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Take the Headache Out of Storage with These 7 Tips

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Feb 14, 2014

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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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

Topics: storage tips

Making the Most of Your Storage Space: Practical Storage Tips for Families

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Sep 16, 2013

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A Practical and Decorative Two Car Garage

Hello everyone! Many families, both big and small, have a room or a closet in their home that acts as a storage area for varied items. For instance, the kids may put all of their sporting equipment such as bats, balls and tennis rackets in the front hall closet. Not surprisingly, this scenario can make it pretty tough to hang up your coat in the wintertime! So, I've decided to offer some practical storage ideas and tips to families in need of alternative options. Here are some suggestions that I hope will help.

A Multipurpose Prefab Garage

You can have a whole new area for storage in the form of a two car garage. Simply park one car in one stall of the garage. The other stall can be used to store various items. For example, you can move two or three racks into the stall to store all of the kids' sporting equipment. You could separate the baseballs, footballs and soccer balls by putting them in labeled plastic bins. Baseball bats could be arranged on their own shelf and the same could be done with tennis rackets. As a result, all of the sporting equipment is in an easily accessible area making the front hall closet available for coats once again. You can even build a small bike rack to hold all of the kids' bicycles.

The second stall of the garage may also be used to store pet supplies such as pet food, grooming items and extra bowls. You may want to put up some cabinets so the pet food is kept off the ground and away from pests. You can store other types of items in the garage cabinets including tools, car-related accessories, extra garbage bags and more. In addition to its practical qualities, the design of a two car garage can complement the appearance of a family home. Storage buildings can be decorative as well as practical.

The Many Uses of an Amish-Built Shed

One of the most practical storage ideas for garden tools is to put them in a shed. You may want to put up shelves or install some cabinets to house your small shovels, seeds, watering cans and gardening gloves. All of the gardening items you need will be in the shed as opposed to scattered throughout your home.

You may be lucky enough to have a swimming pool behind your family home. Storage of pool items such as inflatable toys, swimming goggles and flippers as well as the maintenance equipment for a swimming pool could be a problem if you're short on space. A shed located near your swimming pool can be the ideal solution to your storage dilemma. The kids' swimming goggles and flippers could be kept in small bins on shelves inside the shed. You could install some hooks on the wall to hang up the pool skimmer as well as the pool vacuum and its hoses. All pool-related items would be stored in an organized fashion in one place.

I've included some additional resources that may be of help to you. Thanks for reading! Alan

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