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Making The Garage A Family-Friendly Space

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - In the flurry of today’s active family lifestyles, it  is clear that the garage is no longer just the domain of the family car.

For many  households, this versatile space is used by every member of the family. It  has become the logical place to store tools and gear for sports, hobbies,  yard work and playtime, along with out-of-season items that would otherwise  take up room inside the home.

However, with so much to hold and family members coming and going all the  time, the challenge is to keep this space neat and well organized.

To help, here are some garage design tips from EasyClosets—an online  provider of do-it-yourself custom storage and organization systems for all areas of  the home.

• Establish the transition area—the space that’s  reserved for hanging coats, storing shoes and boots, and setting down  packages, groceries or mail when you’re opening the door.

• Next, determine a need-it-now area for quick and easy access to  things like dog food and leashes, water bottles and other beverages, or  recycling bins.

• Decide which area is best for long, thin yard and maintenance  tools like shovels, rakes and clippers.

• Identify elevation zones, creating a storage area for large items  that may be stored out of the way for months at a time, such as coolers,  camping gear and holiday decorations. Reserve easy-to-reach areas for the  kids to keep their sports equipment.

• Plan an area for frequently used items such as active gear,  outdoor games and cleaning supplies.

• Stake out a workspace for hobbies and interests. From gardening to  fishing, woodworking or automotive work, designate a space for organizing  tools and supplies needed to work on these projects.

A Multipurpose Space

To help homeowners complete the conversion of their garage to a truly  multipurpose family space, EasyClosets  created organization solutions that keep the garage in order, improve its  appearance, and make it easy for family members to find or put away the  things they need.

“Transforming the garage into a hardworking, multipurpose space can  actually empower a family’s active lifestyle,” said EasyClosets  organization expert Denise Scopas.

Homeowners can choose from cabinets, shelves, drawers, work surfaces and  clever accessories. EasyClosets garage cabinets are  available in several depth and height options, and can even be customized to  meet a variety of width requirements. To maximize space, the company also  offers slatwall panels to hold hooks, racks and baskets. The cabinets come in  seven on-trend colors and with stylish hardware that coordinates with  today’s homes.

Designed and engineered especially for the garage environment, the  solutions feature heavy-duty cabinets with integrated full back panels,  one-inch-thick sturdy shelves, and doors with wide-opening Euro-style hinges.  Legs can also be added for additional support or style.

Intuitive Design Feature

The company offers an intuitive online design tool to make space planning  quick and easy for homeowners. Complimentary design service is also  available, allowing customers to have an expert review their plan or create  it for them. The solutions are made specifically for do-it-yourself  installation. Components are cut to order and shipped with a complete set of hardware  and detailed instructions to make home assembly successful—even for  those without remodeling experience.

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