How to make improved use of your garage

August 18, 2014 - storage organizer

If we go

What: Garage organizing workshop, conducted by Christina Morton, a Boulder-based Major Mom veteran organizer.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Greenwood Village; residence will be sent to purebred participants

Tickets: Free


Revamp your garage

Here’s some some-more consultant advice, according to Boulder personal stylist and author Marian Rothschild (

• Gut it. Start by holding all out of a garage and laying it on a driveway. Organize all into one of 3 piles: give away, chuck divided or save. Before we start, hit a free organization, such as ARC, to arrange a pickup for your apparatus to donate.

• Designate a home for all tools, either they are hanging, in a apparatus chest or in cabinets. Assign apart shelves for domicile collection and gardening tools.

• Organize by magnitude of use. Things we use frequently should be within easy access. Things used seldomly go in harder-to-access places.

• Place a runner vestige by a doorway to a residence for wiping feet.

• Label all boxes with labels confronting out.

(Disclosure: Camera Staff Writer Aimee Heckel edited Rothchild’s book.)

The best thing about a three-car garage is that there’s a residence attached.

It’s like carrying dual houses: one for my daughter and me, and another for my father and his dual mistresses.

My matrimony is nontraditional. we accept that my father has other lovers, as prolonged as they don’t come inside a house, and we meant no signs of them whatsoever. No unwashed smears or stains, no sounds, no screaming, no drink cans, no queso dip, no smells. Eww, a smells.

I live happily in an open matrimony with my father and his adore event with his Volkswagen Bus, named Donna, and his NFL team, a Detroit Lions.

Yes, a 45-year-old automobile that we consider runs on an antique steam engine, and a misfortune football group given that one Thanksgiving we played dwindle football in heels and sheer dress while carrying a potion of red wine.

My father contingency be a masochist. Both his mistresses are needy, costly and abusive. They are arguable usually in that they will always let him down. Donna frequently steals him from me for weeks during a time. And some-more than half a year, we am a football widow.

His Fake Football zephyr is today, that means we am singular until a Lions make it to a Super Bowl since “it’s a year!”

He says.

Every year.

My father has meticulously orderly his garage into a ideal bearable male space, a flatscreen TV (twice a distance of a one in a vital room) mounted on a wall, opposite from his recliner. One singular recliner. If we wish to join him. (You don’t. He cries a lot.)

To a right: his sketch list (he’s an artist), yet it unequivocally usually binds his lineup of dips. To a left: his workbench, where we put a many things we mangle all of a time for him to fix. Within strech sits Donna, so when a mood or need strikes, he can suffer a ménage à trois underneath his Bus while still enjoying a Lions’ parsimonious end. (Don’t censure a innuendos on me. we hatred a game.)

Like any 21-year-old guy, even yet he is 31, a kegerator lonesome in colorful stickers looms nearby, packaged with usually a extremes: inexpensive PBR and $8-a-bottle qualification beer.

There are other cabinets and shelves, and a taxidermy hammerhead shark, yet we equivocate going into a garage unless my territory of a vital space is actively in abandon and genocide is imminent.

Our garage is because we are happily married. we can’t suppose happily-ever-after though it.

All of that said, garages are mostly underutilized and shamefully disorganized. We slight them, disregard them and adorn them with boxes of junk and spiderwebs. We frequency provide them like an prolongation of a homes, that they are.

Because garages are typically small, we have to be vital about what we store there and how we store it, says Liz Byrne, a veteran organizer in Boulder with Alchemy of Order (

“Think about a pathways we use in your garage,” she recommends.

For example, where should we store a rabble bins for limit efficiency? Many people store a bins by a garage door, yet storing them nearby a residence allows for unchanging dumps, since we take them to a quell usually once a week.

Byrne also recommends gripping a apparatus we use outward (sporting equipment, gardening supplies) in a garage. But not your camping gear.

“The normal ‘camper’ camps 12 days a year,” she says. “Do not keep camping apparatus in primary genuine estate in your garage.”

She also advises regulating a walls (a pegboard or Monkey Bar storage system) for some-more frequently used items, and shelving and beyond cages for less-used items.

Then there is David Rogers, of Boulder. He is a master builder who specializes in custom-designing garages that are some-more pleasing than many people’s vital rooms.

He recently remade a Lafayette garage from a cluttery variety of things and things into a prophesy of cherry-and-white elegance, finish with tradition cabinetry lifted off a building on steel legs, so we can still hose out a highway salt in a winter though ruining a wood. Add a built-in immaculate steel fridge, cabinets low adequate to hang golf clubs and skis, dual TVs with apart receivers, a discriminating and stained concrete building and a booze chiller, and you’ve got (OK, I have) a sceptical husband.

“It’s a really singular space,” Rogers says. “You can hang out, have a drink and fire a zephyr with a boys and work on your car, if that’s what we do.”

The owners of this enchanting garage (who did not wish her name used) substantially doesn’t spend most time with douse on her nose. The garage houses her new Maserati, says her crony Karen Wilkie, of Boulder.

Wilkie says she rents a home in South Dakota to a male who picked it for a plenty garage space, while another crony has a tiny ski emporium set adult in his garage, where he polishes friends’ skis and snowboards.

“People are always redoing their bathrooms and their kitchens,” Wilkie says. “But when we speak about improving a homes, garages are mostly overlooked.”

Contact Aimee Heckel during 303-473-1359, or

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