It’s that time of year again: spring cleaning. One of the most overlooked–and overworked–areas of the home is the garage. Basements are uncommon to Sacramento homes, so garages become the catchall storage area for everything from tools and yard supplies to toys, sporting equipment and holiday decorations. Instead of just organizing your garage this spring and parking the family truckster inside, why not take it to the next level? Turn your garage into a man cave with these organizational tips.
Free-standing metal shelves work fine in the garage, but to really keep your space neat and tidy, why not invest in custom storage cabinets? Made from high-quality materials and sturdy craftsmanship, these garage cabinets add a polished look to any garage. Storage cabinets are available as free-standing units or they can be built into the floor or walls. Many of the installed units are customizable to fit any garage size or shape and include drawers, shelves and workbenches.
3 Day Closets
1031 Junction Blvd, Ste 802
Roseville, CA 95678
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Don’t let the name fool you, 3 Day Closets offers a wide selection of custom-made storage solutions for every size and budget. The cabinetry features customizable widths, depths and heights, custom finishes inside and out, and full extension drawer guides. 3 Day Closets also offers a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship.
Overhead Storage Racks
The best way to maximize storage space in the garage is to get your clutter off the floor and utilize the wasted space along the ceiling. Even small garages have an abundance of unused space overhead. Rarely used items can be securely stored on metal plastic racks mounted to the ceiling above the garage door or in the corners. Racks are available in a variety of sizes and can hold approximately 600 pounds.
CDR Overhead Storage
2824 Chateau Montelena Way
Sacramento, CA 95834
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CDR Overhead Storage sells and installs overhead storage products designed to improve garage organization. It offers a variety of storage racks that can be installed in both finished and unfinished garages. CDR also offers a lifetime limited warranty and provides a free consultation to help you find the best storage solution for your garage.
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Long-Handled Tool Tower
Rakes, shovels, brooms, mops: All these long-handled tools make home maintenance easy, but they are difficult to store and can take up precious garage space. A simple solution is a tool tower, designed to keep all those long-handled helpers organized. Tuck it into a corner or find a wall-mounted device to get the tools off the floor and keep your garage tidier.
Capitol Ace Hardware
1815 I St
Sacramento, CA 95811
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Capitol Ace Hardware is a family-owned and operated business that is part of the Ace Hardware Corporation. They offer an extensive selection of garage storage solutions, including free-standing and wall-mounted long-handled tool racks.
Stackable Plastic Bins
The garage is also home to trash and recycling bins, which can be bulky and take up a lot of space. Try to avoid keeping the large wheeled receptacles in the garage. Roll them outside where they belong. To keep recyclables contained and sorted, look for stackable plastic bins. They are sturdy and roomy, but typically take up a small amount of floor space.
5440 Sunrise Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Organize It offers practical and functional home furnishings and housewares. Their organized recycling bins stack on shelves or under counters. Made of sturdy plastic, these bins make recycling a cinch.
If you have kids, then most likely you have bikes. There are a variety of options available to keep your family’s bikes upright. A free-standing bike rack is a low-cost solution, but it doesn’t free up floor space. Simple hooks can be installed on the wall to hang bikes. Or consider a ceiling mounted bike lift that frees floorspace, but allows easy access when needed.
Rack N Road
2021 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Hours: Mon to Sat -10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun -10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rack N Road has hundreds of bike rack options for everything from your car to your garage. The Racor Gravity Bike Stand holds two bikes and is perfect for tight spaces.
Karen Boruff is a freelance writer living in Sacramento. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.