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My Garage Adventure – The Inspection

The day had arrived, Professional Organizer, Allison Carter, was coming to our home to assess the mess in our garage.  My girlfriends kept saying, “You are so lucky!”  My mom kept saying, “I’m the one in need of an organizer!” And even up until the last hour, my dear husband kept asking, “Really, you’re not going to clean it up first? Really!  Really?”

Having someone come into your home and assess your mess IS a little intimidating, I have to admit.  Allison, however, has a straightforward approach that put us quickly at ease as we began trying to account for why we had all this stuff and what we wanted to do with it.  The session went something like this:

  • Make a list of all the types of things we need to accommodate: gardening, fishing, golf, sports, refrigerator, trash / recycling, storage of extra supplies, etc.
  • Next Allison helped us think about what the best kind of container was for each need.  This is where I would have gone off track because I would have jumped to step three of placement.  By thinking about the container first, we really focused on how we use items and what the most convenient day in and day out storage solution would be.
  • Finally, based on all the types of storage we would need, Allison helped us lay it out within the space of our garage.  We put things into zones and figured out how to utilize our vertical space better.  She even made mock ups on pictures to help us visualize.

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In the next few weeks we are going to be ordering the storage solutions
we will need and editing.  This is the pro way of saying we have to
throw some stuff out!  Fortunately, many of the things we no longer have
a use for can be donated.  I will be working with a couple of our local
organizations to schedule a donation pick up, order a rolling recycling
bin and finally cleaning the garage.  All of this seems really
appropriate in the spring, and I keep telling myself that once we are
cleaned and organized it will be time to start planting!

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  11. Deryl July 4, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Love my fast track system, but I wish the tracks had end caps to finish them off. The unfinished ends aren’t as attractive as other competitive garage storage systems from Sears and Gladiator which have these pieces. I started with rubbermaid in the garage and now have moved my reorganization to the workshop. I’ll stick with rubbermaid to be able to share the attachments in both locations. However, I was tempted to go with another option because of the finished look of the end caps.

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  13. May 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    As an avid motorcycle rider, I need room to hang all my leather, boots and rain coats for my wife and I. I usually leave all that gear in the garage where it can dry. Would it not be wonderful if Fast track had a clothes hanger rack that would permit us to keep everything in order in the garage. I hope that they come up with this kind of rack soonest.

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