Garage Organization

Garage organization is our specialty here at Monkey Bar Storage. Check out all our articles and videos about getting your garage organized. You will find tips on how to organize garage items and overcome the challenges of garage storage.

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Garage Organizing Tips Spring 2013

spock : May 14, 2013 10:08 am : blog

Garage Organizing Tips

The garage is sometimes described as the 21st century elephant burial ground, “stuff goes in; but stuff never comes out”. If this sounds like your garage, here are 3 tips to help you get started on your garage organization.

Purge The Junk: The best way to go through all of the items in your garage is to pull every item out into your yard.  This will help you decide if you need it and if you have room for it. Basically anything you haven’t used within the last 12 months should be donated. If you have a hard time parting with things, ask a friend to be there during this part of your garage organization process. Having a person to be responsible to and a second judgment will help you get rid of the items you truly don’t need. Once this is finished grab a broom and a mop and get started on cleaning the floor of your garage.

Rethink Your Space: In order to keep your garage organized you need to know what exactly you are trying to use the space for. Do you simply want it to park your cars or would you like to use part of it for a work out space? Once you have decided what you would like your garage to be used for, designate the space into zones.  By doing this you will know where things belong and the limits of the volume. If anything doesn’t fit into it’s zone, it should be donated. Then use a different color for each zone to help your family visually differentiate between areas. For example, lets say you want a work out space, a tool area, and a place to park your car.  You would paint your pegboard for tools orange, and the work out area blue.

Everything Off The Floor: When you get all of your items off the floor there is no chance of having your items slowly creep into other parts of your garage, creating an unorganized mess. Instead, keep things off the floor with Shelving or Cabinets and store things vertically.  Vertical storage is keeping your long-term storage (seasonal items) up higher, and short-term items or everyday items lower. If you have storage that is bulkier like camping gear or holiday décor Overhead Storage is the best way to store these. Once you have organized everything into long-term and short-term start placing all of your items in their new spots and zones.

Once you are finished, the transformation will be more then satisfactory. Don’t let your garage be an elephant burial ground any longer and get started on your garage organization today!

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Spring Cleaning

spock : January 25, 2013 10:51 am : blog

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cleaning suppliesIf spring cleaning is on your to-do list here are a few tips to help you along. Start with the basics (wipe down the counters, clean the toilet, vacuum the carpet, wash your bed sheets and comforter, etc.) and then move on to tackle those harder-to-reach nooks and crannies where dust collects. After that, go the extra mile and get to cleaning those often ignored home spots, such as the area under and behind the fridge. Still not sure where to start? Check out our list of spring cleaning tips.

Kitchen

  1. Wipe down the freezer. Clear out the contents, and clean it with a solution of one to two tablespoons of baking soda and one-quart hot water.

2. Soak all oven knobs, burners, burner covers and spill catchers in hot water with dish soap. Clean the oven and stove, then rinse the soaking items and replace them.

3. If possible, pull out the stove and refrigerator and sweep and mop behind them.

4. Clean all small appliances like toasters, blenders and coffeemakers.

5. Clean refrigerator coils. It will boost energy efficiency, saving you money in the long run.

6. Sweep and mop the floor.

7. Throw out any expired products from the cabinets and refrigerator.

8. Pour hot water down the sink drain to clear out any drain sludge.

Bathroom

1. Take medicine cabinet inventory. Throw away anything that’s expired.

2. Clean the fan and vent.

3. Wash the shower curtain.

4. Donate old and worn towels to your nearest animal shelter, like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

5. De-scum the showerhead. If you can easily remove the head, soak it in a pot of one part-vinegar and one-part water and bring it to a simmer for 20 minutes. Then, brush off any deposits with a toothbrush. If your showerhead is not a removable fixture, pour hot water and vinegar into a zip-lock bag and secure it around the showerhead with durable tape, like painter’s tape. Let it soak for eight hours, then brush off any remaining deposit particles with a toothbrush.

6. Scrub the sink, toilet and tub.

7. Clean mirrors and any windows using a mixture of vinegar & water.

8. Pour boiling water down the drain to clear out any sludge.

Bedroom

1. Flip over your mattress. This will even out the weight and maximize its lifespan.

2. Wash the pillows. Most pillows, whether they’re down or polyester, can be cleaned in your washing machine; just double-check the label. Place two pillows maximum per wash cycle and use a mild detergent. Make sure to thoroughly dry down and feather pillows using, since dampness can lead to mold. Dry synthetic pillows on low heat and add a couple of tennis balls covered in cleans socks to refluff the pillows.

3. Empty dressers and cabinets and use a vacuum attachment to suck up any loose particles.

4. Wash bedding you don’t normally wash like the mattress pad, bed skirt, and comforter. Most bedding can be machine-washed with cold water and mild soap and dried on low heat in the dryer. However, some down comforters need to be professionally dry cleaned. This will be indicated on the care label.

5. Clean blinds by using a vacuum attachment and sliding it across the blinds from top to bottom. Then, dip a clean cloth in soapy water, wring it out, and spot clean any stains. Dab with a clean cloth to dry.

6. Machine-wash, or, if necessary, dry clean, window drapes and panels. Also, consider switching out thick window treatments with a lighter fabric.

Closets

1. Take closet inventory. Go through each article one by one to determine if you should keep, donate or toss something.

2. Store winter clothing to make more room for spring and summer wear.

3. Label storage boxes & totes.

4. Organize your clothing.

4. Dust the shelves.

5. Sweep and mop the floor.

Living room

1. Dust display shelves. Remove everything from the shelves, dust the surface, and then dust each item before replacing it.

2. Shampoo or steam clean the rugs. No matter how much you spot-clean and vacuum, there still might be stained fibers that can make your carpets look dingy. A deep clean will brighten everything up. But because antique and Oriental rugs have delicate fibers, they require professional cleaning.

3. Machine-wash or dry clean the drapes as instructed on their care labels. And, keep in mind that many natural-fiber fabrics can be washed at home.

4. Vacuum and, if necessary, spot clean all your furniture and chairs.

5. Dust inside of lamps.

6. Clean off the TV screen by simply wiping it down with a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with distilled water — you’ll be surprised at how much clearer the picture will be!

7. Remove any items that shouldn’t be there ( i.e. shoes ) and put them  in their correct storage place.

General

1. Polish your wood and metal hardware, from doorknobs to towel rods.

2. Dust around all wall art and photographs.

3. Wipe down every light switch.

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Wintertime

spock : November 27, 2012 11:26 pm : blog

Wintertime

Time to get your car in the garage!

 

This is the time to get your garage organized before the first snow flies and while you have all your Christmas items out!

I’m sure you would like to be able to have room for your car or cars in the garage and still have the room to have all your items organized and stored. Now is the time to think about having a system installed in your garage so that when its time to put all of your Christmas lights and trimmings away you will still be able to park your cars in the garage so you wont have to be out in the elements scraping the snow and ice off of them.

We at Monkey Bars can help you by providing you with

the correct system or systems and installing them for you so that you can regain the space in your garage for all your items.

Please call and schedule for a free estimate.

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Summer Equipment

spock : September 24, 2012 9:15 pm : blog

It’s that time of the year again, the days aren’t quite as hot and the air seems to feel a little crisper. Summer is coming to an end, and along with the end of the summer comes papers, backpacks,and books. The school year can get hectic and organization is the key to staying sane.

The first issue to address is storing the summer equipment. Here are a few tips on where to store everything.

• Using wall space in your garage as storage: Wall space is a great way to keep things off the limited space on the ground. You can use hooks to hang up your gardening tools, Overhead storage racks for plastic totes, and shelf racks for storing sports equipment.

• Adding garage cabinets: Using a garage cabinet is a great way to organize things that are more everyday items. During the fall and winter, garage cabinets can be used to store boots, sports equipment, and many other things. This is also a great place to store items that are mostly used during summer but occasionally get used during other seasons as well.

• Protecting outdoor furniture: Many people will store their outdoor furniture in their garage or basement. Before doing this be sure that the furniture is clean and dry. Read the manufacturers instructions for cleaning and check for any mold or mildew.

Now that you have summer stored away, its time to find a place for all those papers, backpacks, and shoes

• Have places for everything: When everything has a place it becomes easier for you and your children to stay organized. You can do this by using baskets or drawers that have clear labels telling what goes in them.

• Create a “Drop Zone”: Creating a specific place in your home for shoes, backpacks, and jackets will help keep your home clutter free. The best place to put this is by an entrance so it’s the first thing that your children do when home.

• Conquer the paper pile: Set up a basic home filing system to track school paper work, volunteer work, and household planning. Staying organized during the school year doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep things simple and easy to understand and you will be on your way to a great stress free year!

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DOES YOUR GARAGE LAUNDRY ROOM NEED A FACELIFT?

spock : August 17, 2012 6:04 pm : blog

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Did you know that we spend more time doing laundry than we do in the bathroom? Well, if you are the designated clothes washer of the home, you are probably well aware of this fact. Americans spend an average of five to eight hours every week sorting, spot removing, soaking, washing, drying and folding our wardrobes. While bathroom remodels and upgrades that turn them into bona fide spas are common, many of us are still dealing with a laundry area that looks like it came out of the stone ages. Okay, well maybe not the stone ages, but you get the idea.If your washer and dryer is in your garage, chances are good that your laundry room doesn’t look anything like the lovely photo in the appliance catalog. When you wash clothes, you are standing in a gray, concrete abyss, separated from the rest of the home. Unfortunately, this just makes all the hours we spend doing laundry even more unpleasant. So, what’s the solution? With a little bit of effort, you can create an inviting laundry area, one that you’ll actually enjoy. Laundry Room Makeover.

• First assess the area. If it needs to be cleaned or decluttered, you’ll have to get this out of the way first.

• Next on the agenda is storage. Garage storage shelving installed on the same wall as your appliances will provide easy access to detergents, bleach, starch, spot removers, and other laundry items.

• Garage hooks are the perfect addition to your garage storage shelving. Hooks can give your ironing board, your garment steamer, and other bulky items their own place, up off the garage floor.

• Hang one or two garment bars from the ceiling. These is a must have for any garage laundry area. Two bars are better than one so you’ll have one for hanging clothing fresh out of the dryer and the other for hanging items once they’ve been pressed. A garment bar can even hang directly over the utility sink, if you have one. This makes a perfect place to hang clothing that needs to drip dry.

• Shelving above the utility sink. While we’re on the topic of the utility sink, a shelf directly above the sink is the perfect place for scrub brushes and stain removers. This especially comes in handy for the athletic family, since sports gear and uniforms often need to be treated, scrubbed, and soaked to remove grass stains, mud, and other stains.

• Desk and chair. Since you’re already making your laundry room more homey, you may have enough room for a desk and chair in the direct vicinity. Instead of just standing there waiting for the rinse cycle to start so you can add the fabric softener, why not have a seat, clip a few coupons or check your Facebook status?

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Garage Organization Tips

spock : July 18, 2012 4:55 pm : blog

Garage Organization

Simple Ways to Clean Your Garage:
Start by taking everything out of your garage and sweep the area clean. It is extremely difficult to effectively clean an area if you constantly have to move items back and forth.

Next, arrange the items into 3 piles: Keep, Donate, Garbage. Not sure how to determine if you want to keep something or donate it? The general rule of thumb is that if you haven’t touched it in 6 months, then you don’t need it. Remember, you are ultimately paying money to store something you are not sure you even want or need.

After you have the items into individual piles, it is time to organize and categorize them. Place all “like items” together. Go to the store and pick up plastic tubs, open bins, boxes, whatever you would like to use to house your belongings. Sports items such as balls and accessories can be stored very easily in our Monkey Bars Sports Bag. Christmas decorations should go into color coded totes with locking lids to keep the contents inside, and bugs out. Household cleaning items can be stored for easy access in buckets and smaller clear plastic bins that allow you to see exactly what you need.
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After this step, it is time to put everything back into the space neatly. You should have an organizational plan in place noting where to put everything. Specific items such as cleaning supplies should be stored close to the house where they can be reached easily and brought inside. Bikes, kids toys, and sporting equipment is best stored near the
front of the garage so that they can be accessed easily without having to move your car.
Place seasonal items up and out-of-the-way, or in the back of cabinets/shelves so that they don’t interfere with items you need more often.

The last step is the most important and often the most ignored. UP-KEEP!! This means actually putting the items back where they belong after you have used them. This is the single most important thing that a homeowner can do to guarantee a clean and organized space. Spending just a few minutes picking up at the end of a job or during the day will save you a lot of frustration and time searching for “lost” items.

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  1. I called for an estimate to get our three car garage in order! Mr. McNeal did an outstanding job 3 days later! He started and finished in one 10 hour day and the results are amazing! I am very happy with the product and the service and would recommend Mr. McNeal and the Monkey bar system to anyone! Great quality and service!
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