Garages are great. In fact, it seems like these great rooms can be used for just about everything under the sun. However, if you don't take the proper care you can easily find your garage becoming a disorganized mess that can actually be fairly dangerous. One of the best ways to help ensure that doesn't happen is with the help of some garage storage racks. Once you have decided to actually use some racks though, you need to organize them, and your garage. Here is how you do that.
Implement. When is the best time to clean out the garage? Now. Organize a garage sale to get rid of unused items. Sort through chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides and old paint and get rid of them in the safest way possible. Lawn mowers, wheat eaters and other such machines, should be out of the way of the driver and passengers when getting in or out of the car. Fix peg board with hooks for hanging spanners, electric drill points etc. Use plastic containers or tins for nails, screws and other small tools rather than car board boxes.
- Clean out. Take everything out of the garage before sorting it in different piles. Sell all those stuff you no longer use at a garage sale. Get rid of old chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides and old paint in the safest way possible. No sentiment, throw out everything you haven't used during the last year.
- Planning. Keep your floor space clean. Lawn mowers, wheat eaters and other such machines, should be out of the way of the driver and passengers when getting in or out of the car. Carefully plan closed cupboards with locks for storing fertilizers, pesticides, paints and other dangerous chemicals out of reach of kids and pets. Build the shelves where hand tools will be stored. Fix peg board with hooks for hanging spanners, electric drill points etc to the wall above the work place where they will be used. Build all the racks and shelves from thick sturdy materials to allow future heavy articles to be stored there too. Bicycles and unused baby prams can be stored hanging from sturdy hooks under the ceiling. Use transparent plastic containers or tins for nails, screws and other small tools rather than cardboard boxes. Label all boxes clearly. Store garden tools such as forks, shuffle etc. in racks near the garage door. Your work bench must be sturdy, large enough for the electric drill, saws and other dangerous and large tools. The electric outlet should be at the back of the work bench, never use an extension lead to plug your machines into.
Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. Learn more about Hettie...
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