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Jeff Fredericksen, homeowner: “The kids have a lot of toys, bikes and shoes and all kinds of stuff, so it was very unorganized, difficult to get things. Had to climb certain areas to get certain things and made my life quite difficult.”
Professional organizers can help sort, purge, categorize and put items back in a way that makes the most sense to the homeowner.
Tom Fleming, professional organizer: “The grid is basically one of the options for hanging items. There are lots of hooks and accessories. It’s today version of pegboard. It’s a good, strong, functional, cost-effective way to hang things on the wall.”
Some organizers also sell and install storage products such as overhead storage bins, wall racks and garage cabinets.
Fleming: “Here we have some slat wall which is another popular item in the garage these days. You can do it in small sections like this, or panel your whole walls, but there are lots of accessories including shelves. In this situation, we used a slat wall and some shelves to solve the shoe issue, which is always a big thing in garages. People ask, ‘Where can I kick off my shoes before I go in so they are not piled in front of the door?'”
You can complete the look of an organized garage with epoxy flooring. The hardened, high-gloss polish resists scuffing and abrasions.
Angie Hicks, founder, Angie’s List: “If you don’t have time to get your garage organized yourself, it might be worth investing in a professional organizer. You need to talk to the organizer to determine what they can bring to the table and make sure the outcome is going to be something you’re going to be able to live with.”
Before hiring, Angie’s List recommends you understand how you’ll be charged. Is it by the hour or by the project, and are there additional charges for products?
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