So this year, give dad the gift of a garage makeover. Not only will dad love having an enviable garage, mom will appreciate having everything in its proper place.
A recent survey done by Gladiator GarageWorks found that most Canadian women would like to have a garage that was an “organized oasis” (59 per cent), whereas men’s visions of a dream garage are more diverse: “organized oasis” (33 per cent), “wicked workshop” (27 per cent) and “auto shop garage” (22 per cent).
Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started on your dream garage:
• A family project: This is a great gift for dad, but it’s also a great way to spend time together as a family, and let everyone have input. To make dad feel special, give him a chair, a favourite beverage and let him sit back, relax and supervise.
• Purge: De-cluttering the garage is an important first step. You need to know what’s essential and what has just piled up that should be donated, sold or thrown away. What items do you use the most? The least? Grouping by seasons, frequency of use and/or by activity will help create order and make it easy to access what you’re looking for quickly.
• Everything in its place: To help with storage, consider a modular system like Gladiator GarageWorks, which can be customized and adjusted easily as your family’s needs and interests change over time. Use bins, hooks and cabinets to create place for everything from golf clubs to cleaning supplies to dad’s prized tool kit. A handy garage blueprint estimator to get you started is available online at http://www.gladiatorgarageworks.com.
• Sky’s the limit: If you think you’re short on space just look up. There’s lots of room above eye level for shelves and hooks to maximize your storage options.
This thoughtful project will make dad smile from ear to ear, and best of all it’s something the family can do together on a warm spring day.
†Resource: (Ipsos ASI, February 2010 among 1011 consumers across Canada)