What is it about garages? Things just seem to pile up – boogie boards for long days spent at the beach, garden tools galore, a myriad of pool toys and sleds, lawn mowers and rakes.
Much like attics and basements, our garages tend to be a bit of a melting pot of indoor and outdoor supplies, a place where we store things that simply don’t seem to fit anywhere else. There’s nothing wrong with this method, so long as your things are stored safely and are organized in a way in which you can find what you’re looking for. Because let’s face it, we’ve all been there: we’ve gone to reach for a simple hammer and knocked ourselves over with a beach chair that’s been sitting for months, perching precariously on a top shelf.
We know, cleaning is no fun, but let us reiterate the title of this blog post: a clean garage is a safe garage. A safe garage, folks, is a happy garage. Stress not, however. We can help you get there! We’ve got a few simple tips to help you get your garage in tiptop shape. And guess what? Fall is the perfect time to do so. The cooler temperatures will make it a bit easier to work outdoors, so you can spend a nice, crisp Saturday cleaning things up and sipping cider on the sidelines every hour or so. Doesn’t sound so bad, right?
First and foremost, you’ve got to invest in some storage. Whether that’s shelving you build yourself on the walls, or a series of racks and hangers for your rakes and sheds and such, it’s time to find a place for everything, and put everything in its place. Stores like Home Depot and Target have great garage and outdoor storage solutions, and you’d be surprised how easy it is to set up a series of shelves on the side of your SUV. Consider weather-resistant materials, for those times when the rain and snow blow on in (God bless weather patterns!) – plastic is always a good bet, and plastic storage boxes and tubs are about as easy to find as it can get.
Now that we’ve got you organized, let’s shed some light on the subject, shall we? As God said, let there be light! Of course, we’re betting God had some bigger plans than lighting your garage, but hey, we’ll take what we can get. Since you’ve already gone to the trouble of cleaning out and organizing, why not invest in some occupancy sensors. They’re safe, they’re green…what could be better? We offer a selection of motion sensors that utilize passive infrared, ultrasonic and combined multi-sensing technology to provide automatic on/off switching of lighting. The bonus? Enhanced convenience, security, and some pretty big long-term energy savings. Basically, here’s how it works: when the sensors know you’re there (that’s right, they can do that!), the lights will go on. Once you’ve gone, the lights will shut off, saving you energy and money. Or, as we like to say, you can save green while you go green. Snag them here.