The Best Shelving Options for Your Garage

My nice organized garage

For really organized people, the garage is just another room of the house. It’s welcoming, spotless, and if it’s heated – you can spend your life in there. But for many others, the garage is a headache and a half. And cleaning it is never the highest priority on the “to-do” list. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not having enough storage and shelving. People are often worried about getting shelving and storage, because if it doesn’t get used, it’s more clutter. But, it’s really the only way to go if you want to have a truly clean garage. Here’s a little info about the three main types of garage shelving:

Floor Shelving

This type of storage is a good choice if you don’t have the time or desire to set up wall shelving, which we’ll discuss in a bit. The disadvantage? If you don’t keep up with cleaning the garage, it’s simply more “stuff” on the floor. This type of shelving is pretty self explanatory – the more stuff you keep in your garage, the more shelving you need. If you have heavier stuff, you’ll want to buy a durable, metal or steel unit. Avoid shelving with wheels, as well as tall shelving. Most people don’t have their ladders set up in the garage, so they reach excessively, which is a recipe for disaster.

Wall Shelving

Wall shelving is nice for getting the showroom feel going in your garage. It just takes some time to install everything. Some of these units are adjustable, which is nice if you’re always getting new things that need to be stored. A lot of times you can build wall shelving yourself. It’s similar to building shelves in your home, but garages often have sheet-rock you have to worry about. Make sure you have a plan and build everything to be extremely sturdy. You don’t want to damage your cars, or worse, any people.

Ceiling Shelving

Ceiling shelving is the best option for maximizing your space. But as you could probably guess, it’s not easy to access anything. People often invest money in these units and never end up getting anything out of the storage containers; it would be better off to just throw away anything you know you won’t use. I find them really useful for hanging bicycles upside down. It’s best to have ceiling shelving professionally installed, as it is the most dangerous type of shelving when installed improperly.

If you want to make the most of your garage, it’s best to utilize all three types of shelving. Good luck!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Material Handling: The Basics & Advantages

Sealey Power Products Warehouse
Have you ever ordered a product and paid for shipping and handling? You might understand the shipping aspect, but what exactly is handling? The more professional term is “material handling” and it goes hand in hand with logistics. Logistics is the process of coordinating supplies, warehouses, and people to make something happen. You’re working to get products from their point of origin to the place they need to be. Well, material handling is the similar in a lot of ways; you’re working with materials from their early warehouse stages all the way through distribution and disposal. The material handling process could include cleaning, packaging, storing, etc. The logistics come after all of that. So, it’s very important for your company to have a quality material handling process.

Types of Operations

Material handling can be as simple as moving things on and off some shelves, or as complex as automated guided vehicles and production lines with robots. If you’ve ever worked in the stocking department of a grocery store, you worked in one of the most simple material handling jobs. You were bringing products from their storage stages and preparing them to look good for the customers. A more complex operation could be a brewery, where the beer is bottled, packaged, stored, and shipped with the help of machines. Of course, it’s always important to have people overlooking the process, but they’re doing less physical labor. We’ll get into more about that next.

Automated or Manual?

Businesses have to decide whether they want their material handling process to be automated or manual. Smaller businesses might be able to get away with a manual system, whereas large companies should be doing it automated. Workers in a manual system would be moving materials by hand and doing the physical labor. Some businesses that aren’t fully manual but not quite automatic will use things such as jib cranes to assist in the process. An automated system is the way any company would want to go, it’s just a matter of having enough money. It’s a very expensive process of having products go from their development centers all the way to the shipping truck without having any physical human handling. It’s also much safer, more efficient, and there’s a good chance the quality of product will be improved.

Why Is It So Important?

You might be thinking that the material handling aspect of your company can be put on the back burner. But this department isn’t something you want to cut costs on. Lets think about why it’s important. First off, you’re maximizing your storage space over time. By having a team of people that’s devoted to this, you don’t need to worry about losing valuable warehouse space. And then of course, there’s the movement of materials. Your team will have a good grip on getting things out the door on time. All of this will help with having good customer service. And finally, there’s much less of a chance that the goods will get damaged.

There is a lot to know about material handling, so it’s important to decide what is best for your company in order to ensure a quality product delivered on time.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

The Benefits of Portable Storage Solutions

Large metal storage unitThe words “moving” and “storage” often go hand-in-hand. If you’re in the market for storage, consider a portable storage solution. It’s the easiest way to store and move your stuff. And it’s super convenient too!

Portable storage solutions come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are easy to load and unload and require minimal moving equipment. Portable storage solutions can prove to be beneficial when selling your home, moving your home or office, home or business renovations, and much more. Here are the benefits of using portable storage solutions:

Portable Storage is Flexible

Portable storage is well, portable, which means the storage company will deliver a storage unit to you. This can be incredibly beneficial for saving both time and money. Another advantage of using a portable storage solution is that you can arrange for the company to move the unit to another location. Most storage companies can adapt to your particular needs. When you are ready to make the transition, just let your storage company know.

Easy and Convenient Access

You can access your contents easily. Because your storage unit is delivered to you, there is no need to travel lengthily distances to a storage unit in order to retrieve items. It’s also a convenient way to store your furniture during a renovation project.

Free Moving Truck

A portable storage solution will save you the hassle of renting a moving truck. The storage company will deliver and move the storage unit for you. Therefore, you will never have to rent a moving truck or trailer to get your belongings from one location to another.

Affordable Leasing Agreements

The fees for portable storage solutions are also quite affordable. Depending on how long you will need the unit for, most rental agreements can be negotiated for almost any length of time. Most storage companies work on a month-to-month basis. However, they will work with you and your particular financial needs.

Safe and Secure

Safely store your belongings right outside your house. Whether you’re planning a big move or home renovation project, a portable storage solution is a weatherproof and secure way to store your belongings. Most portable storage solutions come with a lock that can only be accessed by the leaser.

Great For Business Too

Need a place to store inventory? Portable storage solutions are perfect for your business storage needs too. Just like your home, storage units are delivered right to your business. This will provide ample access to your seasonal or surplus inventory. If you decide to renovate your office, a portable storage unit is a convenient way to store your office furniture too.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!