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DIY Weekend Project: Kitchen Storage Solutions

Looking for a way to optimize your kitchen with easy and inexpensive storage solutions? Below are six great storage ideas.

Tin Can Storage

Tin CansPhoto: HGTV

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Shelf Dividers

shelf dividerPhoto: Martha Stewart

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Measuring Cup Storage

measuring cupPhoto: Infarrantly Creative

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Can Storage

Can storagePhoto: Family Handyman

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Modern Wine Rack

Wine rack Photo: Martha Stewart

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Glass Holder

Glass holderPhoto: Family Handyman

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Cookie Cutter Holder

cookie cutterPhoto: Better Homes and Gardens

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Tips to Organize your Garage in time for Father’s Day

Are you ready for Father’s Day? It’s this Sunday, you know. He has every tool know to modern man… Ah! But does he know where they ARE?! If you have a few hours this week, what about giving him an organized garage?!

In general, the most effective way to organize a garage is to first, empty it out… Yep! Pull everything out, and stage it in the driveway. Then clean the garage, and put back ONLY what you really need in there.

First pass: get rid of all trash/garbage/unusable toxics (paint cans, oil cans, etc.), then wipe out cobwebs and sweep out the garage. Power wash the floor, if you have time. Take a look at what’s there, and sort into categories: large tools (summer and winter); garden tools; lawn equipment; sports equipment; workshop tools; and hoses.

If you don’t already have organizers in the garage, take a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot, or view their websites, and check out solutions that might work for you, such as shelving, cabinets, pegboards and hooks. Come back home and re-envision your space. Where would a shelving unit work? Do you need more than one? Remember, keep like with like. Take necessary measurements and return to the home store for your purchases. Arrange the garage so you can easily park a car (or two) in there!

If you’re doing this for someone else, don’t micro-organize. Just get the general categories together. That’s the hard part. Let Dad or Mom have the pleasure of chalking the little shapes on the pegboard for the wrench and the hammer.


Photo Credit: Better Homes & Garden


About the Author: Judy DiForte is a professional organizer for The Betty Brigade, an Ann Arbor-based concierge company specializing in move coordination, organizing and event planning. Email her at Judy@BettyBrigade.com, or leave a comment here.


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DIY Weekend Project: Create a Sliding Storage Solution

Do you need more storage space? Is your garage so overloaded that you have to park your car in the driveway? Are you looking for a smart storage solution that you can do yourself?

The Family Handyman designed a simple and fast system using plywood and plastic bins to get all that stuff up and out of the way, taking advantage of unclaimed space in your garage.


According to The Family Handyman, you can build and install this storage solution in an afternoon. Note: Be sure to measure the height above your garage door before you buy the plastic bins.


9 Steps to Create a Sliding Storage Solution:

1. Measure the top of the tote to determine the width of the tote rims
and the size of the bottom flanges of the carriages.

2. Cut 3-in.-wide strips of 3/4-in. plywood for the bottom flange.
Center them on 4-ft.-long 2x4s, then glue and screw them.
Use 2-in. screws every 10 in.

3. Flip the carriage assemblies over.
Center the 5-in.- wide plywood top flanges and glue
and screw them to complete the carriage assemblies.

4. Locate the ceiling joists with a stud finder and snap chalk lines to mark them.
Probe with a finish nail to make sure the lines fall on joist centers.

5. Mark each carriage 12 in. from the end and align the mark with the joist location.
Screw the carriage temporarily to each joist on one side of the flange with 3-in. screws.

6. Cut a 2×4 template from your tote dimensions and mark the location of the top edge of the next carriage.
Mark the rear side as well, then screw it and the other carriages in place on one side only.

7. Check the fit of the totes and make sure the rims have maximum
bearing on the lower flanges. Make any necessary adjustments.

8. Drill 3/16-in. pilot holes in the top flanges. Then drive pairs of 3-1/2-in.
lag screws into each joist, removing the temporary screws as you go.
Use a minimum of four lag screws per carriage.

9. Mark the centers of the carriages and screw a 1×2 stop along the marks.
The stop will keep the totes from sliding too far into the carriages.


Photo Credit: TheFamilyHandyman.com

Source: TheFamilyHandyman.com



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