How to DIY and Build, De-Clutter Your Home with Organized Shelving for Garage, Basement, Closet for Less
Utility Shelving 13'-0" Wide x 8'-0" High x 1'-4" Depth
DIY Difficulty (1 easy, 10 difficult)  7
Time to completion: 8 hours
Material cost: $ 400-500
Pro Labor and misc. parts  $ 525-750
TOTAL*                              $ 925-1250
* Prices may vary in your area.
Hoarding and Clutter.
If you are unaware of hoarding it is a condition of some people who are unable to throw anything away. I'll leave the
psychological aspects of hoarding  to the professionals, but when it comes to storage and organization one thing I have
heard from my customers over the years is there is never enough closet space and storage space in their homes.

For many American households the organization of our stuff is a challenge. The easy solution is to reduce the amount of
stuff we have. But for most of us we have things, many things. As the saying goes, "a place for everything and everything
in its place." I like it.

The process of building shelves begins with creating an inventory of what needs to be stored. For garage storage the
inventory checklist is nothing more than pulling the car(s) out of the garage (assuming the cars fit in the garage), and
stepping back and looking at the big picture.

For most applications the storage needs can be met with a combination of 24" deep and 16" deep shelves. Sheet stock
is generally store bought and comes in sheets that are 4 feet x 8 feet. To minimize waste and get the biggest bang for the
buck the shelves can be cut in half (24"), thirds, (16") or in quarters, (12").

The materials used for shelving can be BC 3/4" plywood for a rough, utility grade of shelving. For a shelf more attractive
than utility plywood is melamine board (shown at right). Melamine is a nice product for many reasons. For one thing it
does not need painting. Secondly, the posts and shelf cleats are available in dimensional boards, these are 1 x 2, 1 x 3,
1 x 4 and so forth. Melamine is stable, drill-able and is a sturdy material for most applications.

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In this garage storage project the space for shelving is 13
feet wide x 8 feet high. The before picture shows the
disorganization of the garage and haphazard storage.
The need for more advanced storage solutions was in
order for this family with adults and three kids. We
conducted an inventory of the things to be stored and
concluded there was ample wall space to find a place for
everything. The storage solution was to arrange sections
of shelving in two sections-- 24 inch deep and 16" deep
shelves. Additionally we added J-hooks in the ceiling for
bike storage.

The material used is paint-free melamine board.
Melamine is a versatile product, pre-finished and a
medium strength suitable for most homeowner
applications. For more rugged storage plywood is a
better choice bearing in mind that raw plywood is not very
attractive and does not look any better with paint.
The inventory included bikes, paint cans, recycle
containers, shop vac, skis, boots and many of the things
that are typical for homeowners in the Midwest. The
change of seasons necessitates homeowners to have
'seasonal' tools such as lawn tools for spring and
summer, and rakes and snow shovels for fall and
winter. Then there are bikes, skis, racks, carts, gas
cans, snow blowers, lawn mowers, golf clubs,
wheelbarrows, ladders and a 1969 Mustang Mach I 428
Cobra, all original.   The area by the shop vac is the 24"
deep shelves. Everything else is 16" depth. The height
between shelves is 15-16".
The vertical supports are all 1 x 2 machine-nailed, adhered with PL-400 and backed with cleats.
and a 1 x 4 melamine boards.

On the right side at the door the shelf is supported from a ceiling joist. The reason for this shelf
people grabbing the support thereby increasing the risk of it to come loose over time. Up above it
is out of sight and out of mind.  
To have shelving installed in your home
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DIY and Save time and money and get home and life in order. The good news is that it doesn't matter how bad your own clutter is - you can conquer the clutter on your own terms, in your own time - fast or slow - or a little of both. How to get your home in order almost immediately.
How to de-clutter your home, life and garage and better organize with build-in  utility shelves
"Welcome to De-Clutter Home and Life with Shelving and Organization Ideas.
The other day I was hired to organize and de-clutter a garage with new shelving.
On the radio playing was my favorite radio show 'Diane Rehm' on NPR. Ironically
her show was about hoarding (see blow).  Look here for ideas on how to
de-clutter and get your home and life organized with utilitarian shelving ideas."
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Whether you are a DIY home
handyman or a professional closet
and shelving organizer you are
already aware of the advance
planning that goes into how to build
shelves and the tools needed to get
the job done. A key to success when
working with wood is in the
sharpness of the blade or drill
bit-dullness does not cut it.

For a pro hired to build and install
shelving in someone's home or office
is it embarrassing to have to stop in
the middle of the job when you realize
you are missing an important tool to
get the job done.

Before the internet tools had to
purchased locally or from a mail-order
catalog, such as Sears. Today,
that are good quality, come with a
lifetime warranty can be purchased
online. With gas nearing $4 a gallon
online shopping saves time and


Lat year a customer had requested an
estimate on building a fireplace
mantle, bookcases and storage for a
home theater. In some cases there
are parts and pieces available from
various suppliers but it is a matter of
mix and match. Instead the customer
brought in a set of plans from this
plan book,
Ted's Woodworking Guide.

This woodworking guide is a massive
compilation of complete plans and
material lists for shelving, storage
cabinets, bookcases  and other fine
furniture. If you can find it in the stores
or the library the cover is shown below.
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