Top 10 Garage Organizing Tips

Nothing’s better then going in to fall knowing there’s a place for everything in your garage and everything is in its place. So take the time now while the weather is still nice and save yourself a bunch of time in the future. Don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Here are our top ten tips for getting the garage you’ve always wanted.

#1: From the ground up

Start by coating your garage floor to protect it from the elements and make it look a little better.

#2: Peg it to the walls

The name of the game in garage organization is getting everything up off the floor. Use pegboard and hooks to hang everything from tools to towels.

#3: Hang hooks everywhere

For heavier objects, attach hooks directly to the walls in order to secure them for safekeeping.

#4: Stick it to the ceiling

Garage ceilings offer so much storage space that often gets overlooked. Hang racks or a storage lift on the ceiling and make use of the extra space.

#5: See what you store

Stash items away in clear storage boxes so you can easily see where everything is next time you need it.

#6: Mason jar magic

Use mason jars to store everything small, from loose screws and nails to paint samples.

#7: Labels, labels, labels

Label everything! Use a label maker or a sharpie and duct tape to make sure you know exactly what every container holds.

#8: Put it on wheels

Make your garage mobile. Attach wheels to workbenches, storage chests, and anything else that must sit on the floor. 

#9: Invest in organization

If you want to go all out, think about investing in an organization system. Choose the exact drawers and cabinets to suit your needs.

#10: Childproof your garage

If you have kids, the final step in creating your dream garage is to childproof. With the potentially dangerous assortment of things we keep in our garages, taking this extra step is essential.

And there you have it! Ten simple steps to your dream garage. Happy organizing!

Yes You Can! A Beginner’s Guide to Canning

Looking for a creative gift idea or a way to store your homemade jams? Learning the art of canning is a fantastic way to do just that. While there are many canning methods, waterbathing is the easiest and most recommended method for those just starting out. Here’s our step-by-step guide to what is sure to be one of your new favorite hobbies.

Supplies Needed

Waterbath Canning Steps

Step 1

Place the canning rack in the pot, and fill the pot with enough water to cover the jars by an inch or more. Heat the water to simmering, then turn off the heat, cover the pot and set it aside.

Step 2

Wash your jars in hot water. Leave them in a water bath to keep them warm.​

Step 3

Prepare your recipe! Make your favorite jam or marmalade, or try something totally new.

Step 4

Dry your jars and fill them with your prepared food. Don’t forget to leave room for potential food expansion.

Step 5

Remove air bubbles from your food by using a non-metallic spatula to press the contents against the sides of the jar.

Step 6

Wipe off the rims of your jars and screw the lids on. Make sure they are snug but not too tight. If the lids are too tight, air will not be able to escape during the sealing process.

Step 7

Use the jar lifter to place jars onto the canning rack in the pot. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil.

Step 8

Boil the jars for the amount of time specified on your recipe.

Step 9

Once the time is up, turn off the heat and let your jars stand in the water for five minutes.

Step 10

Use the jar lifter to remove your jars from the water. Allow jars to cool on a wire rack for twelve hours.

Step 11

After your jars have had time to cool, check the lids to make sure they don’t pop up and down.

Step 12​

You’re all set! All that’s left to do is label your jars and store. Or give them to your loved ones as gifts.

Ready to gear up for your first go? We’ve got all of your canning needs covered at Orchard. Stop by your neighborhood store and give canning a try today!

Sit, Stay, Build a Feeder for National Dog Day

We know you love your dog each and every day, but with National Dog Day coming up, now’s the perfect opportunity to show your pooch some extra attention. So why not get crafty and create a personalized dog feeder for that special pup in your life? The raised height places less strain on your dog's neck and joints while it eats, and it has storage space for toys and treats.

Stop by your neighborhood Orchard for all the materials and then simply follow the instructions below.

Materials

Let's Get Started

  1. Cut plywood into two 12x12-in pieces and three 12x24-in pieces.
  2. ​Trace where you want the bowls to go onto a piece of 12x24-in plywood.
  3. Measure the inner diameters of the tops of the bowls. If it's 6-in or smaller, use a hole saw to cut a hole in the plywood (not so big that the bowl falls through). If it's larger than 6-in, trace the circle and cut it out with a handsaw.
  4. Use wood glue to attach the uncut pieces of plywood together to form the rectangular shape.
  5. Drill screws into the sides of the feeder.
  6. Let it dry.
  7. Stain or paint wood to preferred color.
  8. Decorate however you like. You can write your pet's name on the side of the feeder using a paint pen, paint brush, or spray paint.
  9. Attach the top using a piano hinge (or any hinge that you prefer).

Patches' feeder was painted by our associate Jessica Perez in Clovis, CA.

Time to Chow Down!

Got questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard today and one of our team members will be happy to help. Then get ready to see that tail wagging! We’d love to see how your pet feeder turns out – share your pic with #oshmoment and don’t forget to include your furry companion!

Get Out of That Summer Slump With SLIME!

Don’t let the slow days of summer get you down! Grab the kids and try our slime recipe. It’s a fun activity for the whole family.

Ingredients

  • Glass bowl
  • Borax
  • Glue
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)

Step 1

Grab the glue and squeeze about 4oz (or half a cup) into the glass bowl.

Step 2

Mix 4oz (or half a cup) of warm water with the glue. This will make a 1:1 mix of glue to water.

Step 3

At this point, if you want to make colored slime, add a few drops of food coloring! Be careful though – a little goes a long way!

Step 4

Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into 4oz (or half a cup) of water. Next, slowly add this solution to the glue mixture you’ve made.

Step 5

Continue to stir in the Borax solution until slime slowly starts to form. You may not need all of the Borax solution to make the slime.

Step 6

Using your hands, knead the slime. It might feel wet and gooey, or even stringy at first. Keep kneading your slime until it holds together.

Once you’ve made your slime, you can play with it all day! Store it in a plastic container to save for playtime later on, too. If you want to make different colors of slime, just repeat the process with new food coloring. Kids will love playing with something they got to make with their own two hands.

Natural Ways to Get Pests to Bug Off

Summer is in full swing and that means spending your days outside enjoying the weather. You’ve created the perfect gathering space. Your garden is in tip-top shape. You’ve mastered your favorite dishes on the grill. So don’t let pesky bugs ruin all your fun. Harsh chemicals and ugly traps can deter anyone from fixing their pest problem. We get it. And that’s why we’ve got great all-natural solutions to send those annoying critters marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.

Spray the Pests Away
Try an easy, natural spray for all your pest control problems – from snails and slugs to flower-eating insects. We recommend choosing one that is OMRI certified, which means it is certified organic and non-GMO. You can also try an organic insect-killing soap to get rid of unwanted insects naturally without killing the good ones. If you want to go a step further, tackle multiple problems at once with an organic, all-in-one insecticide, miticide, and fungicide to kill all stages of insects.

Get a Little Lucky
They say when a ladybug lands on you, it’s good luck. The same is true for your garden. Keep live ladybugs in your yard to protect your flowers and shrubs from aphids, bugs, and worms without any harsh chemicals. This way you don’t have to worry about your pets or kids being exposed to harmful synthetic substances, and you can enjoy having these bright little creatures right in your own backyard.

Rid Your Home of Rodents
Rodents are not only unwanted pests – they can carry dangerous diseases. Protect your family and pets from moles, gophers, rats, and mice the ultrasonic way. Ultrasonic rodent repellent devices work by emitting high frequency sound waves that cannot be heard by humans or animals of the non-rodent variety. You can place these sound wave generators inside or outside as a humane way to keep rodents at bay.

Manage Those Mosquitos (and Flies)
Nothing is more annoying than a mosquito buzzing in your ear or a fly landing on your food. Traditional mosquito and fly management methods can be harsh and unappealing to the eye, but we’ve got a few all-natural solutions that will also enhance your backyard décor. Try a trendy citronella candle and make a style statement while you repel mosquitoes. Or plant lavender around your yard – mosquitoes hate the smell, but to humans it can be relaxing and fragrant. Flies are obnoxious, but fly traps don’t have to be. Try placing a few decorative fly traps around to discreetly collect bothersome flies with a non-toxic formula.

Whatever your pest problem may be, choosing an all-natural solution is the safest option for your family and pets. Got a more specific problem? Don’t hesitate to stop by your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware and we’ll be happy to help you solve it. Wishing you the happiest, pest-free days this summer.