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14 Garage Organization Ideas Under $50

In Buying a Home, Home Upgrades, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Recycling in West Houston, Selling your home on March 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm

If you’ve got a garage, most likely you’ve got waaayyyy more than cars in there. It’s the catch-all place to keep stuff (mostly) out of sight and out of mind.

Put order to the chaos and protect your car’s paint job with simple storage systems and organizing hacks for everything from sports equipment to tools.

Bikes, Skates, and Other Wheels

#1 Hoist bicycles to the rafters with a rope-and-pulley system (starting around $40) that makes it easy to raise the bike and lock safely in place. When you’re ready to ride, release the lock and lower your bike to the garage floor. You’ll need an hour or two and basic tools to secure the pair of pulleys to ceiling joists and thread the ropes. (Similar hoists are available for kayaks or small boats; starting around $25.)

#2 Use a specially designed wall rack to hang helmets and skateboards together;starting around $20. Secure this one to wall joists in less than an hour.

#3 Keep scooters and bikes out of the way with tool hooks installed on a length of 1-by-6-inch lumber. You’ll pay $3 for each pair of vinyl-coated screw-in tool hooks and $1 per foot for lumber. You’ll need only an hour or two to secure the lumber to wall joists and screw the hooks into place along the board.

Sporting Goods

#4 Bring together balls and bats on a convenient wire rack equipped with hangers that hold gloves too; starting around $35.

#5 Stash two pairs of snow skis, poles, and boots in one handy steel ski rack; $45. Securing this rack to wall studs helps it hold the weight of the equipment. If you can’t position it on studs, use wall anchors for a secure installation. You can do the task with or without anchors in an hour or two.

#6 Stow your fishing rods by suspending two wire shelves from your garage ceilingabout 5 feet apart, then threading the rods through the openings. Use shelves left over from a project or purchase a 4-foot-by-16-inch vinyl-coated wire shelf for less than $9, and saw it in half crosswise (or clip with bolt cutters) to make two 2-foot shelves. Snip additional wires where you need wider slots to accept pole handles or reels.


#7 Hang wrenches and bungee cords using an ordinary vinyl-coated wire tie-and-belt rack, available at big box stores; $8.

#8 Hang metal tools on a magnetized rail, keeping items in view and easy to retrieve; starting around $30. Simply screw the rail to wall studs to safely hold the weight of the tools (it’s an idea you may be drawn to.)

#9 Cushion and protect tools by padding your toolbox drawers with a soft, non-slip liner. The open-weave design keeps moisture away and prevents tools from rolling around. Enough material to line eight average-size drawers is $15. Just cut the liner to length to fit and slip it into the drawer.

#10 Organize small items — such as pencils, box cutters, and tape measures — by stashing them in electrical junction boxes; about $2 each (free if you have spares). Purchase a variety of sizes and shapes and secure them to studs or pegboard.

Yard and Garden Gear

#11 Transform an old filing cabinet into storage bins for various yard tools. Remove the drawers, turn it on its backside, and use a couple afternoons to apply paint and pegboard sides. Less than $25.

#12 Mount heavy tools, long-handled implements, and ladders on long steel rails with extruded holes high on the garage wall and secured to studs. Add hooks and pegs on the rail to hang big tools. Two 48-inch rails sell for $22.

#13 Secure a wooden pallet to wall studs to create a pocket for holding long-handled garden tools. To find free wooden pallets, check with local businesses as well as online classifieds, such as Craigslist. Cost: Free.

#14 Use a can rack to keep bottles of fertilizers, repellants, and lubricants upright and easy to retrieve. Rack ($15) prevents cans and bottles from tumbling off shelves.

By: Jan Soults Walker

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit  or .


Three Ways to Become More Eco-Friendly at Home

In Environmentmentally Friendly Homes, Home Upgrades, Real Estate Investment, Recycling in West Houston on February 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Three Ways to Become More Eco-Friendly at Home 

Create an Environmentally Home

Create an Environmentally Home

(BPT) – Whether you’re motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly.

Here are three ways your family can create positive environmental change starting today:

Research shows that less than two percent of waste in the United States is recycled, yet almost half of all trash can be recycled. School lunches are one source of waste that most families don’t consider. These are packed each morning and tossed away each afternoon once lunchtime is over.

Protect water resources
Water is one of the most important resources people have, yet every year billions of gallons are needlessly wasted. You can conserve water in your home by teaching your children to take shorter showers or baths, turning off dripping faucets and avoiding letting the water run while they are brushing their teeth. You can also reduce water waste in your home by investing in water-saving appliances and by reducing or eliminating the practice of watering your lawn, relying on rain to do so instead.

Plant a tree
Trees are more than just a beautiful backdrop; they are also essential to the environment. Trees improve the quality of the air you breathe by capturing dust and pollution particles that can affect your health. As trees grow, they remove greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon, and release pure oxygen into the atmosphere And, trees properly planted around a home can help lower air conditioning and heating costs by up to 25 percent    or 

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E-Recycle Day in Houston’s Energy Corridor November 17th,2012

In Employers in West Houston, Houston Charity Events, Houston Energy Corridor, Local Business, Local Events, Local events, Oil and Gas companies in Houston, Recycling in West Houston, Uncategorized, West Houston on October 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm
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Bring your old unwanted  CPUs, monitors, keyboards, laptops, power cords, printers, televisions, fax machines, cell phones and batteries to be e-recycled Saturday November 17th, 2012 to the ConocoPhillops Parking Lot located at the northwest corner of N. Eldridge and N. Dairy Ashford.     Sponsered by BP – British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and The EnergyCorridor District 

You may also  bring personal documents, photographs, diskettes, micro-fiche, CD-ROMS, videotapes and cassette tapes – on site shredding will be provided by Shred Pro.   Cloths, shoes and toys recycling will be provided by American Textile Recycling Services.

Connie Vallone, First Market Realty 713 249 4177 or


Going Green in Parkway Villages Houston’s Energy Corridor

In Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Local Events, Parkway Villages, Recycling in West Houston, Uncategorized on July 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Parkway Villages in West Houston’s Energy Corridor district is going green!   Parkway Villages  is now participating in recycling!   Every household now has at least one recycle bin and can request a second bin at the end of August if needed. 

One of West Houston’s hottest neighborhoods The Energy Corridor is home to West Houston’s

Recycle Parkway Villages Houston

Recycle Parkway Villages Houston

energy business and affluent citizens.

Connie Vallone – First Market Realty 713 249 4177 or