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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...

Why Auto Repair Shops Need to be Well Organized

Most automobile repair shops come in two flavors. They are either impeccably organized and clean, or chaotic messes where you have to constantly watch your step. If your garage is anything like the latter, it is time for some serious cleaning. But what exactly is the problem with a cluttered garage? Even if you don’t think it’s a high priority, there are plenty of compelling reasons to organize your garage immediately. Set aside a day or two for this, and it will be time well spent. Preventing tool loss and damage – As professional mechanics, your team likely takes pride in using only the best tools available. But that also means that any lost or damaged equipment will cost you dearly to replace. By storing them properly, you avoid having to buy the same wrench or screwdriver over and over again. Minimizing injury risk –How often have you tripped over something or stepped on a pointed object in your garage? Many people get injured in garages due to tripping, and you might not get off with just a light bruise or scrape either. The best way to prevent this is by ensuring that there is nothing to trip over in the first place. Eliminating inefficiencies –If you have ever spent an hour searching for a specific tool to proceed with the job, you should know how important an organized workplace is. When everything has a proper place, you will never have to waste valuable time searching for a missing item. Presenting a good image – Last but not least, garages that are disorganized look far more unreliable to customers....

The Science Behind Less Clutter, Better Productivity

When it comes to productivity, most people like to say ‘to each their own’. Some people work better surrounded by clutter, but for the majority, they are more efficient when things are where they should be. The reason behind this is because when everything is in place (you know where things are and where they go), your actions are more streamlined. Science has the facts to back this up, and if you’re still looking for a push to work with us, this is probably it. Clutter and Productivity A 2011 study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute discussed the relationship between clutter and a person’s ability to concentrate and process information. Results suggest that an unorganized space, whether in the home or office, makes it difficult for one to focus on a task. It said that “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In English, when you work in a space with a lot of clutter, the chaos affects your ability to focus. Even if you can finish the work, it will likely take you more time because there are a lot of distractions present. The mess also limits your ability to process information. Because of the many stimuli in the environment, you’ll have a tendency to look at more than one thing at once, which means more items to process. More Stimuli, More Distractions The disorganization of the environment competes for your attention in the same way babies...

Why It Pays to Organize Your Home

Our home is our haven. That’s where we feel most comfortable, and after a long day at work, it’s what we look forward to. This is where our refuge is, our little place to get away from the demands of life. That’s why we want it as “homely” as possible. Whether through renovation or redecoration, we find ways that help us feel that sense of familiarity and relaxation. One thing that doesn’t help in achieving that is clutter. It has a way of making a home feel cramped, disorganized and dirty. It already pays to clean it up alone, but what else makes organizing worth our time and effort? Here are five other ways an orderly home benefits our lives: More Time and Space for Yourself It’s better to have one big cleanup than to do small tidying activities every single day. That way, you have more time to devote to your hobbies and more space for you to move about. Less Financial Stress An organized home means everything is in place. Whenever we need scissors, extension cords or the cable bill for this month, we’ll find it in its own compartment. No need to buy another one or have another late payment on your record. Better Health What we don’t need in our homes is another source of stress. Daily life has enough of that. With an organized space, you’re less likely to miss medications and more probable to exercise and eat healthy. Minimizes Conflicts If you live with somebody else, organizing goes a long way in minimizing conflict between you. Notlosing items, never missing appointments, and not...

Organize With Different Accessories For All Your Things

Allowing the professionals to assist you in your organization chore can be a big load off your back. Once the ideas get laid out with the homeowner the professionals can get to work. All that clutter, junk can now be cleaned up and organized. It opens up a lot of additional storage space by simply getting things off the floor in cabinets or on slot wall with hooks and accessories. Things are off the floor and on the wall, up and out of the way. With the rubberized powder coated locking hooks, things that are small or large, including full size extension ladders can be securely placed with little chance of it accidentally falling off if bumped. People love to use clear plastic bins but what is even better is a clear metal basket that can hold a lot of weight and still have easy access to the items. Plus, they look really good on the wall system. You can categorize your items and have them in the baskets for ease of use. Each of your items can have their own baskets keeping you organized. There are accessory hooks to store power cords, chairs, hoses or just about anything you can think of. Separate baskets, shelves and hooks can be set in one area to have all of your gardening tools easily accessible when you need them. OnTrack Wall Solutions works with the homeowner to lay out exactly what they have in mind. We always want to emphasize people buy new things and when they do the wall can be changed to their liking. Turn the cam lock, move...

Maximize Your Storage Even In an Apartment, Townhome or Condo

Whether you live in a house that doesn’t have a garage or perhaps you live in an apartment, a townhome or a condo, this may be as good as your storage gets, if you’re lucky. This is a great under-the-stairs closet. The only problem is is that the homeowner is a sports enthusiast and, as you can see, he is lacking in his organizational skills and he doesn’t have a spot to put all of his sports equipment. That’s what we’re going to try to do, is transform this closet into a storage solution for him and help him get organized. The first step is to mark the studs. It’s a little tricky to cut out the angles in a closet like this so make sure that you take your time getting your measurements correct. Once the panels are secure, we can start hanging the hardware for our shelves, baskets and hooks. Take a look at how great our closet turned out. Isn’t this perfect? Not only is this a sports enthusiasts dream but it’s an organization-freak like myself, it’s a dream. I could think of a gazillion things we could put in this closet. Remember the stuff that we had in here before? It was on the floor, it was in the way, you’re probably tripping getting in and out of the closet. Now we’ve got everything up off the floor. The bicycle we’ve left on the floor and wheeled all the way back to the closet just so it was out of our way. It’s great too because seasonally you can swap things out, like all of...