Now that it’s officially summer it’s time to get serious about following through with your summer project plans. Whether those projects consist of cleaning out your closets, reorganizing your pantry, or cleaning up your computer’s hard drive, you’ll feel much better once they’re done. If you aren’t sure what project to take on this summer, consider doing a complete garage reorganization. For many homeowners in the Sarasota area, the garage is often an overlooked part of the home. Here at More Space Place, we can help you achieve a garage organization and storage system that works perfectly for your needs.
Purge & Clean
The first step in reorganizing your garage is to clean everything out. You likely have a lot of things in there you no longer use or need. Go through all your belongings and separate them into various collections of what you want to keep, sell, donate, and throw out. Once you have your items narrowed down, you will have an idea of what will be going back into your garage, which will help dictate what your custom garage storage system will look like.
Design Your Storage System
At More Space Place Sarasota, we offer free in-home consultations where we come out and measure your space, as well as discuss various storage options and strategies with you. A custom solution results in the best possible fit every time because it’s designed and built around your specific needs and lifestyle. You’ll have many different components to choose from, including built-in shelving, slat walls, workbenches, cabinetry, hooks, and more!
You’ll likely have things to get rid of once you’ve cleaned out your garage. The summer is a perfect time to have a garage sale. You can also make it a fun family event by getting everyone involved, which will also make it less work for you. If you have kids, consider helping them set up a lemonade stand to accompany the garage sale. Beat the heat by getting an early start. Whatever doesn’t sell you can donate to a local charity.
Once you clean and organize your garage, you’ll be so happy you did! Contact More Space Place Sarasota today to schedule a free in-home consultation. We’ll help you build the ideal storage solution for your garage that’s designed around your needs.
How do you feel about the current state of your garage? Are you happy with the way it’s organized? Are you able to find what you need? Is there room for you to park you car? If you answered no to any or all of those questions, you’ve come to the right place. More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte specializes in creating smart custom solutions to all your storage needs, including those in your garage. If you’ve never considered a custom storage solution for this area of your home, we’re here to share with you some of the ways in which it can truly transform your space.
Keep Track of Your Belongings
It’s incredibly common for a home’s garage to become the dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a place inside the house. This includes holiday decorations, old clothes or toys your kids have grown out of, hobby equipment, or other things you either don’t use often or don’t use at all. With all the clutter, it’s easy to lose track of the things you do need. Custom cabinetry and shelving can be a great way to help you organize your items in a way that makes sense to you that will help you keep track of them better.
More Floor Space
Getting things off the floor and into storage spaces leaves room for the things that actually belong on the ground–things like your car! If you haven’t been able to park inside your garage because there’s too much stuff, we can help change that. Utilizing organizational solutions, such as adjustable shelving, hanging racks, and workbenches, can transform your space into something that both looks great and functions the way you need it to.
Keep Things In Better Shape
A common issue with cluttered garages is the tendency for things to get dirty or broken. If items don’t have a safe and secure place to be stored, they can easily get damaged. By customizing a storage solution around your available space, you guarantee a perfect fit. Designing your storage components around your personal storage needs ensures that everything has a place.
Another way in which custom storage can transform your garage is by making all of your items easily accessible. No more climbing on top of boxes to reach other boxes or having to dig through old dusty bins to get to what you need. With everything arranged in a strategic and sensible way, you’ll be able to quickly find what you’re looking for and access it with ease.
To learn more about how More Space Place can help you transform your garage into an attractive and functional space, contact us about a free in-home consultation. Give us a call or visit one of our showrooms in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, or Port Charlotte today!
Are you transitioning to a position where you can work remotely? Or are you getting ready to start your own business? Whatever the case may be, you might be looking at your home and trying to figure out where to work. If you don’t have a spare room in your home to devote to a home office, consider getting creative. With help from More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, you can transform your garage into the perfect home office!
The first step in getting your garage ready for your home office is to thoroughly clean out the space. Go through those decade-old toys, tools, and holiday decorations, and weed out what you don’t need. To really get organized, consider letting our experts help you design a custom shelving system. Our units will corral all of your tools and extraneous items to organize your garage to meet your unique specifications. Once you’ve cleaned out your space, you’ll be ready to set up your home office!
Make it Comfortable
Garages, especially those without any windows, can sometimes feel dark and claustrophobic. Brighten up your space with various forms of lighting. Using a combination of standing and hanging lamps will create a visually dynamic and fun space. You can also paint the walls a bright color to liven up your area and disguise the concrete of an unfinished garage.
Another way to brighten and warm your space is to add some area rugs. This will help to insulate your garage and make it more comfortable. Since garages can get cold in the winter and overheated in the summer, space heaters and fans will be helpful for controlling the temperature in your office.
It’s important to make sure that your garage is hooked up to meet your technological needs. Ensure you have access to speedy wifi and a phone line, and make sure there are enough outlets to accommodate computer cords, printers, fans, and other electronics.
Tailor the Space
Depending on your specific business, there are a number of customizations you may need to make to fit your needs. For example, you might need to create additional sitting areas for visitors, or set up dividing panels to provide an element of privacy while working.
A great way to tailor your space to your unique specifications is with custom office furniture, such as desk units, shelving, cabinetry, and more. Every business is different, and everyone has their own personal organizational systems that work for them. More Space Place Sarasota can help you set up an office space that will maximize your efficiency and productivity. Contact us today to arrange a free, in-home consultation!
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Homeowners on the Gulf Coast love having a garage, but they don’t always love the chore of keeping it organized. Unfortunately, the garage is often one of the most neglected parts of a property. Not only does this make it difficult to find your lawn and garden supplies, but it can also make the area a safety hazard. Spring is the perfect time to change all that. From More Space Place Sarasota, follow these five easy steps to achieve garage storage, cleaning, and organization solutions that last!
1. Take Inventory of the Contents
While a garage is intended to be a place to store tools and landscaping equipment, it tends to become a depository of all the items that don’t fit anywhere else. Sporting equipment, camping gear, holiday decorations, and old kids’ toys are some of the most common items that find their way there.
The first step in your spring-cleaning endeavor should be to take stock of what you have. What belongs in the garage, and what should go elsewhere? Pick a day when you can expect clear weather and pull everything out of the garage and onto the driveway.
Next, divide it into designated piles in terms of where it will go, such as to the thrift store, the recycle bin, sold on Craigslist, the attic, the basement, the garbage, or back in the garage. You might even consider having a garage sale if you have enough items to part with. Be sure to take any hazardous waste materials to the appropriate disposal facility.
2. Make it Shine
A completely empty garage gives you the perfect opportunity to make it cleaner than it’s been in years. Scrub it from top to bottom, including clearing out the cobwebs from the rafters. Sweep out all the dirt from the floors and give them a good power washing. Make sure to let the space dry out before replacing your items to avoid mold and mildew growth.
3. A New Coat of Paint
This step is optional, but once the garage is completely clean, consider giving it a new coat of paint inside. At the very least, painting the floor can really give your garage a like-new feel, and it’s easier than you might think. You can paint it a grayish semi-gloss tone to simulate the existing concrete and completely eliminate any oil or paint stains from the past.
4. Spruce Up its Contents
Take a close look at what you’ll be putting back into the garage and clean any items that could use it. Tools can accumulate dust, dirt, and grime, and now is the perfect time to give them a good cleaning since they’re already out of the garage. Test any mechanical equipment to make sure it works properly, and repair anything that needs it.
5. Address Your Garage Storage & Organization Needs
Now is a great time to strongly consider investing in a custom garage organization and storage system. Assess your needs based on what you’ll be putting back into the garage. Do you need hooks for hanging tools, bicycles, or other equipment? How many shelving units and bins with drawers do you need for optimal garage storage? Consider your current and future garage organization requirements carefully and let the experts at More Space Place Sarasota help you create a system built specifically for your lifestyle.
Garages across Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte are naturally prone to disorganization. Use these five steps to spring clean your garage this year, and enjoy a cleaner, safer, and more organized space for many seasons to come! Contact More Space Place today to schedule a free in-home garage storage estimate.
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Summer is in full swing here on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and that means more time for fun and less time for cleaning and organizing your home. Like many homeowners in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Port Charlotte area, you might be experiencing garage clutter as a result of all the activity. More Space Place is here to help! Below you’ll find how to declutter and organize your garage in five easy steps.
1. Recruit Family Members Or Friends
First, make sure you don’t have to take on this project alone. Making it a family project or offering a few close friends dinner in exchange for their help will significantly speed up the process. Give each person a task to help make the job as efficient as possible.
2. Separate Your Items
Designate three different areas for all of your items–keep, donate, throw away. Go through everything and decide what you want to keep and what you don’t. If your garage is extremely cluttered, don’t be afraid to be aggressive in the “donate” and “throw away” areas. You likely won’t miss a lot of this stuff when it’s gone. If you want to collect things for a garage sale, make a fourth “sell” category.
3. Organize The “Keep” Pile
Now that you’ve narrowed down the items you’ll be keeping, it’s time to figure out where to put everything. Separate your items into related categories. Useful ways to do this include organizing things based on how frequently they’re used, and items that are used together. This will allow you to find what you need when you need it, and make sure your regularly used items are easily accessible.
4. Hang Bulky Items
One common problem in garage organization is finding a place to store the bulkier items so they won’t be in the way or take up valuable floor space. This is where the walls and ceilings come in handy. These larger items, such as bikes and kayaks, can hang from hooks on the ceiling or the walls. For those items you use less often, employ the ceiling. Many people in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte areas like to use the wall for bikes if they use them more often. That way they’re much easier to access and put away.
5. Keep It Clean!
Once you’ve got everything cleaned and organized, do your best to keep it that way. You’ll be happier with your space, and you won’t have to do the big clean again anytime soon. If you’re ready to go further and create a custom garage storage system for all your items, contact the experts at More Space Place today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations.