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Organize Your Basement (or Garage) Storage

When you

What’s in your basement? Your garage? Are you using this bonus space in your home to make things easier or more difficult?  Are there enough shelves so everyone in the family knows where to store things and find them when needed?

It’s so quick and easy to pile the clutter you’ve accumulated in the basement or garage when you’re cleaning up for company.  You close the door and, like magic, the clutter disappears.

Unfortunately magic tricks don’t work in real life.  How often do you go back and sort out all that stuff that conveniently disappeared?  The piles get bigger and... 

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Home Offices on a Budget

home office furniture is perfect for creating a home office, with flexibility when you move

Almost everyone needs a home office these days. The more important question is who’s going to use the home office and how are they going to use it? There’s a big difference between needing a home office to collect and pay family bills, and file paperwork you need to keep longer. Maybe you’re a teacher and spend some evenings doing lesson plans and grading papers? Some corporate employees work at home most of the week and there are a growing number of entrepreneurs running businesses from a home office. What do you need your home office for? Do you feel that... 

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Organizing Your Mudroom

mudrooms are where we enter a house

Most people don’t use their front doors on a daily basis. They use a side door or leave through the garage and on the way out, many pass through a room known as the mudroom. The original reason for mudrooms was to remove boots or shoes, so you didn’t track dirt and … mud, into the house.

Today we’ve expanded the role of a mudroom to store all sorts of things we don’t need while we’re in the house, but will want the next time we leave for school, work or a sports even like hockey.

This article helps you identify all... 

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Storage Shelves & Hooks

Custom closets give you 2 to 3 times the storage

Every home can use more storage but where do you find the room to add storage. so let’s start at the front door and walk through the house to find places where you can easily add storage on a budget.

Let us help you find the right storage solution for your home!


Not every home has a coat closet by the front door, nor does every home need one. The entryway to the right is in Florida where they seldom wear coats. This simple table (also called a console) offers a number of things:

Table top to put down packages when... 

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Mudrooms Mean Business

Decorating is a personal choice and here are 2 mudrooms, one with custom built-ins and the other store bought products

Mudrooms provide the perfect place to store things you wear or take with you when leaving the house. By creating a mudroom, you can avoid morning stress that comes when you can find the car keys, or the bills you paid and need to go into the mailbox or the homework you signed last night that didn’t get into your child’s backpack.

There aren’t a lot of choices about where the mudroom goes as the first feature of a mudroom is the door your family uses most often to enter and leave the house. You’re lucky if that door is... 

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Getting Organized in the Kitchen

Here's a simple, yet furniture quality file box to sort and manage all the paperwork that flows through your kitchen.

We spend more time in the kitchen around the holidays. Whether we’re baking cookies or preparing a Thanksgiving feast for our family, there’s a lot that happens in the kitchen this time of year. With that in mind … and knowing my significant other will ask for some help getting organized, here are some fun products that can help you stay organized all year round.

Open Shelving

Shelving is a great solution for the items you use all the time. Shown here is a collection of Pottery Barn’s spices, tea bags and cups. They have a wide assortment of stainless... 

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Bathroom Storage: Where To Find It


Bathrooms are the smallest rooms in a house but we expect a lot from them. We also try to stuff a lot of things into our bathrooms with the hope that we’ll always have what we need, and thus save time. The problem with too much stuff? You might not be able to find what you want, when you want (need) it. Here are ideas to help you find and/or create more storage in your bathroom.

Look Behind the Doors

One of the most cost effective ways to add storage to a bathroom – putting hooks on the back of your doors.... 

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Product Review: Rollout Shelves

Selecting the right materials for the job is one reason why you want to call a professional handyman.  Probably the best example is which caulk do I use? Customers often call after their personal attempt to replace caulking fails (and I will write a post about buying caulk, I promise).

Recently Mark Barone, owner of Shelf Improvement, called to tell me he was introducing a new line of rollout shelves. He wanted my opinion on ease of installation, as well as feedback on the benefits from using the product. We came up with a plan which included blogging about our experience,... 

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Carpentry: Steps to Build a Custom Window Seat

Seat Base for Support

When you need more storage, a little creativity goes a long way. This condo kitchen lacked adequate storage for oversized pots and pans.  Mr Handyman suggested adding a window seat with storage, to the bay window. It proved to be the perfect solution, providing far more storage capacity than standard cabinets.

Seat Base for Support

Cabinet Walls

Measuring for Seat Top

Window Seat Door

... Painted White

Finished w/Heat Below


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Great Basement (or Garage) Storage

Basement Back Wall

When building storage in a basement, you have to consider the odds of water penetrating the basement. The condo where we were building basement shelving is dry so it offers great storage options. Our customer requested shelving along 2 walls, and wanted them deep (2 ft) which meant built-ins versus shelving you buy and assemble.

Mr Handyman technicians average 15 years of experience in a variety of construction trades. They provide customers with advice and alternative solutions for each project they complete. Our technician maximized the shelving on the condo’s back wall while leaving access to maintain the hot water heater.


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