Garages can be so messy if you let them go. The sheer amount of things in your home often means the garage is a dumping ground. In addition, add a lack of shelving and organised storage space and you can be in trouble. Here are some tips to get things organised.

  1. Make An Assessment, Analyze And Then Prioritize

One of the main problems you might run into when organizing your garage (or any other cluttered space) is that the space has no plan. People fail over and over again to visualize and analyze the space to determine how they would like it to function. When it comes to your garage, what are your priorities? To be able to park your car inside of it (one of your largest investments)? To store sporting equipment and seasonal items? To have a work space? Or perhaps all of these? It may be possible to get everything you want if you take the time to think about how you will be using the space and prioritize. Once you have figured out your priorities, it will be easier for you to organize and purge your space since you won’t have to spend time on what does or does not belong in the space.

  1. Clear The Space

Starting out with a clean slate is important. Find a few blankets or tarps to place all of your items on. Place them in an open area such as your lawn or driveway. Lay everything out. Wash down or sweep the walls and floors of your garage.

Note: This can be an excellent opportunity for staining your concrete floor and painting the walls. Your space with be given a clean, fresh, new look. Learn how to throw things out with this blog.

  1. Get Things Sorted By Placing Like Items Together

As you are pulling things from your garage, gather up all of your decorations together in one area, then your camping gear, lawn items, tools, sporting equipment and so forth. You can even get down to the very small things like screws and nails and sort them also. You can even get your kids to help. Sorting like items together might seem like a real “no-brainer,” however it actually is a very important part of the organizing process, not only to sort but also to get everything put into its permanent spot.

  1. Purge

During this stage of the process, be ruthless. Try to commit yourself to eliminating at least 50% of the items in your space. Making this kind of effort goes a long way even if you don’t end up getting rid of quite that much. Make four piles for your purging process: recycle, trash, donate, keep. As you are purging, put each item into its proper category. Toss anything you haven’t used for more than a year or that is broken. Return anything that doesn’t belong to you or goes someplace other than your garage. Eliminate duplicates. Keep in mind you are attempting to get your garage organized. How many rakes, bats, basketballs, brooms, screws or hammers do you actually need? If you are having difficulties throwing things out just keep keep asking yourself the following questions: Do I really need this? Have I used it over the past year? Do I use it now? Is it something I love? If you don’t, then place the item in the recycle, trash or donate pile. Donating things is great since you will be providing somebody else with the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy some of your belongings.

  1. Take Inventory Of Everything You Have And Get Your Space Mapped Out Into Zones

Once you have your stuff pared down, take inventory of everything you have so that you have a good idea of what kinds of organizational items you have and what you are going to need to buy. Don’t ever buy any organizational items prior to purging. This will save you a lot of frustration, money and time. Now get your space mapped out. Get out a piece of paper and draw it out or mark off outlines with tape of the various work zones or spaces inside your garage. You can get a spot marked off for your vehicle, sporting equipment, workbench, lawn care and gardening supplies, hazardous material and paint cabinet, heavy duty shelving and more.

Remember to use the overhead and vertical spaces that you have available to you. Your walls can be used for installing shelving or hanging items on. The ceiling can also be used for placing plywood boards across the rafters for storing seldom used and seasonal items. Good garage shelving can make things a lot easier for you.

Think about frequency of use and convenience as well. For example, most likely you would like to have a trashcan placed close to the driver’s door on your car so you can throw things away easily. Or put the recycling bins next to the door that leads into your house so that it’s easy throwing things in. Or you could park or hang your bikes close to the garage door to make it easy for your children to get on their bikes and go for a ride.

Introducing the Topic

What thoughts and considerations go into our spaces in order to encourage placemaking outcomes? That is, a purposeful strategy to factor people into the planning process of making public spaces (What is placemaking, 2008).

What relates is an article I read about third places (not home or work) from a library perspective. My takeaways were:

  • We plan our spaces. Organizations strategize to create holistically appealing settings.
  • We learn from each other. What one institution strives to accomplish in one way or another certainly pertains to other businesses and/or organizations.
  • We care about people. Why else work with the public–be it library or small business–than to ensure beneficial experiences for all staff, customers, and visitors?


In addition,

  • “People Appreciate Opportunities to Linger…lingering is what you do after you’ve done what you came to do” (Malczewski, 20123, para.3).
  • People Yearn to Be around Others. (It pertains that this human back and forth duality has its own expression: face-to-face aka f2f.)

 
So people make places matter. Do better places make better people? And, where do the two intersect?
 

diamond center masonry pavement

This diamond pavement seems interesting yet static without walkers (Photo: BuddingCo).

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These bricks were made for walking as the action begins (Photo: BuddingCo).

Making A Masonry Supply Small Business Connection

Small business can be a microcosm of its larger counterpart–a village or a city–and a macrocosm of what’s smaller. Visitors see and touch stone textures while meandering in a masonry supply yard. Often they behave similarly on a larger scale in a national park or on a smaller scale in their own backyards. (Hey, is this lingering?)
  
At Budding Co. we interface with others outside in our yard, inside the store, at the design center or online right here. Everywhere however we’re in the building places business: trying to carry value over and above the sales transaction. There’s a bigger picture.
  

Involving Other Parties

Yes, a people-first movement is afoot. Architects and designers are getting on the placemaking bandwagon (Archinect, n.d.) as are contractors, masons and other building tradespersons who construct their projects. And, let us not forget artists and crafters (CraftsCouncil, 2014, video below).
  
We find it very motivating and an honor to be in the masonry field when these supplies are used for the betterment of people places. Indianapolis’s Cultural Trail, a prime example, was constructed with 11.25 acres of pavers! (Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., 2016, para. 6).
  

people walking in copley square boston

People invigorate Copley Square in Boston while strolling about (Photo: BuddingCo).


  

Personally Reflecting on the Topic

I believe in a very real sense you and I are community-building when we maintain, repair, enhance, and restore——by helping to improve spaces that bring people together——be it commercially in the town center or residentially around a patio fire pit.
  

Afterword

This article is the first about what inspires us at Budding Co. BTW what’s your take on placemaking?
  

References

Archinect. (n.d.). News: Placemaking. Retrieved August 9, 2016, from http://archinect.com/news/tag/94265/placemaking
  
CraftsCouncil. (2014, April 1). Place making [Video file, 7:03, YouTube]. See below.
  
Malczewski, B. (2013, October 17). Mantras of library design. Public Libraries Online: News & Opinion. Retrieved August 5, 2016, from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/10/mantras-of-library-design/
  
What is placemaking? (2008 [Date of website]). Placemaking Chicago. Retrieved August 5, 2016, from http://www.placemakingchicago.com/about/
  

Further Reading & Watching

PPS (Project for Public Spaces). (n.d.). 10 principles for successful squares. Retrieved August 5, 2016, from http://www.pps.org/reference/squaresprinciples/
  

Recently we delivered some products to downtown Silver Spring Maryland. Since the turn of the 21st century the town has seen a huge regrowth in development. There are a plethora of new shops down main street such as next day blinds.  If you’re on your way to the capital stop by and check out this hidden gem.

The bedroom is arguably the most important room in the house – mainly because of its mentally and physically stimulating qualities; sleep, rest, comfort, relaxation, privacy, intimacy, romance and leisure. It’s the one room in the house that only you need to appreciate. and really take to town on the personal effects. However, without organizing the aesthetics of your bedroom, you are missing out on a great opportunity to live a joyous life!

You spend around 8-10 hours a day every in your bed when you’re sleeping, waking and drifting into dreamland, not to mention the times you bring snacks up to cozy into the pillows and watch a film, or get ready for an evening out and have to try on 50 outfits before you successfully leave…or even those days off when all you want to do is sip tea and read your favorite novel.

A bedroom is at its best when it is tidy, clean and full of textural comfort. Of course, the color scheme, fixtures, furniture and accessories bring it to life. Themes are great for working these features into one. So take a look at these bedroom design ideas about how to follow the 2016 trends and make them your own!

5 Bedroom Design Inspirations for 2016

1. OLD WORLD CHARM

Ever been to one of those World Heritage sites or National Trust homes and fallen head over heels for their details? It’s easy to bring such historic elements into your contemporary space by using reclaimed wood and rustic furniture or adding beams on the ceiling and walls to create that country-village effect.

Use neutral palettes to make the rustic wood stand out and select natural fibers when choosing soft furnishings such as blankets, rugs, towels and curtains. This theme is perfect for guest bedrooms of a Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Hotel, as it works well with minimalism, ensuring that the wooden beams or furniture are the main focus. Definitely a quaint appearance to comfortably welcome many travelers looking to rest their weary heads!

2. PARADISE HOTEL

Take inspiration from exotic hotels around the world when designing the look of your bedroom. Think about it. When you travel abroad, what is it that makes you choose those specific spots? Other than the obvious price and location, aesthetics generally influence your decision making process. What kind of luxury are you wanting to experience? What colors excite you? Is it Instagram worthy if you took a photo of it? Would your friends and family back home be swooning over it too?

Then you should take those qualities and add them into your own room, so you always have that feeling of wanderlust! Go for Ottoman silhouettes, African prints, Greek pottery, ethnic rugs and lots of woven textures!

3. BLOGGER CHIC

If you want something completely modern, then opt for a style that we’ve dubbed ‘Blogger Chic’. You know what I’m talking about right? That very clean cut and minimalist bedroom with metallic accents, geometrical shapes and pastel shades? You can imagine a stack of Vogue magazines piled on a bedside table next to some fake roses and a scented candle.

Greys, pinks, creams and nude shades are big this year in interior design – particularly for the summer! With rose gold and copper being the metal of the moment, you’ll be wanting colors that stay warm yet subtle. Think about the layout of your accessories, the levels that your lights hang and the angle that your chair is facing… it’s all about having your space a photo shoot creating the illusion of perfect balance.

4. ANDROGYNY

Who’d have thought you could pull androgyny out of the fashion world and into the realm of interior design. Androgyny is the ideal compromise if you and your partner have different tastes and ideas about what the bedroom should emulate. Perhaps your boyfriend isn’t a fan of your fluffy cushions and fairy lights, or your girlfriend detests your tarnished rock band posters or blue tacked all over your last bedroom. Tt’s time to bring all the gender neutral forces together and create a space you can both be comfortable in!

It’s important to consider the things you both like – and decide on neutral palettes that can work with all your personal accents. If your partner loves a piece of art work but you prefer photo frames, get both and work them in together! Add a couple of prints and textures here and there – after all, it should be romantic and cozy too.