Garage Getter Done!


Garage got you down?

I have spent a lot of time in Europe. I feel pretty blessed to have done so.

The people that I have spent time with that have travel to the US have told me that they’re fascinated by Americans. Apparently we are one of the only cultures on earth that builds garage is but only keeps stuff in them and not any cars.

I have often laugh that when they ask if I actually park my car is in my own garage.

I guess back then I decided that I probably should try to park my car is in the garage since it is their home.

Without knowing it I secretively committed myself to making sure that I don’t just accumulate junk and keep it in the garage while my expensive car is rust on the outside of my house.

So, today I am committed to rearranging my garage so that I can actually get all of the cars inside.

With that comes quite a bit of planning.

Most of what makes a garage look chaotic is the fact that we store so many things on the floor.

From my old OR days that is working in the operating room, I remember our concepts presented by a very successful company.

Their concept centered around the idea of getting up everything up off the floor.

They said if you can get everything up off the floor then you can turn the room much faster. What they did was they established these very large boom arms and put all of the equipment on them. That enabled the staff to move the boom arms to any position so that they could clean/mop underneath.

It was a great concept rather than moving everything around the room that was on wheels.

With their concept you could actually move things while you were mopping.

Okay, so back to the garage. My goal is to be able to get everything up off the floor.

This involves installing hooks and putting together storage shelves.

I also plan to have lots of bins that are marked for categorical things.

The categories are as follows:
(The tools have to have subcategories like inside tools gardening tools and contracting tools.). I may not use all of the tools every day. For instance my big saws need to be in one place that maybe aren’t quite as accessible as a simple hammer or screwdriver. So I intend on making some areas more accessible. One way to do this is to stack the equipment that is used less often either on the lowest shelf or the highest shelf depending on weight. The things that I need more easily and readily must be on eye-level shelves.

Recreational equipment should all be together. For example sports equipment basketballs footballs frisbees and the like I should be altogether. Likewise camping equipment should all be categorically put together as well.

Then there is automotive items. These will have to all be together as well. They also must be readily accessible since washing the cars is a weekly task.

For the kids I must segregate an area for them to be able to access their bicycles and scooters.

If I decide to hang them I must hang low enough that they can take them off the wall.

I am considering hanging device that I use when I travel with the kids. It’s a rooftop carrier. While it makes traveling really easy it is very big and bulky.

I believe that if I find some studs, I will be able to hang this pretty easily. I don’t like the idea of something large hanging from the ceiling that might fall down onto the vehicles. But, I will figure out a way to get it up off the floor.

I just returned from Home Depot where I bought some shelving systems. For roughly $39 I was able to get heavy duty plastic shelves that look like they will be able to be assembled very easily.

The next step is to move the car is out and everything out of the garage so that I can begin putting them back in categorically.

I also want to take that time to clean the floors.

Wish me luck I’ll let you know how it goes.

So a couple of things that I ran into that were a little bit hard to plan around where the following. First, I have an old washing machine. Well, it’s not old, but it is in my garage and I have been keeping it as a backup just in case mine fails.

I definitely realize that I can’t get that up off the ground. So the next best option was to try to hang things above it. I also try to put it in the corner where it really wouldn’t matter that it’s there.

But at the end of the day it’s pretty hard to hide a washing machine.

Also I have a lot of cords so winding them up took a little while. Now they are safely hanging though and easily accessible. The other issue I ran into was the lawnmower.

I currently have lawn service so I really don’t use the lawnmower. However, I don’t really want to sell the lawnmower because I’m not sure if I might end up using it in the future.

It’s simply too nice of a lawnmower to give up.

It is a push lawnmower so I figured I can hang it on the wall. I needed to make sure that the hooks were industrial strength and could handle the weight.

I realize that hardware stores do this sort of thing all the time. So I found some industrial hooks that work. The key to that is making sure that you have a drill bit that can drill into concrete and will create a hole to put your anchors in.

Overall the garage job was a success. It worked out great and I have to say that the Takeaway feeling of everything being in its place is just fantastic.

I can get all of my cars in the garage now and I know where everything is.

Honestly I had not organize the garage since we moved in. So, I found a few things that I had been looking for for quite a while.

I am so glad that I spent the Sunday reorganizing and cleaning my garage.

Now it is Time for my favorite beverage wink wink.

Tile Tattles

WTT? What the Tile?

Being a big DIY fan, I figured I would throw in a couple of notes that I’ve learned over the years about laying tile.

Once I began a project with a Family member. I began laying the tile one of the time, and he said to me are you sure you want to do it that way?

I told him yes and I told him why. You see I was starting from the center of the room. I had snapped a couple of chalk lines to make sure that it was all at a 90° angle and I work from the center outward to the edges of the room.

The reason you do it that way so that you can ensure that it doesn’t end up cockeyed.

If you go in all directions you can make sure that your lines remain 90° and that if a wall is not at 90° it won’t matter. When drywaller’s put walls up, sometimes they have to nail the studs that are uneven. If you let the wall be your guide, you can often end up with a very crooked room of tile.

So, always start in the middle. At least that’s my rule of thumb. Also, make sure that you make sure thin set well and properly so that you don’t have the powdered donut a fact while you’re trying to adhere the tiles to the floor.

Also when you’re putting in the grout, make sure that you have a bucket of water and a couple of clean sponges.

The first project I ever did ended up being a complete disaster because I managed to get grout on all of the tiles. If you wait long enough, it’ll dry into the grooves of the tiles especially if it’s porous. That is exactly what happened to me. So, I went to the store like anyone else would and asked how I get rid of the grout stuck on the tiles. They told me to use muriatic acid.

Oh yeah and a whole a lot of elbow grease. Bottom line, it was a nightmare. I never did get all of the grout off of all of those tiles. But one thing is for sure I learned a lot even through the frustration and exhaustion.

Sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important or more important as knowing what to do.

Back to the story on how I did the tile. So, my family member told me they would’ve been a completely different in would’ve really wrecked it had they done it alone.

I have found that there is really no substitute to experience. You should always keep an open mind, learn what you can from other individuals, and apply as much as you have learned from these types of projects to every other projects you ever entertain.

So, now it really doesn’t matter what I am doing, I am always trying to learn what not to do right up front. I asked lots of questions and let people back it up with fax. I seek out individuals with the experience and expertise that I’m needing, and I ask them.

So, from running a business all the way to laying tile, the rules still apply.

Now, when I’m looking to hire a contractor, I asked them what they would do in a particular situation. This way I can understand how the mind works and whether or not they know what they’re talking about.

I had a friend of mine tell me the other day, I’m all for letting new people learn on the job. However, I’m not for them learning at my expense.

Remember you don’t know what you don’t know. So learn, listen, investigate, and figure it out before you start the job. If you happen to start the job without knowing all of those things in advance well, good luck to you. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot.

Persuading People

Art of Persuasion

Getting people to do what you want or believe in what you want them to believe is a talent. It is called the art of persuasion. When you can sway people to your thinking by speaking to them or writing a letter you have mastered the art of persuasion.  I can’t stress to you how important mastering this skill is if you want to be successful in running your own business. No, it doesn’t matter what industry you are in. The rules still apply.

Just about anyone can learn the art of persuasion once you understand the basic rules.

Persuasion is not manipulation. When you manipulate someone typically there is some force that is used, either emotional leverage or fear of losing something or some other type of punishment factor is being used. With persuasion information is shared that benefits all parties.

Timing is Everything

The golden rule of persuasion is “timing is everything”. The person that you are trying to persuade has to be interested in your topic. Persuasion only works when the person you are trying to persuade has a stake in your topic. If you are trying to pass a law about babies and a particular toy if your audience is a group of unmarried twentysomethings that do not have children, they will not be interested and not react to your persuasion tactics but if you take the same group 5 years later when they are married and have children they will react differently.

Timing is everything.

Use the Law of Reciprocity

We as humans are hard wired to feel the need to respond in kind when someone does something for us.   By offering small gestures of kindness you can ask for large favors in return.

Keep It Positive

Start out on a positive note. In a one on one situation complimenting someone sincerely can go a long way in making them more receptive to your ideas. Starting off your conversation with a compliment can go a long way in getting what you want.

Communicate Clearly

If you want something you have to learn how to ask for it. Clear concise communication is key in winning the persuasion battle. A lot of people hedge around the question or they fluff it up which can confuse people. Just ask straight out for what you want/need.

Confidence and Anger

Anger is usually not recommended but it can work. If you display confidence tinged with a bit of anger you can usually get people to back down because they do not like to be involved in conflicts with someone that seems to know their stuff.