8 Tips for Max­i­miz­ing Garage Stor­age

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY -

(StatePoint) Most peo­ple are pressed for garage space, re­gard­less of the size of their house, from DIYers over­whelmed with tools to moms search­ing for places to store hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions.

Toter, a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of carts, cans and con­tain­ers for use in a wide range of home and work waste man­age­ment and stor­age so­lu­tions, is of­fer­ing the fol­low­ing tips for mak­ing more of pre­cious garage space.

-Keep trash in its place: To keep trash and odors con­tained, select a mo­bile trash cart with a tight­fit­ting lid that’s com­pat­i­ble with your haulers’ pickup re­quire­ments and comes with a war­ranty. Some man­u­fac­tur­ers also of­fer cart and can lin­ers and de­odor­iz­ers to keep your garage smelling fresh.

-In­vest in a multi-pur­pose job box. Most peo­ple tend to have the wrong size tool­box for their needs. Con­sider the shape, ca­pac­ity and com­part­ments needed for your tools. Rolling op­tions are great for work done only at home, while a job box may be bet­ter for those who do work else­where. If porta­bil­ity is im­por­tant, look at lighter-weight op­tions. New plas­tic job boxes, such as the Toter HardHead, com­bine the strength, dura­bil­ity and se­cu­rity of a large metal box with en­hanced ma­neu­ver­abil­ity.

-Build up, not out: Ceil­ing stor­age racks are an ex­cel­lent way to use what would oth­er­wise be dead space. Many racks are de­signed to fit di­rectly above the area where an au­to­matic door goes up and down. Peg boards for tools and stack­able totes are also good choices.

-Choose mul­ti­pur­pose stor­age: Needs can change over time, so in­vest in stor­age that can be used for a va­ri­ety of items in mul­ti­ple ways. For ex­am­ple, large, durable totes can hold lawn gear, tools or camp­ing equip­ment.

-Think mo­bil­ity: Be­ing able to move con­tain­ers within the garage is im­por­tant. How­ever, the abil­ity to move them into your ve­hi­cle and hit the road quickly also makes life a lot eas­ier.

Ac­cord­ing to Jenif­fer Coates, di­rec­tor of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and war­ranty for Toter, “Heavy metal con­tain­ers are dif­fi­cult to move, and cheap plas­tic bins are of­ten too flimsy to stand up to long-term or out­door use. Con­sumers will get the most mileage from durable, im­pact-re­sis­tant plas­tic con­tain­ers.” These can cost a bit more up­front, but will stand the test of time.

-Pro­tect items: Mois­ture and pests cause prob­lems in even the clean­est garage. Look for durable stor­age con­tain­ers with tight-fit­ting, crit­ter-re­sis­tant lids.

-Cat­e­go­rize: As­sign and color-code ded­i­cated ar­eas for each type of item -- tools, dec­o­ra­tions, lawn equip­ment, etc. -- to avoid the hassle of search­ing.

-Al­low room to grow. While it can be tempt­ing to stuff ev­ery square inch, try to leave room for fu­ture ad­di­tions. To en­sure ev­ery­thing de­serves the space it’s oc­cu­py­ing, do a yearly purge of un­needed or un­used items.

For more in­for­ma­tion on find­ing the right stor­age so­lu­tions for your needs, visit toter.com/stor­ages­o­lu­tions.

428 South Wall St. • Cal­houn, GA 30701 cal­houn­fur­ni­ture­store@ gmail. com • 706- 629- 5677

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