Full House: Clutter Taking Over Many American Homes

Many middle-class American homes are drowning in clutter, with too many unnecessary items taking over most of our storage spaces. Clutter Here, There, and Everywhere A 2012 study by UCLA-affiliated social scientists shows American families have too much stuff, too limited space, and too little time. Families are being overwhelmed by clutter, too busy to take a break in their own backyards, rarely eat dinner together even if family meals are one of their goals, and cannot park their vehicles in the garage because the space is too crammed with non-car stuff. Whether we like to admit it or not, the garage has become a storage space by default. The rise of retail stores selling low cost products at high volumes prompted families to stockpile so much that three out of four garages are too full that these can no longer accommodate cars. Managing this stockpiling issue is overwhelming in many homes that it stresses out the homeowner. Taking Over Storage This doesn’t have to be a problem, though. Stockpiling is perfectly reasonable, especially if you want to save big bucks. The key is to know how to store and manage these products properly. This is the principle behind our storage solutions: it gives you the space you need for all the extra stuff while still letting you use the room however you want. We understand that many families here in Denver love sports. Being a fan of the Nuggets, the Rockies, the Broncos, or any other team, you probably have a lot of sports-related items and memorabilia. With just a few home improvement projects and help from us,...

How to Turn Your Dungeon Into an Actual Garage

Dark and dingy dungeons seldom visited by humankind, tall, narrow corridors covered in filth, and walls with piles of who-knows-what filling almost every crack and crevice—is this a scene from a horror movie? No. It’s a description of one too many garages in America. We all use our garage for many crazy things. Some have workshops in it to pursue their hobbies, while others use it to store lawn tools. The most common thing people use it for is to park their cars, but the question here is this: how is your garage? Is it accessible—or has it fallen victim to the clutter? If you answered the second question with the latter, follow this easy two-step process so you can get your garage back: De-Clutter Like most homeowners, you probably have a few taped up boxes in your garage. Chances are, the entire time you’ve lived in your house, you didn’t even need, want, or miss anything that was in those boxes. Why bother keeping them, then? Try opening them and we bet you’ll only find nothing but Craigslist, thrift shop, or garage sale-worthy stuff. Go through everything else that’s in the garage and keep only what you need. Organize Once you get rid of what you don’t need, it’s time to make better use of the space you (didn’t know you) already have. Look around your space. Are there stacks of containers taking up too much room? Are there tools piled up everywhere? We recommend using wall systems like ours, which are strong and can hold anything you need them to hold. We also recommend Rosseau cabinets, which...

4 Clever Ways to Maximize the Space in Your Garage

Man Cave, Car Pod, Dragon’s Den, you name it. These are just some of the creative ways people use to refer to their garage. But just as there are a lot of inventive names for this secluded area of the house, there are also quite a few clever ways to maximize its space. There are different sizes of garages, from as small as 12’x20’ to as large as 26’x32’. But no matter what size your shed space is, you can make the most of its every inch. With all the clutter of the main house dumped in the garage, it’s just fitting to utilize every space for numerous things found in there. Hang Items on Hooks and Pegboards You’ll know it’s time to reorganize your garage if you have minimal space to walk on. With all the things placed on the floor, it’s just ideal to make use of the other spaces – particularly the walls. Have as many items off the floor using hooks and pegboards, and hang things like hand tools and bags. Use Buckets and Cans for Extra Storage Through those hooks, you can do a lot more space maximizing. You can hang buckets, instead of leaving them in one corner. These buckets can also act as a storage space for smaller items like gloves and some tools. If you have tin cans lying around, put a hole and peg them on the wall for a similar purpose. Build a Makeshift Shelf on the Walls For the heavier things and those that can’t be put up on hooks, you can build shelves on the walls. With...

Fixing Habits: How to Stop Clutter from Coming Back

Imagine spending an entire afternoon cleaning your home or garage, putting away everything and throwing away trash. Once the job is done, you take pride in how much better the place looks, and how easy it is to move around. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last; after just a few weeks, the clutter starts to build up again, and it gradually becomes a complete mess. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? If so, you are like most people who decided to declutter their homes. Keeping a room clean seems to be much harder than cleaning it in the first place. How do you break the constant decluttering cycle? Changing habits is the key to getting rid of clutter for good. If you want to have a clean workspace or home, here are the steps you need to take. Organize your storage – Our storage systems are incredibly handy for organizing your tools and other possessions, but what if you just randomly fill them up with various items? Assign a purpose for each storage space, so you know where everything should go, and what does not belong there. This keeps things clean and organized. Put things away immediately – Have you just finished using a tool? Instead of setting it down on a nearby bench, put it back in its proper place as soon as possible. Procrastinating on putting things away is how items get lost and clutter starts building up. Stop adding more junk – This is arguably the most important step. While getting new stuff is always nice, this also means that you have to find new places to...

Zone It, Own It: 6 Space-Saving Zones Your Garage Should Have

The garage is one of the most over-utilized storage spaces in homes; in most cases, though, it’s just ahuge mess. We usually think of the garage as a place to store bulky items and park our cars, without much thought as to what goes where. “A place for everything and everything in its place”, though, is a saying you need to remember to stay organized. Don’t get stuck—it’s easy. Simply try assigning “zones” to each section of your garage. Here’s a zoning guide that will make you think, “Was my garage always this big?”: The “Need-It-Now” Zone Place the canned goods, dog food, paper towels, and recyclables in the “Need-It-Now” zone. This should be an easy-to-reach area (assign the area near the door), because you’ll be using it for the things you need every day. This is also a great storage area for the things you don’t want taking up so much space in the pantry, such as bulk food items. The Frequently Used Zone The Frequently Used zone should include your outdoor and yard gear. Designate the area near the garage door so you can access brooms, rakes, and bird feed easily when you’re outside. Sports equipment, such as golf clubs and bikes are also great for this area—especially if you’re the type who itches for some outdoor fun. The Transition Zone Jackets, hats, and shoes—these are items you grab and take off when going in and out of the house. Designate an area for them just across the “Need-It-Now” zone near the door. This area should be a natural transition zone, a spot to grab your stuff...