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7 Organization Tips for a More Functional Garage

2/23/2016

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Is your garage so packed with bikes, tools and unmarked boxes of junk that you’re forced to park in the driveway? Here are some tips to rein in the clutter and actually use your garage for your car.

Free the floor: Hang bikes from the ceiling or walls using specially made hooks, or install a ceiling organizer to store camping gear and other seasonal items.

Build a shelving system: Organizing pros say systems that allow you to see the contents tend to keep down the clutter more than units with doors that hide the chaos.

Reorganize your recycling: Check out the handy stackable containers available at your local home improvement store to help you sort and store recyclables.

Find a new purpose: Closet storage solutions, like hanging plastic shoe holders, are great for storing miscellaneous items in the garage. They can be perfect for cans of spray paint, small gardening implements and hand tools.

Find a new place for paint: The gallon cans of paint you’ve been tripping over may be ruined if the temperature gets too low. Move them to the basement and free up some floor space.

8 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids

2/23/2016

For those days when even the snow angels are shivering, it’s good to have an emergency list of indoor boredom-busting activities for kids other than the TV. See if any of these activities might appeal to your little ones.

1. Hit the “lab”
Try a few experiments. You can build a classic sparkly volcano, with baking soda, vinegar and glitter in a vase, or write secret messages with invisible ink made from lemon juice. Many more ideas are available online.

2. Ready, set, go!
Incorporate furniture, cardboard boxes and jump ropes in obstacle courses kids can run against the clock.

3. Strike out
Hardwood floors are perfect for indoor bowling. Stack plastic cups in a pyramid and try to bowl them over with rolled up socks.

4. Go old school
Have kids create cards or write letters to out-of-town friends and relatives — or even public figures they admire!

5. Go hunting
Create a scavenger hunts for kids. You can find some ideas here.

6. DIY cooking/baking show
Kids love to get creative in the kitchen, especially with foods that can be extensively “decorated” such as pizzas and cupcakes. Add another level of fun by recording the process and splicing together a mini-cooking show for relatives.

7. Color me busy
There are a zillion types of coloring books available for kids. Lately, coloring books have also grown in popularity with stressed-out adults. Sit down with your kids and try to stay in the lines — or not!

8. Get up on the dance floor
Move the furniture and clear space for the kids to boogie down. Music services like Pandora can help you find just the right tunes to get kids moving.

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