March 6, 2018
Garage Organizing Ideas to Get Your Garage Organized Once and for All
Spring is the perfect time for garage organizing using ideas and products from Organize-It. Getting your garage and shed in order prepares you for spring and summer activities including biking, gardening and general yard maintenance.
Gardening and other tools tend to get misplaced and mishandled when not properly stored. Wall-mount and freestanding tool storage options are available, as well as cabinets and pegboard systems. When your garage is organized it means you have more time for the tasks you love and spend less time rummaging for tools.
Here are some excellent products for getting your garage or shed organized once and for all.
1. Yard Tool Standing Rack
Made of lightweight, yet sturdy resin, this tool rack holds 20 long tools and features some rolling casters for limited movement around your garage or shed.
2. Double Tool Holder
Made of sturdy steel with a 65-pound weight capacity, this easy-to-install rack holds two pounds and costs $7.99. Buy a bunch and put them wherever you need them.
3. 36-Inch Wall Tool Rack
This tool rack features 36-inch rail with 8 ultra-hold hooks (10-pound capacity each) fastens to a wall for conveniently corralling your favorite garden tools.
4. Tool Rack – 5 Dual Hooks
Simply designed with epoxy-coated steel wire, this tool rack sports 5 dual hooks for hanging pruning shears, rakes and all of your gardening equipment. It measures 30.5 inches long and fits nicely between shed or garage studs.
5. Pegboard Tool Organizer
Triton takes the traditional pegboard organizer to the next level with this coated steel 32-piece kit, which includes everything you need to organize your shed, workbench or gardening station.
6. Garage Storage Lift for Rafters
Store sports equipment and other items in unused space in your rafters with a garage storage lift – and spare you back by using the convenient cable lift features.
7. Ladder Lift
Simple and efficient, this ladder lift makes storing cumbersome ladders easy while utilizing unused rafter space in your garage or shed.
8. Collapsible Storage Crate
Collapsible storage crates are sturdy, yet compact when you don’t need them. Just collapse flat and stash in a corner when not in use.
9. Adjustable Shelving System
An adjustable shelving system gives you the freedom to configure the shelves exactly as you need them in your garage, basement or shed.
10. Bike Hoist
Store your ride during the off season with this easy-to-use and install bike hoist. It helps keep your garage floor clear and prevents bikes from toppling.
11. Garage Grid Storage Rack
A Garage Grid Storage Rack system gives you ultimate freedom for garage organizing just the way you need it. Lots of add-on accessories are sold separately for custom builds.
12. Garage Grid Sports Rack
The Garage Grid Sports Rack holds basketballs and other sports equipment securely within the Garage Grid Rack system (sold separately).
You also might enjoy this Clutter Control Freak blog post on shed storage.
How to Clean Your Attic
March 1, 2018
This week’s post is by guest blogger, Vicky Reddish. Vicky works as the Marketing Coordinator for Woodtex.com. As the Marketing Coordinator, she executes marketing campaigns and strategies, primarily in the digital space. She loves creating and curating content and finding fun ways to engage customers on social media – and to do it as a “job” – it just doesn’t get any better. She’s also an artist and loves taking photos. Vicky lives in the heart of Nashville with her husband, Michael.
Reclaim Your Attic to Refresh Your Entire House
Having a spacious and accessible attic in your home is truly a double-edged sword. It is highly useful and incredibly valuable but can also lead to issues in your home. The main issue with attic space is keeping it clean and organized. What good is this space if the belongings contained within cannot be accessed and, even worse, no one wants to set foot up there?
The first step in reclaiming your attic is cleaning it out. Everything up there must be removed, at least temporarily, to do a deep, full clean. This is also an excellent chance to relocate items that had previously found a home in the attic. Many of these items were likely forgotten about and never utilized. Emptying out the attic offers time to reconsider other organizational options that better serve your objectives.
As you remove items and bring them down to a temporary home out of the way, clean the items themselves. This will guarantee that anything put back upstairs will enter a clean space clean itself. Bring boxes down, dusting the tops. Open them up and wipe off things within. Dig through bags to check for moths or other infestations. Throw out items that are ruined. Loose items should be wiped or vacuumed depending on the material.
After items are removed and the attic is clear, it is time to clean the attic itself. This involves dusting and wiping down raised spaces. This should be done before cleaning the floor, as messes can fall down onto the floor from above as dirty spaces are wiped clean. Next, vacuum up all floor areas. You may also need to wipe down and scrub areas of the floor depending on what material it is made of and/or what type of belongings had been kept there.
A nice, thorough clean should be followed by an inspection of the attic area. Make sure there is no mold building up. This could happen due to improper insulation or, again, because of what type of items were kept up there. Moist or wet things would obviously breed mold quicker and easier than something like old cups and plates.
Inspect for mold, growths, and dangers that were previously hidden by the materials kept in the attic. Also, closely examine the insulation itself. Check for holes, inconsistencies, and any other areas of concern. Issues with insulation can cause a number of problems for a home. It will mean leakage of heat and air conditioning in winter and summer respectively, which means higher costs for those services. It could also lead to attic items being dangerously stored. Then, mold could develop, or possibly even worse, belongings or people could even fall through the attic by assuming areas of the floor were contained when they were actually not.
After cleaning and properly checking the attic, it is time to move back in, so to speak. If you have any consternation about either the cleaning or, more likely, the checking for issues, hire a professional. It is a small cost that could help save big money down the line.
When moving back in, the first consideration must be whether everything that had been in the attic actually should go back there. This is the optimum time for new organization. All our attic items are already cleaned, so that isn’t an issue. But some things are better served being kept elsewhere.
Heavy items should not go in the attic. Besides being hard to get up there in the first place, you are highly unlikely to take them down spur of the moment. Instead, use a shed or outside storage, or spacious closet. This keeps those items out of the way of day-to-day movements while also keeping them at hand’s reach if their need does arise. There is nothing worse than realizing a bulky, heavy machine needs to be taken down from the attic.
Once cumbersome items are removed from attic consideration, do the same with useful items. Oftentimes, things are forgotten about in the attic, even if they would be used rather regularly. People even occasionally buy new copies of things that reside in the attic since their existence has been completely glossed over.
Removing things from permanent attic storage could mean other things have to take their place. Homes don’t have endless closet space on the ground floor. If they did, attics wouldn’t need to be accessible in the first place. Consider what would be used most often. Or even, think about mixing things up. For example, bring down that giant punch bowl and use it for gatherings. Instead, put the bread maker up there.
Attics are valuable spaces for belongings that need to be kept but don’t need to be accessed. Treat them as such. Recycling items previous banished to the attic will make activities feel fresh and new. Likewise, putting rarely used items up and away will make it seem like new storage space on the ground floor has been discovered for the first time. It is a satisfying feeling indeed. Optimizing the attic refreshes each subsequent part of the house.
This isn’t a small job saved for a short weekday afternoon. Take the time required to really do a good job cleaning and organizing attic space. The time and energy used will be worth it in the long run.
Organize Your Closet and Keep it That Way
February 7, 2018
Easy Steps to Organize Your Closet and Keep it in Tip-Top Shape
Organizing your closet involves two major steps: organizing and maintaining. The latter is actually the easier part; the maintenance part is where some folks run into trouble. I’m sure some of you will know what I mean if you’ve spent lots of time building your dream closet, only to find it in a disarray six months later because you never changed the habits that made the chaos to begin with. The following is a useful list of easy steps to first organize, and then maintain your closet, which requires very little time investment if you perform the rituals regularly and faithfully.
Organize Your Closet
1. Remove clothing, shoes and other Items and perform a storage needs assessment.
2. Donate or toss items you haven’t worn in a year, do not want, or no longer fit into.
3. Assess storage requirements for folded garments and hanging ones.
4. Purchase additional storage to accommodate your clothing, shoes and accessories (think hangers, belt racks, hanger valets, shoe boxes or shoe racks, etc).
5. Install new closet accessories and components.
6. Establish a system for hanging and folded storage (arrange by color, style length, frequency of use, etc.).
7. Return clothing and shoes to your closet.
8. Admire your handiwork.
Maintain Your Closet
Having achieved the extreme order you want in your closet, now you need to keep it that way. In the past, you may have gone through the organizing process, only to find your closet returned to it’s chaotic state, but this doesn’t have to happen, provided you work at the art of maintenance and good habits.
1. Closet Rules
Establish closet rules and follow them. Yes, rules are fun to break, but not in this instance. Use the rest of the points to help establish your own guidelines, which will likely be more detailed, numerous and elaborate.
2. Put it Away Now
Return every article to its proper location in your closet (clothing, shoes, etc.).
3. Observe a Buy-Toss Ratio
Adopt a new-garment-toss-garment policy (if you buy something new, you must part with something old). This gives you a mental shopping check so you don’t acquire too much again.
4. Hanger Maintenance
Remove empty hangers from your closet as soon as you remove the garments for wearing.
5. Scheduled Mini-Closet Maintenance (5 Minutes Minimum)
Have a once-a-week, Saturday morning closet cleanup (re-order clothes by color, garment-type, etc.).
6. Periodic and Seasonal Closet Assessments
If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. Easy-peasy.
7. Size Checks
If it’s too big, get rid of it. If it’s really too small, get rid of it.
Once you organize your closet, it really isn’t that hard to keep it that way if you create a schedule of closet maintenance practices and stick with them. Organizing is a way of thinking and forming good habits as much as it is a physical action. You’ll find as you repeat habits, it becomes like second nature, and you’ll enjoy the benefits that result from your improved closet organizing and maintenance routines.
You may want to check out our huge closet accessories selection, as well as our freedomRail closet systems.
freedomRail pear closet system shown. Photo courtesy of Organized Living