Cleaning and Organizing a Garage are Two Different Things

organizing_a_garageYou can walk into anyone’s garage and you’ll find out pretty quick cars aren’t the only thing in there. There is an excess of stuff that just needed a place to be stored; Garden tools, toys, unused furniture, leftover building materials, Christmas stuff all cause issues when organizing a garage.

So how do you organize all that clutter and still have room left for your cars? Here are some cool ideas to better utilize the storage space in your garage. (more…)
















Celebrations in the Garage

Garage_PartyCelebrations are in full swing! You’ve got plenty of parties to make an appearance at but you’re also in charge of hosting one this year. Having everyone over will be fun but if you do some strategic planning ahead of time you can save on stress. One of the best things you can do to ensure a successful soiree is use your garage space. Sure you’ll have to park the cars somewhere else but it’s more than worth it!

Your Garage as Party Central

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The Cold and Your Garage Door

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Staff Sgt. Phillip Bridges shovels the driveway of his new home Jan. 17. Thanks to a total basewide effort at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sergeant Phillips’ family was one of 241 successfully relocated from the on-base Sprucewood Homes development to viable on- and off-base residences before the harsh Alaska winter rolled in. Sergeant Bridges is assigned to the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Weaver)

Don’t get sideswiped this winter when the cold weather starts to affect the functionality of your garage door opener. Keeping your door operating safely year round is essential to get the most out of your garage. A garage door that is in a state of disrepair can cause big problems, especially when the weather gets colder.

Water from melting snow and ice can cause damage to your garage door and opener. If your door is made of wood the increased moisture can create swelling in the frame. That can lead to the door rubbing against the frame or possibly becoming stuck. Keep rain gutters clear to avoid run off that will splash onto your garage door. (more…)




Old Man Winter Is Not Welcome In The Garage

insulation-garageYour garage is easily one of the most inefficient rooms of your house, but there are ways to combat energy loss. If you have an attached garage, making it more efficient will improve your home’s overall performance. In the winter an inefficient garage will have cold air whistling through its bones. That frigid air will then penetrate the walls and ceiling of surrounding living spaces, making your whole home colder.

A lot of homes, new and old are built without insulation in the garage walls. Insulating your garage walls is usually an easy process. You can roll the right kind of R-value insulation between your joists, or have it blown in through a small hole in the drywall.
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Brace Your Garage, Winter is Coming!

snowIt’s not really a thought that most of us want to be having right now but winter is coming. Yes, soon the snow will fall, and the garage is one of the easiest places to fall behind on when you’re preparing for the cold weather. During the summer months it’s easy to start piling up all sorts of stuff in the garage but that space will be much better suited for your cars this winter. (more…)




Leaving the Garage Empty

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Hopefully you have some time away planned for the summer. Even if it’s somewhere close, downtime is necessary to recharge and enjoy all the things you’ve worked so hard for. Don’t forget that a vacant house is a prime opportunity for a criminal to break in. There are plenty of ways to secure your house while you’re gone. Besides, you want to enjoy your vacation without the constant worry about what might be happening back home.

If you can find someone you trust, having a house sitter is the best way to go. They can water plants, feed pets and get the mail. If that’s not an option make sure you get a hold of the post office and stop mail delivery if you’re going to be gone for more than a couple days. There is still the potential that fliers might be left oo your doorknob or porch. You might have a neighbor watch out for those.

You’ve heard it before but don’t forget to put your lights on a timer to emulate someone being home. If you mow your lawn every week you may want to have someone take care of that chore so things don’t begin to look overgrown.

Alright, on to the garage!

Make sure you cover windows in the garage so a potential burglar doesn’t know if you car is gone. Put either a clamp or a padlock on the garage door track. That way if someone tries to slip a hangar in and grab the emergency release cord the door still won’t open.

Some things you may not have thought of but are equally important. Don’t announce you’re going on vacation on social media. It’s tempting to celebrate your hiatus but if the wrong person finds out, there goes all your valuables. Unplug any electronics that might burn power while you’re away.