Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nifty Ideas: Garage

Another round of fantastic nifty ideas I have discovered. You too may become inspired by these nifty things and in turn create your own. If you have any of your own nifty ideas please share them with me I'd love to learn about what is nifty to you!

The garage has been an endless mess of nonsense. I've been looking for all things helpful in keeping our mess in order. We have a problem with many things but right now the numerous amounts of sports balls rolling about has been making me batty. The Ball Claw might be a solution for us. We can affix them to the walls at the heights the children can reach so they will be able to use them and put them away. I am getting excited thinking about it. Imagine a garage where soccer balls don't escape every time the garage door opens.

We have a magnetic tool holder which is helpful for keeping little screwdrivers, large nails and drill bits in order. Ours is filled with the tools he uses the most to make it easier for him to grab what he needs. I think we could even get another one or two and use them for specific tools. It helps to have plenty of wall space.

My husband NEEDS a mobile tool cabinet so he can work on stuff and put everything away without having to rearrange the garage every time. Sears has great things but so do other hardware stores. The key for us is to find one that we can afford and will fit in our garage.

Then there is the standard good 'ol mounted pegboard for keeping all kinds of things up off the floor. When I suggested we get some my husband thought I was kidding. Sure it's not pretty but I wasn't thinking about beauty in the garage. I was thinking of ways to get stuff off the floor and out of piles in the corners. We used the standard dull brown most of us remember from our Dad's garage but they do make colored pegboard and metal pegboard. Regardless of style it does a fantastic job of getting things in order and keeping the floor and work bench clear of clutter.

To keep our bikes off the floor we use two things. One is a bike hoist for our tandem bike. Since tandem bikes are large they take up so much space the best solution for us was to use the roof space in our garage to store that bike. For our other 2 bikes we use bicycle hooks to hang our bikes from the cross beams. The girls' bikes remain on the floor since they are used nearly every day.

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