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When my husband decided to take up half the space of our garage to build a hobby train table, I lost all hope on having it clean and organized. You know, picture (and ‘blog’) perfect. And not only I lost hope on that, I also lost hope on having a space to call ‘mine’, where I could have all my tools and supplies to make my DIY projects.
Our bikes ended up blocking the access to the air compressor, and my foot got stuck in between them each time I wanted to reach for the beach chairs. Needless to say, everything that got moved to the opposite side of said table was just deliberately dumped. Even the guest room had to pay the price since many of my tools and supplies ended up in the closet.
But last weekend -finally!- we put an end to a cluttered garage floor and used up the vertical space (a.k.a walls) by hanging the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System. With 4th of July festivities right around the corner, we needed to have our summer and beach gear organized and easy to reach.
The installation was a breeze. As I always say, the hard part is to start, but once we installed the FastTrack rails, I gained momentum and spruced up the place. I will show you how I installed two of these amazing vertical storage systems and will give you some tips on garage organization.
How to Install Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Rails
First, we installed Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Rails. Made of heavy steel, this rails, can hold up to 1,750 lbs. when hung properly on the wall studs.
The Rubbermaid FastTrack rails come in two lengths, 48-inch, and 84-inch- Since we had a long and empty wall, we installed the 84-inch rail. Here is a list of what you will need to install it:
- 1 – 84 inch Rubbermaid FastTrack rail. At only $15.77 it’s a steal!
- 2 – Hardware packs (one pack only if installing a 48-inch rail)
- Measuring tape
- Locate the studs on the wall, measure and mark with a pencil. Drill each hole. Hanging the system on the wall studs, give the steel rail the capacity to hold up to 1,750 lbs of weight.
- Each hardware pack includes 4 toggle anchors. So, you will be installing 8 toggles for an 84-inch rail.
- Insert the toggle anchor in the wall stud by tapping with a hammer. You can also use the push pin included in the hardware pack.
- It will look like frame #4 in the picture above.
- Align the steel rail with the pre-drilled holes, and screw the rail to the wall using a driving bit. The rail provides 1-inch spacing between the holes for your easy installation
- Slide the black cover over the rail. You are done!.
Now for the fun part. I swear I was so giddy and desperate to get the attachments hung on the rail.
The wide arrangement of attachments, allows you to create a custom system. Just snap the attachment in place, and secure with the lever. The attachment will be fixed and won’t slide on the track.
Below, is a list of the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® attachments we used:
- 2- Vertical Bike Hook, used one for each bike.
- 1 – Dual Handle Hook, used for tennis rackets.
- 1 – Cooler Hook, used for bike helmet
- 1 – Utility Hook, used for 2 beach chairs
- 1 – Compact Hook, used for 2 lawn chairs
Here is a closer look at the hooks in action. I am thrilled with my organized garage!
How to Install the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Wall Panel
Another great and inexpensive garage organization system is the Rubbermaid FastTrack Wall Panel. We purchased a 48-inch slat panel to install above my workbench. Another steal for only $14.97
Along the same lines, the wall panel installation is as easy as installing the steel rails (if not easier). Again, you just have to measure, drill, and install using a wall hardware pack, sold separately.
These are the attachment that we used for this system:
- Tool tray, used for my drill bits and screwdrivers
- Tool cradle, used to hang cordless drill
- Wall pegs (4 pack), used to hang earmuffs and level
Take a look at my workbench and this awesome wall pack. I can’t wait to DIY in this space!
Looking at it right now, makes me want to go purchase another Wall Pack to hang right below it.
Here are some close-ups of the accessories
I love the tool tray,
Finally, a decent place where I can hang the level.
…and my cordless drill, so easy to find and reach. Can you see all the wear and tear?
Can I get a: ta-da!!! ?
Lastly, let’s look at the big picture!
Here are some quick tips to a successful garage organization.
- For starters: declutter, declutter, declutter. Discover the secret to home organization success to help you with the process.
- If you feel like your bikes are sticking out too far from the wall, try removing the front tire. Most bikes have what they call a ‘quick release’ to allow better storage and transportation. That’s what we did. Worked like a charm.
- Baskets are your best friend. Shop for inexpensive bins and baskets at your local dollar or discount store. You can contain, and move things around easily.
- Have seasonal, and often used items handy and easy to reach. I used two baskets to hold boogie boards and beach gear, as well as sports balls of all kinds.
- A rolling cart is excellent to hold items that sometimes need to be brought inside the house. I use one for my cleaning products, and for now, the middle and bottom shelf hold our shoes.
The Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System is available at The Home Depot. Look for them in the Storage aisle.
These organization systems are not only inexpensive but quick and easy to install. If you are thinking garage organization, you should give these a try!
Is your garage more of a storage unit than a place to park your car? What is that one item that drives you insane and needs a place to call home? Let me know in the comments below.