Great Basement (or Garage) Storage

Some people hide their clutter in the garage or basement especially when visitors are coming. It's the quickest way to tidy up and you can close the door so no one sees the clutter. However, when the guests are gone, people tend to forget to go back and sort out the clutter and the piles keep growing. As result, when you want to find something, it's too difficult to find it in the clutter and you go out and buy it again.

One of the things to ask yourself when you want to organize your garage and basement is whether you have enough shelves so everyone in the family knows where to put things and more important, where to find things when needed. Here are some simple tips for shelving you can put in any basement or garage and find what you need next time.

Basic Shelving You or Your Handyman Can Build

Most shelving you can buy and install is only 18 inches deep. Sometimes, you'll want to have deeper shelves, like 2 feet deep, to store items in the basement.

As the shelves are locate in the basement, it is best to use pressure treated wood on the bottom in case there are water issues. You should also leave the top shelves open for the storage of larger, bulkier items.

From an Empty Space to Walls of Shelving

Here are the steps on how to build shelves, assuming you've got the tools and basic materials like nails (what you would expect a handyman to carry in their truck).

• Plan shelving on site so you can take actual measurements and be ready for the shopping trip. This way, you can be sure that your shelves have the accurate measurement.

• Pick up materials at a box store or local building supply store. For this particular trip, visit your favorite Home Improvement store. It may be possible for your Handyman to rip the plywood needed for the shelves, to the required sizes, saving a lot of time and avoiding
a lot of mess..

• Again, do not forget to use pressure treated wood for the bottom layer of framing so you can protect the shelves and the stuff on them from potential water damage.

• Bring materials back to the basement and set up tools. It is ideal to create the shelves on the site that you plan to put it to avoid transferring it from one place to another.

• Measure, cut and assemble shelving in place

• Leave top shelves open so that homeowners have easier access.

Tina Gleisner, founder of the Association of Women Home Owners connects homeowners with concepts, terminology and advice to build homes that support today's lifestyles. Through the library and directory at, you can LEARN more about how to maintain and repair your home and more.


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