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10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Garage Storage Organization - Before and After

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Regardless of what the groundhog said, spring is well on its way and being prepared is our only chance at staying on top of things. One of the best places to start your spring preparation is the garage. You’ve got your gardening tools, bikes, and other equipment that are vital for spring weather. Here are 10 spring garage organization tips for tackling and organizing that often ignored space.

  10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

1. Get Some Help: Recruit your kids, family members, or friends to help you work on the space. Depending on the workload, garage organizing can be a bit intimidating all alone. Make lunch for your helpers or give them refreshments for their hard work.

2. Designate: You need to determine what goes where and keep it that way. Garden tools go in the back left corner, while snowboard equipment goes in the front left, etc. This way you won’t lose things because you know where they’re supposed to be.

3. Label: Don’t be afraid to print out some labels and stick them on drawers, shelves, and boxes. It’s better to be over organized than the opposite!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

4. Different Size Boxes: Find the right size boxes or containers that’s appropriate for the item. If you have a bunch of screws, find a small size container to put them in. Find a big box or bin to fill with sports equipment.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

5. Invest in Shelving: You’ll be surprised at how much space is revealed when you find some good, sturdy shelving to install. Not only will you be able to store your things off the ground, but you can hang things too!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

6. Take Breaks: I know the key may be to get it done as fast as possible, but if you need a break, take it! When you start getting tired, things start getting harder and the work will seem aggravating. Take a step back and take the time to regroup.

7. By Season: If your equipment is out of season, you can store it high above using overhead racks to get it out of the way until next year. This will allow more access to your frequently used items that season.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

8. Do You Need It: Determine if it’s something you’ll really be using. If those roller blades have been sitting in your garage for the past 10 years without being touched, it’s probably time to get rid of them.

9. Be Charitable: Instead of throwing things in the garbage, make a pile to give to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other thrift store. Someone else will find use out of what you think is junk.

10. Reward Yourself: Once that garage is looking spiffy, treat yourself to a nice meal or a new manicure, or something that you love!

Garage Storage Organization - Monkey bar SolutionGetting your garage spring ready isn’t too hard. With these 10 spring garage organization tips, a little help and a bit of motivation, your garage will be looking spotless in no time! For more information and tips, visit http://www.garagesolutionsstlouis.com/.

Guest Post Written By Madison Aki in support of Garage Solutions of St Louis, a Monkey Bars Authorized Dealer.

Entryway Book Case

Entryway Book Case

Hi everyone, sorry I did not post yesterday, we had a laundry room dilemma, but the good news is we have another blog post out of the problem, so all is right with the world!  😉

Today’s post will show you how Curt and I have been working hard on a new entryway book case going into the entryway of our new Villa home built by F & F Homes here in St Louis.  When you enter the front door, there was a large wall/door system leading down to the basement.  We had F&F Homes remove this wall/door when we bought the unit (our’s was the model villa) to open up the entryway.  Once down, it left a large blank wall, and 8×8 ledge along the back side going down the stairs to our finished basement area.

Hello I Live Here - The blank entryway

Every day one of us passed this space and yelled out – “we really need something on this wall.”  Finally, the idea came to me, we drew a plan and started the process to fill this blank, but lovely canvas.  What could be better than some extra storage – Right?

1.  After we completed the plan, we took a trip to our favorite place, Home Depot, (we should have upfront parking by now  with our name on it), and strolled the wood isles.  We purchased 3/4″ PureBond Plywood (http://purebondplywood.com/).  We love this wood because it’s a product that’s Eco-friendly and promotes healthy indoor air quality with no formaldehyde.  We also purchased Select Pine 1×2’s and 1×4’s, Kreg screws, and used our Ryobi Nail gun and screw drivers.

Hello I Live Here - the lumber Hello I Live Here - the lumber

2.  You will also need a Craftsman table, circular, miter Saw, Black and Decker mouse sander, Ryobi nail and screw drivers, Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and our saving grace, our Little Giant Ladder system.  Make sure your batteries are fully charged for your Ryobi tools -there is nothing worse than running out of battery life in the middle of a project.  😉

3.  We cut all the wood to fit our opening (an 8×8 square) – blank canvas about to be constructed.

4.  Next, we measured and cut our 1×2 stringers and attached them briefly to the studs with 2″ nails.  This will form the frame for our Entryway Book Case.  We then used wood screws to attach the stringers to the studs.  This was all reached using our Little Giant Ladder to keep us safe on the stairway.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header  Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header

5.  We next ripped PureBond plywood into 8″ pieces for the top, bottom and sides.  The top and bottom were secured by nailing to the 1×2’s.   We caulked all the open gaps after adhering with 1 3/8″nails.

Hello I Live Here - The bottom frame Hello I Live Here - The Entryway Book Case Framework Hello I Live Here - Chaulk the Entryway Book Case

6.  When the frame was complete, we used our Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to place pocket hole into both the top and bottom of the PureBond used to construct the center for shelving.  We then attached with Kreg screws.  We also mounted to studs in the back wall.  We decided to mount shelves as were were going along just encase we needed to remeasure any of the openings.

Hello I Live Here - Kreg the shelves

7.  To ensure each shelf was equally spaced us cut four scrap stringers using the remaining PureBond, each 21″.  We held the stringers temporarily in place using a small wood scrap and our trusty Irwin clamp.  We rested the shelf on the stringers and used a level for accuracy.  It turned out we had one shelf (there’s always one), not level, just off a small amount.  To level, we shimmed by placing a quarter and a small tag under each side and leveled.  It worked like a charm.  A girl trick but you’re welcome to use it 😉  We continued the process until we had all the shelves mounted.

Hello I Live Here - Using stringers for accurate shelf spacing Hello I Live Here - Attaching the columnsHello I Live Here - Attaching the shelves Hello I Live Here - Attaching the shelves

8.  Each row of shelves were cut using a Craftsman Miter Saw.  The first three rows were cut using a guide stop to ensure a consistent shelf length.  The final row of shelves were measured one by one, just in case there was a slight adjustment (which there was).  We used Irwin clamps and scrap wood to hold the shelf in place prior to attaching with Kreg screws.  Then we trimmed our Entryway Book Case using Select Pine 1×2′ s.  The top was trimmed using 1×4’s and attached with nails using our Ryobi nail battery operated nail gun (she does have power).  We chose 1×4 trim because we plan to add crown molding in the future.  We then stood back and admired our handy work before going on to the finish work and we got to painting.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header trim Hello I Live Here - Attaching the trim

9. Before we started painting we made sure we filled every nail and screw hole with wood filler and caulked the gaps.  Kreg holes are deep and take extra wood filler, so I came up with system.  I took a baggie that you would use to frost a cake, and filled it with 3 large scoops of Elmer’s Wood putty.  I then cut the end just like you would with frosting, and placed the edge into the holed areas.  Squeeze, fill, and use a putty knife to scrape the excess.  No fuss, no mess, easy clean up,–our patent on this procedure is pending :).

Hello I Live Here - Fill the Kreg hole Hello I Live Here - Fill the Kreg hole

10.  Once all the prep was completed, and sanded,  we used Behr Marquee Paint and Primer in Polar Bear White.  To make the Entryway Bookcase stand out, we painted the inside wall to the butter yellow we had left from our villa being built (thank you F&F Homes for leaving us the extra paint behind-another great customer service provided!)

Hello I Live Here - Painting the Entryway Book Case Hello I Live Here - Painting the Entryway Book Case

Over all, a pretty easy build of about 12 hours including prep and paint!

The result, a beautiful, useful entryway.  Storage it’s a great thing, but even better when it becomes a functional, and helps raise your properties value!  The price you ask, total, no kidding $195!  That’s right – under $200.  🙂 We were told by a company who gave us a bid that if we had them install the shelving, we would pay a good $1,500 – Doing it ourselves saved us a whopping $1305!  That’s right readers, sticker shock can make you a DIYer in no time 😉

Hello I Live Here - Finished Product - The Entryway Book Case   Hello I Live Here - Finished Product - The Entryway Book Case

Well, that’s our post for today.  Hope you enjoyed our Entryway Book Case – Happy Building and thanks for stopping by!

-LC