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Product Review: Monkey Bars

Product Review: Monkey Bars

There is no better garage organizing system than Monkey Bars. Period. I’m not getting paid to say that. I just really, really love this product. Why? Let me count the ways.

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May 2016, Better Connecticut, Garage Organizing

May 2016, Better Connecticut, Garage Organizing

Matt talks garage organizing on Better Connecticut, Channel 3, with hosts Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun.

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Garage Organizing: Moving Up

Garage Organizing: Moving Up

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle.” It’s doubtful that the value of that clutter, that we are protecting in our garages, is worth $33,000, which is the average cost of a new car these days. Make space and protect your investment instead!

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Organizing to Show and Go

Organizing to Show and Go

Getting your house on the market and getting ready to move can be a very stressful time. Having a comprehensive plan can reduce that stress. We help folks with this type of work every week , so here are a some of the essential guidelines we recommend for such a plan.

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Moving: What’s in the Mystery Box?

Moving: What's in the Mystery Box?

A guest post from Brian Bish
Moving is never fun.
I mean, sure… it’s exciting and everything is new.
But fun? Not so much.

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How To Take Charge of Awkward Garage Storage

How To Take Charge of Awkward Garage Storage

It’s pretty easy to run out and buy some shelves and bins for storage in the garage, but so many of the items in the garage are what I would classify as “awkwards.” Your beautifully shelved bins can be sabotaged by items like fishing poles, bicycles, and garden tools. To take charge of your garage storage, accommodate these awkwards before you shelve the items that play nicely with others. Here’s how.

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How to STAY Organized

How to STAY Organized

Last Saturday I awoke at 5:30 to organize my garage. Oh, I hit the snooze button a few times, but I still did get up pretty early to make time for a task that just never seems to rise to the top of my priority list. Why, you may ask, would a professional organizer need to organize his garage? Shouldn’t it already be organized by now?

It’s a fair question. The answer has to do with an organizing process

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Garage-ucopia

The garage is usually the most underrated room in the home. The garage’s purpose tends to be “where the junk goes,”but if you assign dedicated zones, your garage can be a horn of plenty. Dedicated zones help you see just how much useful stuff you have and they keep useful stuff more accessible. Here are five useful tips to create dedicated zones in your garage. 1. Surface Worship. I have often stated that a clear work surface is the most important tool for staying organized. I stand by this, even in the garage. A clear work surface keeps you in rhythm with the activities of your household, because it provides the space you need to process projects. Whether it’s making repairs, potting plants, or bundling cardboard, you will stay more organized if you dedicate your workbench as a clear runway for processing, NOT storage. 2. Simple Shelves. OK, if you can’t store stuff on your surfaces, obviously it needs to go somewhere else. Don’t look to the middle of the floor. If you want to protect your $40,000 investment (your car) from the winter weather, […]

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Diversion Tunnels

Diversion Tunnels In 1931, work began on the Hoover Dam, but before one bucket of concrete could be poured into the dam, the mighty Colorado River had to be diverted through four massive tunnels. If your whole house needs some serious organizing, a lesson can be drawn from the Hoover Dam. Your colossal task also needs to begin with diversion tunnels, namely the garage and basement. These spaces tend to get little attention, until you run out of storage room for more important items in other parts of your home. Also, the likeliest candidates for disposal and donation tend to live in the garage and basement. By freeing up space in there, you are able to drain many of the seasonal and archive materials that may be clogging up the space in the rest of your home. In this economy I realize that many of us have to go the DIY route, so here are some useful tips: Have an Exit Strategy- Before you dive into the clutter, put together a simple game plan for where it’s all going to […]

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The Annual Purge

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, April 2008 THE ANNUAL PURGE I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  CIRCULATION PREVENTS ACCUMULATION.  What better time of year than spring for a fresh start? Open the windows and let the musty winter out and the clean spring air in.  Open the storage room and let the old junk out and the new potential in.  Here are seven tips to survive and thrive through spring clearing. 1. Start with the Garage.  This may sound counter-priority, but it’s not.  Before you dive into the junk in your closets, clear out your garage.  Consider this analogy.  You may get to the airport in plenty of time for your flight to Rome, but without a passport you’re not going anywhere.  An empty garage is your passport that will get you where you need to go.  Why? Because it is the logical place to establish an exit zone.  For smelly dirty garbage it is almost outside, but protected from the elements.  For items to donate, it is as close to the vehicle (and as visible to the driver […]

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