Making Space in Your Small Garage

making-space-in-your-small-garageClutter.  That’s what fills most people’s garages – whether it’s useful items you just don’t have room for in the home or outdoor items, everyone has had a cluttered garage at least once.  When you have a small garage, it can be difficult finding room for everything you need to store.

There’s one simple tip to help fit everything you need into your garage:  Organize.  Organizing may seem daunting, but if you get a little creative with your space, you’ll have more room in your garage to use for parking your vehicle, storing odd items, or even using as a hobby room.

Here are some easy ways to make more space – and the most of your space – in your small garage:

Shelves

Shelves are one of the best ways to maximize your garage space.  By organizing vertically, you can avoid clutter while storing more items in less cubic feet horizontally.  You can build your own shelves to fit your needs, or find many suitable options at your local home goods store.

If you’re using your garage as a hobby room and think it’s too “industrial” looking for your tastes, there’s a cure for that, too.  A simple set of curtains the width and height of your shelving units can add a decorative flair.

Categorize and Organize

Use your space wisely – that means keeping like items together so that you don’t have to spread everything throughout your garage in order to find something.

The most important step of this process is to plan.  Go through all of your items, purging anything that you no longer have a use for, and organize everything you’re keeping according to category first, then size.  Next, decide what methods of storage you would like to use.

If you want a work space, keep everything you need nearby on shelves or hooks.  If you have lots of non-daily, seasonal, or special occasion household items that you keep in the garage, store them close to the door so you can bring them in when you need them.  Storing similar things in zones closest to where they will be useful will save you a lot of headaches in the long-run.

It also helps to mark your bins, storage containers, shelves, or whatever you’re using to store items in – that way you always know what goes where, and where to find things you might be looking for.

Think Up

Storing things on the ceiling is an age-old garage storage trick.  You can hang bicycles from hooks in the ceiling to save room, of course, but there are also ways (such as I-beams) to secure storage containers to the ceiling of your garage, and save yourself some room on the ground-level.

There are also ceiling-mounted storage kits you can purchase if you aren’t comfortable making your own, some of which function on a pulley-system so you can avoid getting up on that ladder.

Skip Big Tool Chests

Large tool chests can take up a lot of space and be hard to put somewhere where they’re both accessible and out of the way.  Try going for a half-sized rolling model that fits under a tool bench or desk if you’re multitasking your space in the garage, hang large or commonly used tools on the wall with hooks and cork board.

With a few of these easy DIY tips, you can have your garage looking roomy and spacious in no time.  Just remember to purge, organize, label, and store vertically, and you can’t go wrong.

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Creating the Perfect Guest Bedroom

creating-the-perfect-guest-bedroomHave a guest bedroom that’s looking a little sad, not quite as relaxing as you want?  Need to use your guest bedroom for more than just hosting friends and family?

Well, why not turn your guest bedroom into a cozy hideaway?  Themed rooms are a perfect way to make your guest feel like they’re on vacation while in the comfort of your home.  Themes can be exotic or understated, and customized to every need.

Here are just a few ways to spruce up your spare room to create the perfect guest bedroom getaway.

The Coastal Masterpiece.  Whether you actually live on the coast or not, the ambiance of a beach side bungalow can be attractive and relaxing for both you and your guests.  Soft blues, greens, and whites, accented with coral or light blue-purples can create that beach feel with just the color scheme.  Add small accents, like a framed picture of a seaside paradise, and gently-worn furniture to create the perfect casual coastal look.  Nautical-themed accents and linens work wonders for this kind of space.

Plain and Simple.  Sometimes it’s best to go minimalist.  An elegant bedroom set with clean, crisp linens, soft wall colors, billowy curtains, and minor decorative touches that match your soft neutrals color palate can be simple and refined.

Bold and Beautiful.  The exact opposite of being minimalist – use large pieces of furniture with bold colors and a warm-hued gray or brown paint on the walls.  Think lots of pillows in different colors and patterns, some spicy bedding, and large artwork like mirrors or clocks.

Mountain Getaway.  Use a rustic theme to get the cabin in the woods feel to your guest room.  Natural woods are best, weathered looking if possible, but don’t go overboard – too much and your room could look dirty.  Go with soft, earthy tones of greens and browns that aren’t too dark, and break out the cotton and wool for your bedding and drapery.

Country Chic.  Checkerboard in cute pastels is a great idea, especially if you’re expecting a family with kids.  A country theme full of petite flowered accents, natural cottons, and crisp whites or light woods will give your guest a safe down-home feeling in comfort.

Sophisticated Flair.  Time to get fancy – an elegant headboard against a boldly painted wall sets the mood for an upscale experience.  Imagine a fancy hotel room, use complimentary in-style colors with the walls and furniture (gray and yellow, baby blue and brown, orange and cream) and stick with your color scheme.  Use modern accents like a glass side-table or sleek white dresser, and pick simple artwork to match.

The Multi-Tasker.  Sometimes you need more space, whether it’s for an office area, storage, or recreation.  The easiest way to make your guest bedroom a multi-use room is to set up convenient zones.  You don’t want your guest bed crammed up against your desk, after all.

Go Smaller – a small desk with your shelving hidden away in the closet will keep your office space uncluttered and easily closed up when you’re expecting company.  Be sure to keep enough closet space for your guests, or have a dresser ready for them.

Try a Daybed – instead of getting a pull-out couch, try going for a daybed instead.  You can find one in larger sizes if you want, but a daybed is easily tucked off to the side rather than taking up the entire room, and maintains a simple elegance for your guest.

No matter your guests, there’s always a fun and “getaway-friendly” way to spruce up your spare room.