Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
If unearthing the kids’ trick-or-treat plastic pumpkins or that trusty Cinco de Mayo sombrero always triggers an avalanche of other celebratory supplies, your festive spirit may suffer. To the rescue: ceiling-mounted garage racks that keep bins of bulky, lightweight holiday items out of the way until you need them. Label the bins’ undersides for identification. (Or opt for see-through plastic versions.) Pay special attention to delicates (roll up Indian corn in bubble wrap; stuff Easter baskets with newspaper). Anything that doesn’t fit in your bins, like oversize yard decor (a.k.a. Frosty the Snowman), can be tucked into large duffel bags, which can also be slipped onto these high-hanging space-savers. Don’t forget to mount a step stool on a nearby hook so you can reach the rack without straining.
To buy: HyLoft ceiling storage unit, $55, homedepot.com. Rubbermaid Roughneck 18-gallon storage box, $13, rubbermaid.com.
Also good for: Footballs, tennis rackets, and basketballs (in bins); surfboards, body-boards, skis, and luggage (directly on racks).