Make your house bigger without spending money
By Aimee Heckel
Want to make your house bigger, without having to move or spend any extra money? Revamp your garage and put that space to smarter use.
Last week, we talked to Debra Lambert, of LivingSpaces Organizing, a professional organization company based in Boulder, Colorado, about how to begin organizing your garage. She offered a list of ways to get started, such as have a vision and recycle anything you can.
After you sift through your belongings, Lambert recommends moving to phase two of garage organization:
1. Beware of closed cabinets. Putting things behind closed doors makes it easier for clutter to accumulate, Lambert says. Instead, she prefers sturdy, industrial wire shelving, especially if your garage walls are unfinished.
Find wire shelves at Costco for less than $100.
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2. If your garage walls are finished, also look into storage “systems,” like the Elfa system at The Container Store.
3. Store tools on a galvanized steel pegboard. “It’s stronger and more attractive than a conventional fiberboard pegboard, is easy to wipe clean, won’t warp or crack, and it won’t be damaged if it gets wet,” Lambert says.
She recommends a Wall Control unit on Amazon.com. Look for different sizes to accommodate your budget.
4. Get rid of cardboard boxes. They are prone to insect and rodent infestations, water damage, odor and dirt in the garage, Lambert says. Instead, pick clear, plastic bins with lids at Target and Home Depot.
5. Get outside help. “Taking on your garage is a rewarding enterprise. If it feels daunting to tackle it alone, professional organizers can help keep you inspired and on track, while working with you to create relevant storage solutions for your space,” Lambert says. “They are particularly helpful if you are challenged by the decision-making process of what to keep and what to let go of, asking you relevant questions that take your needs, style and goals in mind.”
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