Garage Storage and the Clutter Connection

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We received some feedback from a Facebook follower recently which prompted an interesting conversation at Proslat. Matthew told us that when he finished his own garage reno and found he had a little slatwall left over, he gave it to his dad. “Dad” quickly put it up in his own garage and Matthew was surprised to see the level of pleasure his dad got from organizing some of his own things. He took the time to send us a message to says thanks for our “great product” and went on to say that the pandemic was a good time for people to tidy up their lives and the garage was a good place to start.

 

We received some feedback from a Facebook follower recently which prompted an interesting conversation at Proslat. Matthew told us that when he finished his own garage reno and found he had a little slatwall left over, he gave it to his dad. “Dad” quickly put it up in his own garage and Matthew was surprised to see the level of pleasure his dad got from organizing some of his own things. He took the time to send us a message to says thanks for our “great product” and went on to say that the pandemic was a good time for people to tidy up their lives and the garage was a good place to start.

His final comment created a conversation about the whole declutter/get organized phenomena that continues to sweep over us and why it matters in the garage. In the past, you didn’t spend a great deal of time in the garage but today, with all the hobbies and sports that the average family juggles, the garage has become an integral part of the home. A fact that becomes important when you learn that several studies found that more than half the homeowners surveyed listed the garage as the most cluttered space in their homes. The research is fairly clear that clutter increases stress and anxiety by negatively affecting people’s ability to focus. And the experts tell us that disorganization, not lack of space, causes 80% of household clutter.

His final comment created a conversation about the whole declutter/get organized phenomena that continues to sweep over us and why it matters in the garage. In the past, you didn’t spend a great deal of time in the garage but today, with all the hobbies and sports that the average family juggles, the garage has become an integral part of the home. A fact that becomes important when you learn that several studies found that more than half the homeowners surveyed listed the garage as the most cluttered space in their homes. The research is fairly clear that clutter increases stress and anxiety by negatively affecting people’s ability to focus. And the experts tell us that disorganization, not lack of space, causes 80% of household clutter.

So, if clutter doesn’t allow you to feel relaxed and on top of things, wouldn’t you be better off to start in the house? Apparently not. Better, more organized storage is seen as a big part of the solution and most of us are not installing storage systems in our bedrooms. So it makes sense that the work begins in the garage, particularly if you are among the 50% of homeowners who use the garage as their house’s main entryway.

So, if clutter doesn’t allow you to feel relaxed and on top of things, wouldn’t you be better off to start in the house? Apparently not. Better, more organized storage is seen as a big part of the solution and most of us are not installing storage systems in our bedrooms. So it makes sense that the work begins in the garage, particularly if you are among the 50% of homeowners who use the garage as their house’s main entryway.

If you are using the garage as a gateway between work and home, is this what you want to see when you come home?

 

If you are using the garage as a gateway between work and home, is this what you want to see when you come home?

 

The storage solution begins with slatwall. Once you have sorted what’s worth keeping and arranged your things into like categories, you can take a look at how best to store it. Is it easily hung from a hook (rakes, shovels, hoses) or a basket (balls, cleaning supplies)? Is it better lifted up out of the way (off season sporting equipment, tires)? Or is it hazardous material best kept behind lock and key in a durable cabinet?

Whether you go “all in” on a complete garage reno or start with wall sections, Proslat can help you create a clutter-free space. We have been delivering quality, innovative designs and unbeatable prices to consumers for over a decade and we can help you choose the perfect storage system for your needs.

The storage solution begins with slatwall. Once you have sorted what’s worth keeping and arranged your things into like categories, you can take a look at how best to store it. Is it easily hung from a hook (rakes, shovels, hoses) or a basket (balls, cleaning supplies)? Is it better lifted up out of the way (off season sporting equipment, tires)? Or is it hazardous material best kept behind lock and key in a durable cabinet?

Whether you go “all in” on a complete garage reno or start with wall sections, Proslat can help you create a clutter-free space. We have been delivering quality, innovative designs and unbeatable prices to consumers for over a decade and we can help you choose the perfect storage system for your needs.

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