Back to the Basics of Outside Storage

Can you park two cars in your two car garage? How about one car in your two car garage? According to the U.S. Department of Energy 25% of homeowners polled with two-car garages, fill it with so much stuff, they can’t park even 1 car inside and 32% fit 1, but not 2 cars inside.  Have you also purchased one of those pre-fabricated storage sheds or have a  mini-storage to hold overflow storage? Don’t worry you are not alone! We recently worked with a client with a large family that moved into their home several years ago and didn’t have time to devote to organizing their detached garage. Like most of us, when they moved in they just put all the outside stuff in the garage. Over the years more and more things began to pile up until it became  impossible to access any area of the garage.  It was time to get back to the basics of outdoor storage.   Whether you are organizing inside or an outside storage shed, detached or attached garage the basic process is the same. Here’s the 5 step plan we used to organize this family’s garage: STEP 1 – PLAN We began by designing a plan for the space. Planning things out in advance turns chaos into control and is the most important part of any project. STEP 2 – EMPTY AREA & GROUP LIKE ITEMS We emptied contents from the space and grouped into like items. We created zones for large equipment (4 wheelers, riding mower, push mower, etc), Craftsman tool chests, non-powered tools (rakes, brooms, etc) and smaller items were grouped...

Are You Paying for a Storage Unit Each Month?

Reducing clutter from your life might seem like a no-brainer, but many consumers invest in storage facilities believe that the contents will lead to savings in the future. According to the Self Storage Association, approximately 7.0 sq. ft. of self storage space exists for every person in the nation and that “it is physically possible that every American could stand – all at the same time – under the total canopy of self-storage roofing.”  The self storage industry has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the US commercial real estate industry over the period of the last 40 years There are more than 48,500 self storage facilities in the US as of 2014 8.96% of all American households currently rent a self storage unit (10.85 million of the 113.3 million US households in 2013) Total self storage rentable space in the US is just above 2.3 billion square feet. That figure represents more than 78 square miles of rentable self storage space or an area approximately twice the size of Lafayette. The common misconception is that by storing old furniture, clothing and other belongings, you can save money by not having to repurchase these items when/if you need them in the future. Unlike storing extra belongings in your garage, keeping units at storage facilities cost money. Storage unit prices are determined based on the size of the unit, the location of the storage facility and other special storage unit features. Prices can become very costly per month: Small storage unit (5 ft. x 5 ft.): $55 Medium storage unit (10 ft. x 10 ft.): $125 Large storage unit (20...

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