the best use of the space inside a box. Be sure to use small boxes for heavy books and pack them with filler so they can't slide back and forth when the box is picked up. The bottom shelf of your wire rack is a great place to store a box of books: They'll be off the ground and away from any moisture on the floor.
Keep Your Plates in One Piece. The best way to pack plates in a box is to put them in vertically instead of stacking them in a pile. Whether you're moving or just putting the plates into storage, they must be packed with crumpled paper or another type of filler so they don't shift around when the box is moved. You can help yourself out by writing the word "F ragile" on the container.
Thanks for reading! - Alan
At one time or another, you may have found yourself wandering through the rooms of your home thinking, 'I have to get this place organized!' But, just thinking about organizing EVERY room in a house can be overwhelming, to say the least. So, for this week's blog, I'm offering some simple tips that can take the stress out of organizing your home.
Organize Your Home in Seven Simple Steps
- Decide which room you want to organize and concentrate on that one. I think that you're less likely to become overwhelmed if you focus on organizing just one room at a time. Do yourself a favor and don't waste energy thinking about the kids' rooms or the bathrooms when you're in the middle of organizing the kitchen.
- Get a supply of white and black garbage bags. As you declutter each room, put the items you want to throw away into a black garbage bag. Place the items you want to give to charity into a white garbage bag. This is an easy way to keep these items separate.
- Clear some space in the trunk of your car for bags/items that you want to take to Goodwill or another worthwhile charity. As you bag up items to give away, put them right into your vehicle, so you can drop them off as soon as the trunk is full.
- Divide a room into several areas that need to be organized. I can attest that this can make the task seem more reasonable. For instance, when organizing your bedroom you may want to begin with the closet. Look through your entire wardrobe of clothing. If you haven't worn something in six months, it's unlikely that you'll wear it again (sans off season clothing that might be best tackled at a later date). If an item is in good condition, put it in a white garbage bag. If an item is ripped or terribly faded, put it into a black garbage bag. You'll be amazed at how big your closet is without all of those extra clothes!
- Look at what needs to be done in a room and gather the materials you'll need to do it. For instance, if you're organizing your child's room, there may be a lot of toys stacked around that he or she never plays with. First, decide which toys to give away and which to keep. Then, load the toys you want to give away into a white garbage bag. Place the toys that you want to keep into a clear plastic bin with a secure lid. Store the bin in one corner of your garage or shed.
- Focus on making the best possible use of the space in a room. The process of decluttering doesn't always require you to throw things away. For instance, if your hair dryer is taking up space in the cabinet beneath your bathroom sink, you may want to put up a hair dryer wall mount. In the end, your bathroom cabinet is more organized and you get to keep your hair dryer! Installing a couple new towel racks on a bathroom wall can help you to organize your extra bath and hand towels. Also, buying an inexpensive toothbrush stand gives you a way to organize all of the loose toothbrushes in the medicine cabinet. Sometimes simple organizational items can create space as well as add an element of neatness to your bathroom.
- Take the time to celebrate your work. This is one of the most important steps in the quest to organize your home. Once you are finished organizing a room, look around and admire your work. Recognize how much easier it is to find an item in a closet or a cabinet. Look at all of the extra space you created! Pausing a moment or two to appreciate your own work will inspire you to move on to the next room in your home that needs attention.
Here are some more helpful ideas to consider as you clear a path toward a newly organized household! Thanks for reading.-Alan
"A Shed That is Uniquely Your Own"
When you think of a storage shed, you may picture a structure filled with a variety of items including bicycles, lawn care equipment, boxes and maybe even a couple pieces of old furniture. We all know that a storage shed is designed to serve a practical purpose. But, I've discovered some converted storage sheds that now serve a unique purpose. These owners put their powers of creativity to the test to come up with some beautiful, converted sheds! Here are a few examples.
Six of the Most Amazing Custom Sheds Ever Made!
- The first amazing idea involves converting a shed into a child's playhouse . This shed has taken on a new life as a getaway for the kids in this household. The outside of the shed features fresh colors of pastel paint while the inside has everything a kid needs to play house for hours at a time. Little pieces of furniture including a table, chairs and even a cupboard surely make this a favorite spot for all of the kids in the neighborhood!
- Did you know that a shed can be useful to members of the animal kingdom as well as to humans? This converted shed that is now a chicken coop is the perfect example. It protects the chickens from the elements as well as predators wandering in the area. This barnyard family can move around inside the shed and is easily accessible when it's time to gather the eggs.
- A creative type must have looked out at his or her shed and envisioned a great place to work. This converted shed now serves as a writing area . The décor is sparse, but there is plenty of natural light flowing in the windows of the structure. The quiet atmosphere of this converted shed must set the perfect tone for coming up with some very imaginative stories.
- This shed has been converted into an outdoor home office . It's an intimate space, decorated in a way that suits the needs of its owner. The person enjoys a good amount of natural light courtesy of the shed's glass door and window. Also, it's separate from the main house giving it the tremendous advantage of being a quiet place to work. Sounds like the perfect setup to me!
- This owner had the brainstorm of turning a shed into a guest house for the kids. Just think, with a converted shed like this one, you can send your kids and their slumber party guests out into the backyard. They are close enough to supervise, yet far enough away to give you a break from the giggling and whispering that will go on throughout the night!
- One owner came up with the very appealing idea of converting a shed into an outdoor sitting room . The comfortable furnishings and soft lighting in this open, airy room makes it the perfect place to visit with friends or take advantage of some alone time.
I hope that these amazing sheds supply you with some creative inspiration of your own. You may never look at a storage shed the same way. Here are a few other amazing sheds to admire. Thanks for reading!-Alan
Do I Need a Two Story Garage or a One Story?
When it comes to selecting a storage building, I've found that it's a good idea to think over all the options. Not surprisingly, you'll want to end up with a building that satisfies both your present and future storage needs. This week, I thought I'd highlight some questions for you to consider that will assist you in selecting an ideal storage building.
Nine Critical Questions You Need to Consider Prior to Selecting Your Storage Building
- What Do I Need to Store? This is one of the most important issues to consider. For instance, if you want a storage building for a car, you'll need to select a garage that offers plenty of room for the vehicle. Naturally, someone who wants to store a full-sized truck will need a larger garage than someone with a two seater convertible. Along with the dimensions of the garage, it's also wise to consider whether you want a one or a two car garage. If you plan to purchase another car in the future, it may be a good idea to go with a two car garage. Or, if you are looking for a garden shed, you'll need to find one that can accommodate all of your garden tools in an organized fashion . Focus on selecting a storage building that is appropriate for the items you want to protect.
- Do I Need a Permit to Have a Storage Building? The answer depends upon where you live. It's best to contact the officials in your city and let them know how big the storage building is and where you plan to put it. Each city and state has its own regulations so it's best to find out this information right away.
- What Type of Building Material Do I Want ? If you are thinking about getting a shed, you can opt for an Amish shed made with board batten wood. Or, you may prefer a shed made of vinyl. Both types of material will protect your items from the harsh weather elements. It's really a matter of personal taste. I've found that some people like the look of a traditional wooden shed while others appreciate the decorative aspects of vinyl sheds.
- Do I Have a Color Preference for My Storage Building? There are some people who want a storage building in a color that complements other structures on their property. For example, you may want a wood shed in the color blue to match the blue exterior of your home. Or, you may want to choose a color for your shed that matches your barn. Selecting the perfect color for a wood shed or the roof of a metal garage can make your property all the more appealing.
- Do I Have a Design Preference for the Roof? You may want to consider a boxed eave roof on your metal garage. This is an A-frame style with an overhang on both its sides. If you're shopping for a shed, you can opt for the gable style roof or a gambrel design (PDF). Sometimes people opt for a shed or garage roof that matches the one on their home. On the more practical side, a vertical roof design on a carport allows snow to slide off so it doesn't accumulate. This would be a great choice for someone who lives in a particularly snowy area.
- Where Do I Want to Put My Storage Building? It's best to put a storage building such as a garden shed on a higher piece of ground so flooding will not become an issue. Garden sheds usually sit on a foundation of gravel to lessen or prevent flooding. If you plan to select a carport, it will need to sit on a concrete slab. The location you choose for your storage building will need to accommodate the structure as well as its foundation.
- Do I Need a Shed Kit? If you plan to select a shed, you have to consider whether a fully assembled shed can be delivered to your home. If you don't have a path for our delivery truck that is at least 14 feet wide with 13 feet of clearance, you'll need to opt for a shed kit. Shed kits are easy to assemble with the help of a neighbor.
- Do I Need a Two Story Storage Building? If you're considering a garage and have a lot of extra items to store besides the vehicle, you may want to consider a two story structure. You can use the upper level for boxes, old furniture and other items that take up room inside your home. A 2 story horse barn can be ideal if you need a place to store hay as well as keep your tack neat and organized .
- Do I Want a Carport or a Garage? The answer to this question depends on your unique situation. If you have additional items you want to store, then an enclosed garage would be a more favorable choice. If you just want a simple covering for your car to protect it from the snow, rain and sunlight, then a carport may be the choice for you. A carport can even protect your car from frost .
Happy shopping! Thanks for reading. Alan
Ways to Get Your Garage Back into Shipshape!
Some people put off organizing their garage because they think of it as a dreary task. Well, I'm here to tell you that creativity and garage organization go hand in hand! When it comes to organizing a garage, people are making use of items that they otherwise would have thrown away. Here are some simple suggestions that can help you keep your garage in shipshape.
37 Helpful Tricks for Organizing Your Garage
- A magnetic drill bit holder is helpful in a couple of ways. For one, you're able to see all the drill bits you have at a glance. Two, it saves space in your tool box for other items. I appreciate having extra space in my toolbox!
- An old bookcase that you no longer want in the house is a great storage area for work boots, muddy shoes, and other footwear that you want to keep in the garage.
- Store your work gloves and rags in an old laundry basket on a counter in the garage. It will be easy to transport them inside when they need to be washed!
- If you're a dog owner with a humongous bag of dog food in the garage, try storing it in a metal garbage can. This will keep the food from spilling onto the floor if the bag rips.
- Use Velcro to attach your flashlight to a wall of the garage. You won't ever have to search for it in the dark again!
- Put some labels on the drawers of your toolbox to make a search for an item more efficient.
- Hanging tools from an old pipe is an excellent way to save space in your garage. Use pot hooks to hang up your dust pan, whisk broom, cords, tools, and other items.
- Attach a large hook to a garage wall so you can hang up your golf bag.
- Put up a pegboard on one wall so you can hang up hand tools and other small items.
- Line up your clay flower pots on a shelf in the garage. Use them to store small tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and adjustable wrenches.
- Install a hook on a wall so you can hang a small plastic basket. This is a convenient place to store your car cleaning items including sponges, brushes, cleaning solutions, and rags.
- Organize with recycled items. For example, use an old muffin pan to organize your nails, screws, and other tiny items that can get lost or fall on the garage floor.
- A simple rack for pliers can be made with just a few small pieces of wood.
- Install some overhead storage racks for light boxes, plastic bins and other items you may not use very often.
- Stack three milk crates in one corner to house various items such as extra oil for the car, window cleaner, WD-40, etc.
- Have you ever stood in your garage with a roll of duct tape trying to find the end piece? If you have, my suggestion to you is a homemade tape dispenser. There is a space for your masking tape roll, packing tape and even your duct tape!
- Make use of an old garbage can as a place to store your brooms, rakes and shovels.
- Untangle all of those old extension cords, carefully fold each one and slip the folded cord through an empty paper towel roll to keep them separate.
- Cut some old plastic 2-liter bottles in half and use the bottom half to store nails, screws and nuts.
- If your kids have toys that they play with in the yard or on the driveway, there is a creative way to organize outdoor toys and store them in the garage.
- Give the wheelbarrow that's parked in the garage a dual-purpose. Store miscellaneous items in it such as buckets, rope or small garden tools.
- The fabric pockets of a hanging shoe rack are great for storing tools and other items on a wall in the garage.
- Put up some coat hooks on one wall and hang up your work apron, extra jackets and coats that are taking up space on the floor.
- You can organize a variety of items using labeled plastic containers.
- Place some office waste baskets on a shelf in the garage so you can separate your recyclable bottles and cans.
- Instead of throwing a bag of bird seed into a corner, pour the seed into a couple of clean milk jugs and put them on a garage shelf.
- Hang a wire hanger on a hook attached to the garage pegboard. Then, fasten your work gloves to it with clothes pins.
- If you have a sink in your garage, Velcro your bottle of hand soap to the sink so the bottle won't topple onto the floor.
- Hanging your bicycle on the wall keeps it safe and creates more free space.
- Mounting a bucket on a pegboard is a creative way to store a garden hose. You can even store items inside the bucket!
- Storing string, rope, or twine on rods is a simple way to keep a garage more organized. You can pull out a length of string without having the entire supply fall onto the floor and roll away.
- Try this idea for storing nails and screws in baby food jars. You can either glue or screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf and remove the actual baby food jar when you need nails, screws, washers, etc.
- An old wooden shoe rack is perfect for storing outdoor shoes, boots, sandals, and more.
- Put a hook on one garage wall and hang up your watering can. This gives you easy access to the watering can and it doesn't take up shelf space.
- Storing basket balls, soccer balls, and more is easy if you put up a vertical ball rack on one wall of the garage.
- If you keep seed envelopes in your garage, use clothes pins to hang them from a wire hanger. Attach the wire hanger to a hook on your garage pegboard.
- Hanging your ladder on the wall is one of the most efficient garage organization ideas you can try. Storing a ladder this way allows you to access your ladder whenever you need it.
Thanks for reading! Alan
"A Starting Point for Future Rock Stars!"
Today's rock stars have money, fame and influence. However, some of the most popular rock stars started out small. I thought I'd use this week's blog to highlight some notable bands that started out by playing in their own garages or basements.
22 Garage Bands that Became Rock Stars!
- The Kingsmen-In 1959, five Portland teenagers got together to form the band that would eventually become The Kingsmen. This former garage band is best known for its 1963 version of "Louie, Louie."
- The Ramones-All of the members of The Ramones changed their last names to Ramone though they were not related. This group is considered to be the first punk rock band. "I Wanna Be Sedated," (1977) is one of the band's most popular songs.
- Nirvana-Formed in 1987 by Kurt Cobain, this band experienced initial success on college radio stations. The unconventional style of their music eventually garnered national attention with the band's appearance on the MTV music awards in 1992.
- The Kinks-In 1964, this band was formed by Ray and Dave Davies in North London. Country music, folk and R&B were all influences for this band famous for the hit "You Really Got Me."
- The Strangeloves-Three members of this band from the 1960s were songwriters. The Strangeloves sang the hit, "I Want Candy."
- Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs-This band is best known for its 1965 hit, "Wooly Bully." The leader of the group wore a trademark turban while the other members wore pharaoh costumes.
- Tommy James and the Shondells-Tommy, the lead singer, started the band in 1959 when he was just twelve years old. A few of their popular songs include, "Hanky-Panky", "Mony-Mony" and "Crimson and Clover."
- The Outsiders-This Cleveland, Ohio band played in bars until it independently recorded the song, "Time Won't Let Me." This song sold over a million copies in 1966.
- Paul Revere and the Raiders-Paul Revere, the originator of this band, met fellow band member, Mark Lindsay, in a bakery where he was purchasing hamburger buns. Some of their well-known songs include, "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" and "Hungry."
- The Castaways-This band originated in the Twin Cities. It had a 1965 hit song entitled, "Liar, Liar" that was featured in the 1967 beach movie, It's a Bikini World.
- The Rising Storm-A garage band started in the mid-1960s that played its own music instead of playing covers of other musician's songs. The popularity of this unique group has grown over the years making copies of their album Calm Before very valuable to collectors.
- The Beau Brummels-A garage band out of 1960s San Francisco led by singer Sal Valentino. Their early recordings were produced by Sly Stone. Some of their songs include, "Just a Little" and "Laugh, Laugh."
- The Riptides-The original name of this 1977 garage band was The Grudge. This group was formed by students studying architecture at the University of Queensland (Australia). "Tomorrow's Tears" and "Some Other Guy" are two of their more famous songs.
- The Rivieras-A group of teenagers in South Bend, Indiana got together in the 1960s to form this band. The band's hit song, "California Sun" is sometimes referred to as "frat rock" because it was played at college fraternity parties.
- The Runaways-A 1970s garage band with all women musicians. They are best known for the 1976 song, "Cherry Bomb." Famous women rockers who emerged from this group include Joan Jett and guitarist, Lita Ford.
- The Five Americans-This group from Oklahoma led by Mike Rabon, was originally called, "The Mutineers." They played college parties and bars during the early 1960s until their original song, "I See the Light" landed in Billboard Magazine in 1965.
- The Vagrants-A 1960s garage band out of Queens inspired by the music of the Beatles. They gained a following with teenagers by playing popular clubs in New York. One of their songs is entitled, "Oh Those Eyes."
- The Blues Magoos-A 1960s Bronx garage band that played psychedelic music. "(We Ain't Got) Nothin Yet" is one of the groups most recognized songs.
- Terry Knight and the Pack-Terry Knight, who formed this Flint, Michigan band in 1965, was once a DJ. Some of the songs they became famous for include, "I Who Have Nothing" and "Mister, You're a Better Man Than I."
- The Paupers-A band out of Canada known for its psychedelic music. This 1960s band was managed by Albert Grossman who also managed Bob Dylan. "Magic People" and "It's Your Mind" are some of the band's songs.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival-John and Tom Fogerty along with Doug Clifford started this band in 1959 under the name "The Blue Velvets." They were later called the Golliwogs before becoming the well-known Creedence Clearwater Revival. "Don't Tell Me No Lies" and "You Came Walking" were two songs written in 1964 by the Fogertys for The Golliwogs.
- Mr. Lucky and the Gamblers-A garage band from Newport, Oregon that offered fans catchy lyrics and a memorable sound. They were particularly popular in the Pacific Northwest with songs including "Take a Look at Me" and "I Told You Once Before."
Hope I brought back some good memories! Alan
''Make the Best Use of All Your Garage Space"
Have you ever stood in the middle of your garage and asked yourself, 'what happened'? You started out with plenty of space for your tools, the kids' bicycles, sports equipment, boxes of Christmas tree decorations, etc. Now, it may be a challenge to fit the car into the garage because it's so crowded with items. Fortunately, there are a few simple organizing techniques that can open up some space in your garage and allow you to find what you need, when you need it.
Using Wall Space
Storing items on the walls of a garage is an easy way to free up some floor space. Take a look at that collection of brooms, rakes, and shovels that may use a lot of space in one corner of your garage. Then, visit your local hardware store and invest in some simple hooks made for hanging tools on the wall. By hanging these items on the wall, you'll be able to grab one quickly when a simple task presents itself. You may also want to look into getting some special hooks so you can hang the kids' bicycles on the wall right along with the brooms and rakes!
Storage from Above
Many garages have a platform that hangs from the ceiling or even a loft area. I think these are perfect for storing items that are rarely used. You may use platform storage in a garage to store boxes of old books, large buckets, ornaments, or even an artificial Christmas tree that is taking up a lot of space on the main floor. Make sure that you don't overload the platform and that there is ample room for everything.
Storing the Small Items
Unfortunately, screws and nails that are stored in a haphazard way in a garage can drop on the floor and maybe even end up in a car tire. A wooden pegboard is great for organizing screws and nails. You can put them into small plastic jars and hang them on the pegboard. There are plastic jars with lids that feature a prong designed to fit into a pegboard wall. With a storage system like this, you can easily see the nails, screws and washers you have while keeping them off the floor.
A New Use for an Old Bookcase
One of the most helpful garage organization tips has to do with making use of an old bookcase. A bookcase with three shelves situated on one side of a garage can hold a lot of items including cleaning solutions, work gloves, a flashlight, clay flower pots, and extension cords. Instead of piling your cords on one shelf and letting them get tangled together, try a new way of storing extension cords. An old bookcase can have renewed life as a useful storage item in a garage.
Put Those Garbage Bags in Order
Finally, I know that a lot of homeowners keep a box of garbage bags in the garage. Perhaps you've tried to take one out of the box only to have the whole roll come out and spill across the floor. You are not alone! Instead of this old storage method, clear up some more space in your garage by keeping your trash bags on a paper towel holder. When you need a bag, you just roll it out and tear it off the roll. The same idea can be put to use with a roll of paper towels that always seems to end up on the garage floor.
I hope these suggestions help to kick start your garage organization efforts. Thanks for reading!-Alan