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Put the Garage in Park
Remember the main purpose of your garage? Hint: it has 4 wheels…

The garage is now widely recognized as one of the top home spaces in need of organization, as its perpetual clutter barely allows for cars. In fact, in a recent nationwide poll, only 58 percent of respondents claimed to use their garage for their vehicle. It’s time to put some drive into your parking space. Rubbermaid can help you get your garage organized—and keep it that way.

Creating proper storage in the garage begins with purging. Don’t be discouraged by the scope of the project; begin by attacking one shelf, corner or section at a time, discarding or donating anything you no longer use. From sports equipment the kids have outgrown to irreparable gardening tools, follow the “everything must go” clearance-sale motto.

Once you’ve categorized what will remain, it’s time to create effective storage that will make room for your vehicle, allow access to tools and, potentially, a workstation. If you’re like most people, your clutter problems in the garage span from the smallest nuts, bolts and nails to power tools and electrical cords to bulkier items like ladders, bicycles, long handled tools and totes. What could help? A wall-mounted rack, for starters. (Your wish list may also include a freestanding handle tool rack, a cordless tool center with outlets and cabinets with pull shelving.) The problem: options for organization are typically limited to the location of wooden studs in the garage.

Thus, your first step should be the introduction of Rubbermaid’s FastTrack system, the backbone of any garage organization. The system makes use of your entire wall, because the steel rail spans the space between the wall studs.  That means 10 times more storage space than screwing hooks directly into the studs alone. Simply hang the FastTrack rail, lock on the FastTrack accessories and organize your items where you need them the most—not just where the wall studs are located. The rail’s heavy steel construction provides extra durability, and it holds up to 1,750 lbs. A wide range of accessories can easily attach to the rail to create a customized garage storage system that can change to meet anyone’s changing storage needs.

Your garage will also benefit from adding any one or more of Rubbermaid’s convenient racking towers: the Corner Tool Tower, the Tool Tower, the Deluxe Tool Tower or the Sports Station Tower, each of which can help keep items from getting lost or piling up under foot once again.

Whether you are an organization fanatic or experiencing a new life stage (recently married, just purchased a new home, etc.), there’s never a bad time to whip the garage into functioning shape. And the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve managed to win back the space—turning a cluttered warehouse into an actual garage—will be immeasurable.