Garage organization - preparing for the new
Getting your garage organized and
prepared for the new roll-up garage door installation can take
some time depending on how cluttered your garage is. Stuff will
have to be cleared up, so for this reason, it's good to know
what week to expect your garage door installation.
Knowing what week to expect your garage door installation
means your garage stuff isn't left outside, or wherever for a
few weeks while you wait for the installation company to call
with an installation date. Unfortunately, I had to call my
installer since they weren't in a hurry to call me.
Boats or project cars will have to be cleared out of
the garage. The floor should be clear for about half way back.
This includes anything hanging like bicycles, life vests for
the boat, or whatever.
The same is true for your workbench. The workers will need
to be able to stand on it during the door installation. So
you'll need to organize the surface of your workbench if you
have one - again to about half way back. If your garage does
not have a workbench, you might consider getting one. A
workbench can be a great help in organizing the
Any shelving units lining the garage will need to be cleared
off the top shelf too to make room for installers to work on
the roll-up door rails.
You might even need to permanently move overhead lighting
systems, or at least adjust the height or location.
When garage door installation companies come out to bid on
your job, they will tell you everything they need cleared out,
and for how far back into your garage. But the above advice is
general - your experience might require more clearing or
Another thing about this - think of it as an opportunity for
garage organization. Organize or clear out the
clutter that's been collecting in your garage for years and
years. You'll be able to sweep out areas that haven't been
swept in years - perhaps even decades? Think of all the goodies
you'll find that you thought you lost. On the other hand, there
could even be some unpleasant discoveries too.
Another opportunity once your garage organization is
complete, if you want to take things a little further, is to
consider some garage
floor maintenance or one of those coating systems that
look oh-so nice. But that's the kind of thing you do when you
move into a new place and the garage is empty. There's lots of
good things that can come with clearing out the garage - and
now you have a reason to - your new roll-up garage door.
And of course, many of us use some garage space is for
household storage space too. Good organization can go a long
way to efficient use of the of garage storage space
avaialble. Organized storage can make the difference between
a sane system where you are able to find what you need, and
a mess of stuff that you can never find when you need it.
For more on garage
organizer systems and tips.
One last word on garage organization. Do be careful not to
tangle with any black widow spiders or whatever critters live
in garages in your area. In the San Jose Bay Area, black widow
spiders are very common. It can hurt if they bite you, and you
might wind up with a big nasty welt that needs medical
attention - or worse.
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