Have you ever opened your garage door thinking that you were going to walk inside and maybe put a bike away or the lawnmower? Have you been attacked by the falling boxes or the bags of lawn fertilizer spilling at your feet? Are you wondering where the Christmas decorations are because you seem to remember stuffing them somewhere...since you couldn't get to the attic to put them away? Have you named your garage the dreaded "Garage Pit"?
Sometimes when I'm driving in my neighborhood, I just have to laugh when I see some garages that look like they are storage units. I wonder how people can find anything that they really want or need? I imagine people scaling the mountain of boxes to get to the top because the basketball is sitting there and little Jimmy really wants to play hoops with daddy. Then all of a sudden, as he's scaling those boxes, they come tumbling down on him. Now he has to spend the next hour stacking the boxes back up in order to be able to close the garage door. Has something like this ever happened to you?
Living in Florida, we also have hurricane season. I am one of those people who parks her car in the driveway all year long. But when the threat of a hurricane comes, I would like to put my car in the garage. Should be a simple task shouldn't it...unless you remembered that there are toys left out and boxes in the middle of floor. Wrong time to try to organize the garage!
One of my personal favorite things to do is organization. I love being able to go into different spaces of my home and create storage spaces that makes sense and are easily accessible. In the garage, so many things can be done to get items up and out of the way. Many people don't know how to use the vertical space in their garage. Some examples of what can be done are:
1. Install hooks in your ceiling to hold your bikes
2. Put up standing shelving units with clear plastic bins so that you can see what's inside
3. Label all your bins
4. Throw out anything that you have not used in the last 6 months
5. Install a workbench to hold all your tools
Truthfully, there are hundreds of ways to make your garage work for you.
Next time you decide to attack your "Garage Pit", just remember to take it one step at a time. This job does not have to be completed in one day. Plan to take your time with it and work the steps so that in a few weeks you will have a beautifully organized space. And remember, two sets of hands are better than one. So if you need help, please give us a call at Rediscovered Moments Concierge and we will send the perfect person to assist you in your project needs.
Written by: Kimberly Lapointe
Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge
Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.
Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.