Converting a garage into a man cave isn’t an easy thing in Tampa Bay. During the summer months, it’s too hot for physical labor, during the winter it’s too cold and in the fall you have serious inclement weather conditions with a chance of hurricanes. This leaves spring as the best time of year to create your gentleman’s quarters. Here are five tips to help you organize your garage quickly and efficiently so you can go about creating your manly grotto without having all the clutter slow you down.
1. Hang the bikes
Avoid the sideways glide as you walk through your garage by installing a bicycle ceiling rack. The wonderful item attaches to the ceiling or trusses, clearing serious floor space taken up by our favorite mode of non-carbon emitting transportation. By installing a ceiling mounted bicycle rack, you can safely store these bulky objects overhead and claim your space back.
2. Organize the tools
One of the most frustrating things that happen in the home is the “borrowing” and subsequent loss of tools. How many of us remember our fathers angrily stomping into the living room or kitchen yelling about a missing hammer or screwdriver? A good way to avoid the uproar and keep everything tidy is by buying a simple pegboard and some hooks. They come in a variety of different colors, are relatively inexpensive, and are very easy to find.
3. Store the chemicals
No garage would be complete without a few cabinets. Whether they hang on a wall or stand freely, a cabinet offers an out-of-the-way place to store household cleaners as well as store those extra small appliances we love to collect. Available in a multitude of colors and finishes, a fine cabinet is a spiffy way to hide the junk while adding the manlike ambiance the cave craves.
4. Use your walls space
A rule of thumb for all garages is if you don’t have good garage shelving, buy some. Making the most of your wall space is essential when preparing your garage for its transformation from dull square box to glorious man cave. Not only do they help keep clutter off the floor, but they also add a neat, organized feel to the room as well as helping to free up valuable “man” room.
5. Keep a few storage bins
From nails and screws to nuts and bolts, the garage is usually the place where you store some of your smallest items. Keeping these pieces separate and organized proves to be a challenge. Why not avoid the frustrations of hunting and pecking through a tin can full of oddly sized hardware by purchasing a hardware storage unit? These handy organizers come with an array of different sized drawers that help you keep track of these pesky little pieces by providing flexible storage solutions.
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Having trouble finding the products you’re looking for? Below is a quick list of local merchants who can help you create the den of your dreams.
American Garage Tampa Bay
8080 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat by appointment only
8538 Bench Dr #6
Port Richey, FL 34668
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Craftsmen Supply Center
5011 E Busch Blvd
Tampa, FL 33617
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm, Sat – 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sun – Closed
Denise Roane lives near Tampa Bay, Florida and is always on-the-go searching for fun new ways to make ‘Home’ exciting. She fully believes ‘your home is where your heart is’ and is constantly coming up with affordable new ways to turn her home into a palace while finding practical, economical solutions to help with every day household problems. Find her work here.