Up, Up & Away! Tips to Organize Your Garage

This is a guest post submitted by Nic Hargraves of Monkeybar Storage Edmonton - a customized storage system that is built on-site to make sure that all of your unique garage storage needs are met.

Now that the warm weather is here to stay, its time to make room for the items that help us enjoy being outside so much. These items that will need room can include: baseball bats, bikes, tennis rackets, lawn chairs, sports balls of any variety, coolers and much more!

Its always best to have places available before getting out or purchasing these types of seasonal items. Luckily you have many options and ways to make this needed room. One of the best ways is to use the extra space that our homes offer. "Where can I find this space?" you might ask.

Overhead Storage

The Unused Space

Overhead storage is the key. In many garages there is wasted space above the vehicles that park in them. That few feet of space that is otherwise left unused can be made much more useful by installing a sturdy overhead rack. This enables us to store less used items up and out of our way.

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Overhead Storage, Source: Garage Shelving Edmonton

The best things to store on high storage areas such as overhead racks are items that you still value or need but use infrequently. Items such as this might include: Holiday decorations, family memoirs, items that the older kids have out grown but the younger ones will need in a few years and things for safe keeping.


An important step in this organizational process is the initial sorting. I use the three categories of Trash, Treasure and Donate. Go through your items and your kid's items with them and decide together what things we want to keep and what things we can part with. Then move to the "part with" section and sort them into trash or donate depending on if you feel someone else can find value in them.

These simple steps and storage ideas can really help make more room in our homes for the items that we will be frequently using now that summer is about to take off!


Sara MacLennan is the Director of Marketing at Liv Real Estate and a licensed Real Estate Associate. The bulk of Sara’s experience and wealth of expertise lies in on-line technology and marketing both for agents and consumers. Sara is the former National Director for Interactive Marketing for Coldwell Banker Canada where she was responsible for an extensive training program traveling to offices across the country training agents and brokers on marketing and technology. Find Sara on Twitter @edmontonblogger.

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3 Responses to “Up, Up & Away! Tips to Organize Your Garage”

  1. wsnNo Gravatar 05. Jun, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Just buy a larger lot and build 3/4-car garage.

  2. a common guyNo Gravatar 05. Jun, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    probably in Winderemere, eh? LOL
    Not everybody has that kind of cash…

    • wsnNo Gravatar 05. Jun, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

      Then build a 22′ wide x 30′ deep garage on a small lot.

      The additional cost is about 10~20k. Not too pricy and very useful. The super large bonus room on the garage would be great for the kids too.