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"Fall" Into Garage Organization

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Bye Bye Summer

The end of summer means time to put away the sprinkler, gardening tools and your camping equipment. Your “fall into garage organization” plan means putting all of your summer gear back where it belongs (if it even had a spot in the first place!)

A messy garage looks terrible and can cost you money. When your garage is unorganized, you will spend your time looking for lost items and might end up buying something you already have. Who knows? Your garage organization can actually save you money!

A cluttered garage can also result in injuries. Garages usually house hazardous items like

  • Chemicals
  • Saws
  • Hedge Trimmers

These items are usually stored right alongside children’s toys and bicycles. Having these items stored in an unorganized way could result in a terrible accident. Your garage organization project can help keep your family (and vehicle!) safe. When your garage is overstuffed, you risk hitting items with your car doors when you try to exit your vehicle. Or tripping over something as you get out!Fall is a great time for garage organization!

Fall is a good time to fix the situation. Here are some tips to help you fall into garage organization:

1. Be Prepared

Your garage organization plan is time consuming and physically demanding. Pace yourself, so that you do not run out of steam before the job is complete. If you think it is going to take more than one day to complete, consider renting a storage container. This way, your belongings are not sitting out in your driveway while you complete your organization. If the job is too big for you to finish on your own, consider offering to help a friend help with one of their household projects if they help you with yours.

2. Take it All Out

Take everything out of your garage and sort it into piles of like items.

  • Sports equipment
  • Hardware
  • Tools
  • Yard care
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Seasonal goods
  • Household goods
  • Toys

3. Throw it away

Your next step during your fall into garage organization project is to purge. First, throw away anything that is expired or broken. If you find anything that you borrowed from someone else, now is the time to return it. When you find more than one of the same items, donate or sell the extra items. If you do not need (or love) an item, toss it out. Do not save items you haven’t used for a long time because you might need them someday. If you ever really need those items again, you can buy, borrow, or rent another one!

4. Clean it Up

While your garage is empty is the perfect time to clean it thoroughly. During your garage organization project, get rid of all of the dust and grime, clean off your workbench, and scrub or repaint your garage floor.

5. Organize it Right

Make sure the things you use the most are easily accessible. This will keep you from making a mess looking for things. Avoid putting things on the garage floor by installing shelves during your garage organization. Store items in clear containers so that everything is easy to find, and label everything after sorting it into the containers. Use hooks to keep bikes, shovels, rakes and ladders off the floor.

6. Keep it Clean

One of the most important things you can do is maintain your newly organized garage. Do not wait until it is a total mess again to act. If you see it starting to be cluttered, it is time for a mini clean up! When you use items, put them away immediately. With a little upkeep, you can keep your garage clean and clutter free.

As you’re organizing your garage, you may find it necessary to have a garage sale! If so, take a look at our garage sale pricing guide below! Good luck!

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Successful Garage Sale Tips

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

While the art of a yard sale may seem pretty straightforward, simple alterations in timing, pricing, and display can make the difference between a successful sale and a full-on flop. So in honor of National Garage Sale Day this month check out these garage sale tips:garage sale

Garage Sale Tip #1 Advertise Well

If you’re already using social media posting your goods and garage sale times a week in advance. Remember, if you’re selling larger tickets items such as furniture, listing then on Craig’s List is a better idea. Most people don’t go to garage sales with hundreds of dollars.

Garage Sale Tip #2 Place Large Items In Front

Just like meeting new people, you only have a few seconds to make a good first impression. Place all your larger items in front to grab drivers attention.

Garage Sale Tip #3 Have A Free Pile

Don’t dismiss the allure of “Free” A free pile of things you may have donated, will get many people to stop.Be sure it’s well marked and can’t be mistaken for your real goods to sell.

Garage Sale Tip #4 The Power of Neighbors

To have a successful garage sale it’s important to have an item rich sale. Ask friends and neighbors if they have anything to add.

Garage Sale Tip #5 Price to Sell & Price-tag Everything

We all know having a garage sale is actually a last ditch effort to get rid of your junk in the hope someone will love it enough to buy it! Download our Garage Sale Pricing Guide for help you pricing your goods to sell.

Garage Sale Tip #6 Organized

If you don’t want your junk to look like just a bunch of junk, keep your space organized, clean & tidy.

Garage Sale Tip #7 Bags To Contain Sets

Use gallon-size or sandwich size zip-lox bags with multiple pieces together.

Garage Sale Tip #8 All Things Just Like The Others

The more you keep like items together the more you will sell.

To help make your garage sale a success, download our garage sale pricing guide!
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For the third year in a row, Overhead Door wins Women's Choice Award

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

When it comes to finding a trusted garage door brand, women across the United States are turning to Overhead Door.

 womens choiceFor the third year in a row, Overhead Door has earned the Women’s Choice Award by WomenCertified® for America’s Best for Home in the garage door category. Based on a national survey of women who were asked to select the brands they would most likely recommend to others, the Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for assisting consumers in making informed purchases.

For all of us at Overhead Door, winning a 2014 Women’s Choice Award is a high honor because it validates our ongoing efforts to deliver superior products, reliability and service. The award is also important for our Red Ribbon Distributors because research has found that women are often the key decision makers for any major home component purchase. For example, a 2013 Fleishman Hillard study likened today’s female consumer to a CEO of a household, citing that she controls the day-to-day purchasing in a household and partners with her spouse in larger purchasing and financial decisions.

In recent years, Overhead Door and many of our distributors have revamped sales processes and introduced new marketing materials into showrooms that are centered on enhancing the garage door buying experience. For example, our Door View Design Center enables sales associates and customers to see how a new garage door will look on a customer’s home before any purchase is made – making visualization of a new door come to life from the comfort of a personal computer or tablet device.  Additionally, our Garage Door Selection video series allows a customer to learn about the many aspects of choosing a garage door before stepping inside a showroom. Both of these marketing enhancements make it easier for the busy female shopper to do the proper research from her own home before she sets foot into a showroom.  To learn more about Overhead Door, its residential products and to find a local Overhead Door distributor, visit www.overheaddoorpermianbasin.com

You can also start with our Design Consulation. Contact us HERE or by clicking on the button below.

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Safe Driving For Teens

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 06:55 AM

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With so many distractions it is hard to let your kids get behind the wheel. Driving is risky business. One of the most important lessons for new drivers is what it means to be a defensive driver. Kids think “I’m a good driver” not thinking about what the other drivers around you are doing. As a defensive driver, you can avoid crashes and help lower your risk behind the wheel.

If you've been out on the roads, you know that not everyone drives well. Some people speed aggressively. Others wander into another lane because they aren't paying attention. Drivers may follow too closely, make sudden turns without signaling, or weave in and out of traffic.

Aggressive drivers are known road hazards, causing one third of all traffic crashes. But inattentive driving is becoming more of a problem as people "multitask" by talking on the phone, texting or checking messages, eating, or even watching TV as they drive.

You can't control the actions of other drivers. But updating your defensive driving skills can help you avoid the dangers caused by other people's bad driving.

Stay focused. Driving is primarily a thinking task, and you have a lot of things to think about when you're behind the wheel: road conditions, your speed and position, observing traffic laws, signs and signals, following directions, being aware of the cars around you, checking your mirrors — the list goes on. Staying focused on driving — and only driving — is key.

Distractions, like talking on the phone or eating, make a driver less able to see potential problems and properly react to them. It's not just teen drivers who are at fault: People who have been driving for a while can get overconfident in their driving abilities and let their driving skills get sloppy. All drivers need to remind themselves to stay focused.

Stay alert. Being alert (not sleepy or under the influence) allows you to react quickly to potential problems — like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Obviously, alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) affect a driver's reaction time and judgment. Driving while drowsy has the same effect and is one of the leading causes of crashes. So rest up before your road trip.

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