Sunday, September 9, 2012

National Clean Out Your Garage Day Review and Give-a-way...



I am a day late in posting this, but nevertheless it's important to talk about... 

Did you know that yesterday, Saturday Sept. 8th was "National Clean Out Your Garage Day" this year? National Clean Out Your Garage Day is an observance dedicated to educating Americans about garage safety.

 The Lehigh Group, maker of Crawford branded garage and workshop organization established this day to occur the first weekend after Labor Day every year when we are transitioning from summer to fall and we begin putting away  items such as bikes, lawnmowers and garden tools for the season.

With that being said how clean is your garage?  Is it organized or an absolutely mess? We've only been in our house for a little over a year and we already have a garage cluttered with stuff.  From lawn care items, to bikes and tons of other miscellaneous things it has just become a free-for-all and we are constantly trying to organize it. 

Did you know that nearly 4 in 10 (39 percent) have tripped over an item in their garage?  More than a quarter (27 percent) have hit an object when opening a vehicle door and 22 percent have accidentally hit something when parking!  Crazy isn't it!  Well if we all just took the time to organize our garages a little better we could make them a lot safer for ourselves and our family.

So here is a little help from the Lehigh Group to help you get your garage organized and keep it that way--

They suggest these organizing tips:

Make Organization a Family Affair

Have old kids’ shoes, clothes and sports equipment in the garage? Invite the kids to participate. Ask them to try on boots, clothing and other gear stored there. They can pretend to put on a fashion show, and you’ll be able to determine which items are either too small or too big and should be given away.

Try It Out

The best way to determine whether you should keep, donate or throw away is to physically go through all of the lawn and sports equipment to see if it works. From there, label each piece with a tag showing its condition and the decision. Give other members of the household a chance to look it over and weigh in on the decision so nothing too sacred is accidentally tossed.

Follow Weight Guidelines

Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space that can easily be converted into storage space by installing hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails and overhead storage systems to secure your items. For safety’s sake, be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions regarding weight limits on hooks, rails and shelving. Look for storage products that are built for strength.

Keep It Light

Add lighting to shelves and dark corners to make it easier and safer to find the tools and equipment you need, even at night (or all day if you have a window-less garage). All of the boxes and labels in the world won’t work unless you can see what you are organizing.

Clean Items Before Storing Them

Sporting and pool equipment that will go unused until next summer needs to be properly cleaned and dried to help avoid mildew growth. Consider purchasing waterproof bins to keep any other moisture and pests away. This also is a good opportunity to check expirations and wipe down older cans of paint, pesticides and other garage goodies.

Just Sweat the Small Stuff

If your garage doubles as a workshop, use National Clean Out Your Garage Day to take stock of what you currently have, organize and properly store small, loose items, and safely store sharp tools and other objects so they remain out of reach of children. Use pegboards, tool bins and wire baskets to keep parts organized.


We hope you will take the time this weekend to follow their tips and  get your garage organized!

To celebrate this year Crawford has teamed up with Ace Hardware and Quickie and created a Garage Organization Kit filled with essential tools for ensuring the highest level of garage organization.

We just received our kit and can't wait to put all of the products to good use in helping us get our garage organized!  They have also generously offered one of you a Garage Organization Kit filled with the same awesome products that we received to help you tackle your garage organization (Kit value $83.16)!!

Included in this kit is...

  • Crawford 16” Adjustable Storage Organizer: Designed for use anywhere in your home, garage, workshop, tool shed or basement, this system is great for hanging brooms, rakes and other lawn supplies.

    • Crawford Sliding spring Grip Organizer: Grips slide into position anywhere along the bar for maximum use. Guaranteed to never lose tension, the grips can hold hardware, garden tools, shovels and more. 

    • Quickie 2-in-1 Squeegee Pushbroom: This 2-in-1 pushbroom is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Effortlessly sweep away dirt and debris or use the built-in professional-grade squeegee to push away excess water. 
    • ACE Multi-surface Pushbroom: This durable pushbroom is perfect for sweeping heavy debris, including caked-on dirt, gravel and construction materials. 

    • Lysol Sponges: Super absorbent and safe on most surfaces, these sponges can help tackle any tough mess.   

    We can't wait to use all of our new products and get our garage looking great!

    Remember...National Clean Out Your Garage Day was Sept. 8, 2012 --Take advantage of the day and anytime after!! That's right it was yesterday, but why not start today! It's never too late to get organized, get your garage clean and to make it a more organized, safer space for you and your family.

    - WIN IT -

    One lucky reader will win this Garage Organization Kit filled with: Crawford 16" Adjustable Storage Organizer, Crawford Sliding Spring Grip Organizer, Quickie 2-in-1 Squeegee Pushbroom, Ace Multi-surface Pushbroom and Lysol Sponges (Kit valued at $83.16)!


    Disclaimer: The Lehigh Group provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a product sample to conduct this product review and reader give-a-way.  However, our opinions of the product are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!


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