Storage Tips for the Garage

If you aren’t taking advantage of garage storage opportunities you’re missing out. It’s easy to de-clutter and transform your garage into a well-organized space that does as good of a job storing your tools and sports equipment as it does storing your car.

Below are our suggestions for easy garage door storage solutions. Most of these ideas can come to fruition within a day, so you can have an organized garage in no time.

Declutter. Take a cue from Marie Kondo and toss out anything that you aren’t using. Place everything in a pile in the driveway, or anywhere outside of the garage, and then carefully consider what you want to do with each item.

Before you begin, have a game plan that includes an eBay profile should you decide to sell items on that platform. If you’re donating items to a thrift store do it immediately, and if people are picking up items you’re parting with, have them do it ASAP. The key here is not to give yourself any time to have second thoughts, because if you do, the items are liable to go back into the garage again.

Clean. With everything cleared out of the garage, now is the time to deep clean the space. Start with the ceiling, removing all cobwebs and dust, wipe down the walls and floor, and gently wash the garage door avoiding any garage door parts.

Add pegboard. Once your garage is clean and decluttered, it’s time to start adding storage solutions. One of the most inexpensive and easiest ways to add storage to your garage is with pegboard installed on a wall. You can find pegboard at your local home improvement store. Add wire brackets to hang tools, gardening equipment and other items you need within easy reach.

Install a fold-up table. It’s easy to transform your garage into a multifunctional space. One of the fastest ways is to install a fold-up table. Attach the table to a wall and fold it down when you need to do a little work.

Use it to lay out tools while you’re gardening or while you work on your car. You could even open up the garage door and use the folding table food and drinks during a backyard party (which is a great way to have fun while social distancing).

Use home organizers. Any organizer you use in the home can also be used in the garage, especially if you get creative. Check out IKEA for inexpensive yet durable cabinets designed for bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens and use them in the garage instead. Shoe and closet organizers work great in the garage as well.

Consider the ceiling. Don’t forget that you can create storage on the garage ceiling, too. Add a shelf system high on the wall for seasonal items like holiday decorations or hang wire shelves from the ceiling. Note: You’ll want to measure your space first to gauge how much room you really have.

Need a more elaborate storage system for your garage? Give the team at All Island Garage Doors a call. We have been helping homeowners choose the best storage system for their garage for decades and we’re happy to help you choose the best for your garage, too.

June is Garage Door Safety Month

It’s one of your home’s hardest working doors, and at 100-600 pounds, it’s also the heaviest door in your home by far. We’re talking, of course, about your garage door. Considering its weight, not to mention all its hardware required to make it operate correctly – like pulleys and springs that perform under extreme tension – it’s important to understand and practice garage door safety.

June is Garage Door Safety Month.  Below are five important ways to practice garage door safety, now and throughout the year.

Garage doors are not a toy

Many children find garage doors to be pretty impressive, and while we tend to agree, it’s imperative to teach your kids that garage doors are not toys. Keep a close eye on your little ones anytime you open and close the garage door.

Make sure children keep their hands away from the door, garage door springs and other type of hardware. The same goes for the garage door opener. It can be fun to open and close the garage door from a smartphone or another type of remote, but it should never be done for amusement.

Leave the repairs to professionals

While regular, simple garage door maintenance like cleaning, lubricating, and painting your garage door is fine to do on your own, you’ll want to leave garage door repairs to us. Attempting to fix garage door springs and pulleys is especially dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Never race the garage door

While the garage door is in motion, you should always steer clear and avoid being directly under it. Make sure you can control your garage door and know how to pause it just in case you find yourself under it while it’s closing.

Keep up on regular inspections

Whenever you hear creaking, crunching, rattling, or any other unusual noise coming from your garage door, you’ll want to call a professional to pinpoint the source of the sound and make the necessary repairs. Additionally, you should have your garage door inspected by a technician once every year to make sure the hardware and the garage door itself are safe to operate.

Understand your garage door system

Know where the emergency release feature is located on your garage door. To ensure your safety, read the door’s manual as well as those for your garage door opener system.  Make sure you have a clear understanding of how your garage door system operates, so you can better gauge when there’s a potential problem or safety hazard.

Have a garage door safety concern? If you do, don’t wait. Contact the team at All Island Garage Door and schedule an appointment. We’ll check the garage door thoroughly to make sure it’s safe for you and your family.