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The Lazy Man's Guide to Garage Storage

Let's face it, not everybody has the desire, time or energy to set up a real nice and organized garage storage system in their garage or shop. Any super organized system is going to cost some money; granted, some are very affordable and others are more expensive. And they all allow you to put everything you have in it's own special little place. But let's face it, some people just don't want to go to all that trouble! I had a neighbor once who had his own garage storage solutions, I studied it a bit, asked him some questions to help me solve some of the mystery behind his thinking, and came up with some basic guidelines to what he does. I call his system The Lazy Man's Guide to Garage Storage, and here are some basics in a nutshell.

  1. Put everything in a box. Now, apple and orange boxes from the grocery store work best. They have lids, the sizes are uniform, and they are free. But that is the organizational side of me speaking. My neighbor did have some of these boxes, but overall didn't want to go to the trouble to check at the grocery store for boxes (remember, the key word is lazy). So he had boxes of all shapes and sizes, mostly from packages he had received, or boxes that stuff had come in that he had purchased. Some had lids, but most had flaps or were just kept open (easier to see inside). Shoe boxes seem like they would be too small to do any good, but I have noticed that the lazy man has a lot of shoe boxes in his garage - plus he seems to know what is in them! They seem to work great for small items. One box will have a bunch of nails, another one various drill bits, another one full of rags. Labeling all boxes is optional, usually done only if a pen happens to be handy.
  2. Group like boxes together. You can do this neatly, but the truly lazy man's way is to just toss the boxes in the corner. In one corner can go all the kid's stuff and old keepsake boxes that you almost never get into, but you can't bear to throw the stuff away. Along one wall, boxes full of Christmas and other holiday decorations. Then another pile for camping and sporting gear. If the lazy man is lucky, his garage has shelves in them that can be used for some of the piles (these shelves existed when he moved in). The last main pile will be the man's stuff, things like tools, and though it may look cluttered, he can find anything he needs.
  3. Acquire some type of work surface. Besides watching TV every night, and as many games as possible on the weekend, the lazy man does get an itchin' to do something at times (maybe due to his wife's nagging), and that usually means tinkering around with something. This requires a work surface of some kind. But no fancy work benches for this guy in his garage storage system! Why spend the money when you can just set up of a couple of saw horses with an old door on top, or scrounge up an old table that a friend or neighbor was about to donate to the dump or local charity store. If the table is too low to tinker effectively, some wood or concrete blocks work great to add a bit of height. On top of the table is often a collection of the aforementioned shoe boxes. Though cluttered, it is easy to push everything aside and do whatever needs to be done.
Well, that is about it for The Lazy Man's Guide to Garage Storage. It may not work for everybody, especially if you like your stuff super organized, but you would be surprised by how many people use a garage storage system similar to this keep their garage organized!

 


How Much Junk One Should Have Before Calling a Junk Removal Company?

Cleanliness and tidiness at home are very important, and you can remove your junk with the help of a junk removal agency. However, you may be quite unsure when is the best time to have your junk removed. It is really not a good idea to call a junk removal company when you have too little junk, but you should also bear in mind that an increase in the amount of junk will cost you higher removal fees. So, it is really necessary to determine a budget before you decide to have your junk removed. Selection of a good junk removal agency is also essential as rates of these agencies may differ substantially.

What are the things you can call a junk removal company to remove?

While deciding how much junk you should have before calling a junk removal agency, it is wise to find out the types of things that junk removal companies pick up and also the things that they don't. Most junk removal companies do not pick up commercial and hazardous waste. The main types of waste that junk removal agencies pick up are as mentioned below:

Paint, Pesticides, Insecticides, Paint thinners and Strippers, Tires, Batteries, Antifreeze, Motor Oil, Oil Filters, Propane Tanks, Florescent Lights, Solvents, Fertilizers, Pool Chemicals, Oven and Drain Cleaners, Furniture and Metal Polish, Electronics, Monitors and Others.

When is the right time to call a junk removal company?

Cleaning the entire home in a day can be hectic and troublesome, so instead of removing a large amount of junk, it is best to remove it slowly. On the other hand, the cost of junk removal depends on the amount of junk you want to dispose. Therefore, it is indeed essential that you know exactly how much junk to remove at a time.

Usually, the charges for commercial junk and domestic junk removals can vary. If you live in a small house, it is wise to get junk removal service when you have a small amount of junk, as this is more affordable. There are different online space calculators which can be used to determine the right amount of junk to dispose. With these calculators, you will know exactly how much junk you should dispose to get the best possible rates.

Getting the best prices for junk removal

You may have doubts when it comes to the prices of junk removal services. There may be several different types of junk removal charges. For less junk, the junk removal service providers will typically charge lower rates. In case you have a lot of junk to remove, you may have to pay maximum charges. The exact charges can be determined by calling the junk removal service providers. After you are sure of the prices, then you can decide the amount of the junk you want to dispose. It is also important that you find out the prices and quality of services of different companies to ensure that you have the best deal possible.

The pricing for junk removal can also vary depending on the locality you are in. Some junk removal companies will provide the rates of their junk removal services according to zip codes. Special discounts are also available for those who take advantage of online junk removal booking facilities.

Calling the junk removal companies

Junk removal service providers usually have toll free customer care helplines, and you can find the information you need by dialing these numbers. You can also call the customer care executives of different companies to have a better idea of the junk removal services offered by them. It is also a good idea to write e-mails to these companies as most of them will respond to your enquiry promptly.

 


Organizing Your Workspace: The Cubicle Challenge

Do you find that your cubicle is more like a cell than a workspace? This article will give you some tips that will help you get started organizing your workspace so you can accomplish a higher level of productivity despite the distractions. Specifics may vary from person to person; however, the following information includes helpful and important guidelines from which everyone can benefit.

Office cubicles - they're a fact of life in just about every company and millions of people work in them. While we've all come to accept the office cubicle as a fixture of the modern business environment, but there can be drawbacks to working in one. For example, they can lack privacy simply because they are basically open, usually with no doors and with walls that only reach partially to the ceiling. Organizing your workspace will help you become more productive so you can deal with the distractions that cubicle life throws at you.

At times, the inherent design of a cubicle can be a detriment to working productively, negatively affecting the ability of office workers to obtain daily goals such as meeting deadlines. To follow are some straightforward tips for organizing your workspace and minimizing the distractions that come with working in a cubicle that prevent you from accomplishing a higher level of office productivity:

Keep the noise level down. As you might guess, one of the biggest detriments to working in a cubicle is the fact that because they're not sound-proof. It's easy to be distracted by too much noise. Be courteous to your fellow workers and encourage them to do the same by avoiding the use of radios or CD players. Also, be aware of the volume of your voice when on the telephone and try to avoid shouting over the walls to fellow workers.

Create visual barriers. Many office cubicles have particularly low walls that provide very little privacy. Try stacking books on shelves near the top of the wall to effectively increase the height of the wall. You can even use filing cabinets to create barriers and put your filing organizers on top to create more height.

Remember that neatness counts, especially in a cubicle. Most cubicles are limited in the amount of space in which they allow you to work. Try not to accumulate too much extraneous stuff that can cause your workspace to become messy and more crowded than it already is. For example, if you receive a box from the mail room, remove what you need and discard the box. Also, do not allow paperwork to build up. File as soon as you possibly can.

Keep visitation to a minimum. The openness of a cubicle can be especially tempting to office visitors who want to just drop by for a chat. Although such visits are OK once in a while, they can be highly distracting to you as well as your cube-mates if there's a continual stream of visitors. Find a polite way to excuse yourself so that you can get back to work and save the idle chat for your next break.

 




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