Tidying Your Garage Before Fall

Tidying Your Garage Before Fall - Greenwood HardwareIt is the perfect time of year to take care of cleaning and organizing the garage. It won’t be long before you are bringing in the outdoor furniture and toys to prepare for winter (that’s okay, you don’t have to think about that right now). Right now is the time to get your garage ready to house those outdoor toys, garden supplies and maybe even save enough space for your car! Our team at Greenwood Hardware has some great ideas to help you get the dreaded task of garage organization done in a jiffy.

Peg Boards

Peg boards in the garage are very common, but you can make sure everyone in your house is on the same page by using some stencils or freehand painting the outline of the various tools that are to be stored on the boards. This is a fun way to add color to the garage and can go a long way to keeping it organized. You will never have to wonder where the hammer is again.

Sliding Walls

This is a project that will take a little more time, but it is a fantastic way to conceal your valuable tools and gear while leaving your garage appearing much cleaner and organized. You can use those all pallets you have been collecting. Use a saw to cut the planks from the pallets. Create a frame with 2x4s at the desired height of your sliding wall. Nail the planks horizontally to create a wall. Purchase rail hanger hardware to hang the walls from the ceiling in your garage. You can also use sheets of plywood for a quicker project. Paint the wood or leave as is.

Large Hooks

Those bike hooks aren’t just for bikes. Use two or three lined up on a wall to store that patio umbrella, shovels and other long items that would normally get propped up in a corner somewhere. This keeps them off the ground, but still easily reached when you need them.

Keep it Together

One of the most important rules of organizing is to keep like items together. Keep all your holiday decorations, tools or outdoor toys in one area. This will save you time when you are looking for a particular item. Use large totes and plenty of shelving with labels to make it even better.

Cleaning and organizing your garage is certainly a task that will require a little hard work, and you will have to commit to lightening the load, but once you do, you will be amazed at how good it feels. You won’t be embarrassed to open the garage door when the neighbors are out and about. Head into Greenwood Hardware and pick up everything you need to make your garage neat and tidy again. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Preparing for Fall Cleanup in the Pacific Northwest

Preparing for Fall Cleanup in the Pacific Northwest - Greenwood HardwareAs we head into autumn, it is time to start thinking about the chores that will be occupying our weekends over the next month or so. There are some things you will want to do to give your yard a healthy boost before it goes dormant. This ensures next spring your lawn, trees and bushes are in good health and ready to bounce back to all their glory. There are a few things you will want to pick up at Greenwood Hardware to get ready for your fall cleanups.

  1. You will want a leaf rake or a leaf blower. You can find electric or gas-powered leaf blowers that make cleaning up the leaves a breeze. If you have a garden, use those leaves as mulch. Spread the leaves over your tilled garden beds and spread under fruit trees and bushes. The leaves will break down and feed the soil, giving your soil a healthy boost for spring planting.
  2. Heavy-duty leaf bags or outdoor garbage bags are a must. This allows you to dispose of the trimming, clippings and general yard trash that tends to accumulate over the summer. Follow proper disposal protocols.
  3. Plant bulbs in those bare flower beds to ensure you have a lovely display of color in the spring. Crocus, tulips, and daffodils all need to get in the ground now to ensure they are ready for spring blooming. This is also a great time to divide bulbs like irises.
  4. As your lawn prepares to go dormant, spreading a weed and feed-type fertilizer is a good idea. This will help take care of some of those broadleaf weeds that have been a pest all summer while giving your grass a last dose of nutrition.
  5. Cut those limbs that could come down under a heavy snowfall or ice storm. If the limbs you need to trim are bigger than six inches around, you will want to use a chainsaw. Pruning your trees now, before they snap in the winter cold, will save on spring cleanup as well.

Fall cleanup is a great way to enjoy the cool, comfortable air before the rains and bitter cold blow in. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the tools, bulbs, and fertilizer you need to give your lawn and landscaping a proper send off. Stop on in, or contact us today!

Fun Outdoor Lighting Projects for your Seattle Home

Fun Outdoor Lighting Projects for your Seattle Home - Greenwood HardwareOutdoor lighting is a must, but the standard solar lights in the ground can be a little mundane. If you want to add a unique flair to your front pathway or your deck area, here are some fun ideas. Our team at Greenwood Hardware can help you find exactly what you need to dress up your outdoor area with lights that will carry on through the end of summer and into the brisk fall season.

Screen Lights

These are super easy light projects that are unique and look great in the day or at night. You will want some quart size Mason jars, screening material from your hardware store, scissors and small LED battery-powered candles. A bit of glue would also be helpful. Some pretty ribbon or string will be needed as well.

Cut your screen into squares that are large enough to wrap around your jars with extra length sticking up on top. Glue your candles into the inside center of the jar. Wrap the screen around your jar, making sure the bottom is flat, so the jar can stand alone. Tie the string or ribbon around the head of the jar to secure it.

Coffee Can Lights

Don’t throw away those old coffee cans! Ask your neighbors and friends if you can have their old Maxwell cans and transform them into pretty garden lights. You can also use soup cans. You will need the cans, a variety of spray paint colors, a hammer and nail and some LED candle lights. Wire can be used to hang the lights if desired.

Remove any paper labels from your cans and wash inside and out. Use the hammer and nail to drive holes into the can. You can use cookie cutters to make pretty shapes or free hand it and make your own design. Spray the can with your chosen color of paint. Place the candle inside the can, and you have a pretty garden light.

Log Lights

Grab some of those solar lights you stick in the ground and a couple of logs from the stack of firewood. You can add some pretty ribbon, old rope or any other accessories to decorate your logs to give them added character. A good, strong glue is needed to adhere the base of the lamp to the log.

Attach the top portion of the solar light to the top of your log. Decorate the log and stand it on your deck or front way. Several logs in varying heights placed together is a beautiful arrangement that will serve as decoration and lighting.

Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the paint and other supplies you need to add your own creative touch to your outdoor lighting. Stop on in, or contact us today!

How To Maximize Space in a Tiny Bedroom

How To Maximize Space in a Tiny Bedroom - Greenwood HardwareAre you dealing with a bedroom that is too small for all the stuff you have? If so, you may be desperate to find a way to keep the things you love, in the space you love, without the room looking like a complete, cluttered mess. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to clean up, hide the clutter and get more organized, even if you have a small space with which to work. It is all about maximizing every inch!

  1. Under-the-bed totes are perfect for storing clothes that are out of season. This can help free up space in the closet and your dresser. You can also store accessories that go with those winter/summer outfits to free up more space.
  2. Purchase bedroom furniture that doubles as storage areas. Headboards with shelves on either side are great for storing all those little things. Nightstands with shelving or drawers are functional and attractive.
  3. Corner shelves that attach directly to the wall are easy to install and don’t take up any precious space in the room. You can put the shelves over a chair, dresser or even your bed if necessary.
  4. Build a bench under a window. It can double as a seating area with storage underneath. Paint the doors of the storage area a pretty color to match the room and add a few throw pillows for another pop of color.
  5. Floating shelves are fun and attractive while keeping your stuff neat and tidy. Add a couple of wicker baskets to place on the shelves, and you have a place to store those small little things, like your phone charger, books or whatever else you have in your room.
  6. Consider installing pretty wall lights to free up space on your nightstand and dresser. There are plenty of touch lights that are easy to mount yourself.
  7. Transform the space under your bed into a storage area by using wicker or pretty plastic box. The boxes should be a height that allows them to slide under your bed easily. You can use a glue gun to add pretty flowers, emblems or decals to the side that faces out to make it part of the room décor.

Get creative and look at your space with a fresh set of eyes. Once you get an idea, head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the shelving supplies, paint and other materials you need to build yourself a little extra storage in your tiny room. Stop on in, or contact us today!