On the Road in April

Welcome to May, folks! We are almost half-way through 2016 – can you believe it?! Hey, I’m still over here trying to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015! Who’s with me?!

Lots of stuff happened on the blog last month, but, as always, I wanted to give a quick highlight to the top 5 posts! Here we go…

April

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DIY Garage Organization Ideas

We’re currently in the process of de-cluttering our garage. Again. There some stuff that we’ve been storing in the front room (which is now being transformed into the nursery) that’s moving to the garage, and some stuff from the garage that’s going to be sold. Although de-cluttering is always quite the process, in the end it’ll be worth it! Right? RIGHT!

So when RST Brands contacted me regarding publishing their article on garage organization, I knew it was the perfect fit! They’ve got seven fabulous ideas here – check them out!

The garage seems to attract clutter like a moth to light. Without even trying, it can get so messy that your car doesn’t even fit anymore.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Garage organization is achievable, and you don’t have to throw out all your tools and toys or spend thousands on renovations, either.

Here are 7 simple DIY organization ideas that will help you take back your garage and turn it into a space where you’re proud to park your car!

1. Utilize vertical space

To truly organize your garage, you need to think in terms of vertical space. Every inch of wall offers storage possibilities. For example, any items that are used rarely can be stored up high out of reach. If you need quick access to a tool, hang it on the wall at eye level.

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2. Take advantage of studs (and the space between studs) for easy storage

Studs present an easy opportunity for organizing your stuff. For example, nail a board between two studs, and all of a sudden you have space to store your shovels or fishing rods. You can even install shelves into the space between the studs to store little odds and ends or toys.

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Different Garage Door Styles…and How to Choose One for Your Home – A Guest Post!

Last year, our garage door made an awful sound. And then…it quit working.

While many people use their garages for storage or other projects, we actually park our vehicles in ours. BOTH of our vehicles. And living in Florida, it comes in handy, when we’re weathering hurricanes and some of the other nasty storms that blow through. In fact, just last night it was pouring rain when I got home, and it was SO nice to pull right into the garage and not get wet at all!

Oh. Because we paid a bucket-full of money to get the garage door fixed after it quit working. We had everything done to it, short of actually replacing the door. But for a minute, I dreamed about a brand new garage door. There are some BEAUTIFUL ones out there these days. But there’s a lot more to a garage door than aesthetics!

So when Shivani from Garaga contacted me and asked if I’d like to publish a post about different garage doors, first, I wanted to read it for myself! So helpful! And second, I wanted to share it with all of you! So…here you go! 

A shabby garage door, or one that doesn’t architecturally match with the rest of your home will affect the overall look of your home. Since a garage door is often the first thing that people notice, it’s important to choose a style that is both high quality, and pleasing to the eye.

There are many different designs and style to choose from, and making your final decision can be a confusing process. Here are some things to consider when choosing a garage door.

Insulated vs. Non-Insulated

An insulated door will help keep energy costs down, particularly if your garage is attached to your home. With rising costs, more people are choosing insulated doors over non-insulated. Each door is assigned an R-Value to give an indication of how well insulated it is. The higher the rating, the better the insulation. A polyurethane door is thinner, but has a high R-value rating. It will also help reduce outside noise, and operate more quietly. Insulated doors are definitely preferable for those who live in colder climates.

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On Delegating to Devices

Ah, the age of convenience! Or that’s what they call it, right? This “modern era” that we are currently experiencing?

If you stop and think about all the things that are possible right now that were never possible in the past…well. It’s pretty mind-boggling. And it can also be intimidating or even scary for some folks.

But I’m here to say: there is SO much to take advantage of! Why not make the most of it?

So I want to see if you are making the most of the devices in your home. These are options that are meant to be used to save you time, money and sanity! Let’s look at a few examples:

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1. In your garage

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3 Tips for Garage Organization – A Guest Post!

I’m thrilled to have Levi Mackintosh here on the blog today! Levi is the content manager for StorPro, LLC, and he’s got a fantastic topic to chat with us about: Garage Organization.

Now, some of you may remember my garage reveal a few months ago. If you’d like to see it, CLICK HERE. I thought it was pretty organized, myself. But Levi brings some very important suggestions to the table. Let’s check it out…

It has been proven that organization can save you time, money, and helps you become more efficient. It is a practice that can be applied in a variety of areas, but one area that is often overlooked is your garage space. According the U.S. department of Energy, 25 percent of families with two car garages cannot park any vehicles in the garage, and 32 percent can only park one car. To help avoid this problem, the following are tips and ideas to help you organize your garage.

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Get it off the ground

One of the most important steps for organizing your garage is to keep items off the floor. This is a simple step with huge rewards. When storage and other items are above ground, they are less susceptible to damage by pests such as rodents and insects. In areas where flooding is more prevalent, having your items off the ground can save you a great deal of money from water damage. Lastly, if items are off the floor, tripping over bikes and toys will be a thing of the past!

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