Perfect Your Parking Zone for Spring Cleaning

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In a recent survey* conducted by The Lehigh Group, maker of Crawford®-branded garage and home workshop organization products, 1,000 U.S. adults chimed in about their organized - and not so organized - parking zones with nearly half (46 percent) revealing that their garages are not as organized as they would like.

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Tackling garage organization is as much about safety as it is about order

Are you among the 55 percent of Americans who have to park at least one car outside because of other stuff filling up your garage? How about the more than half who have not been able to find something due to clutter in their garages?

In a recent survey* conducted by The Lehigh Group, maker of Crawford®-branded garage and home workshop organization products, 1,000 U.S. adults chimed in about their organized - and not so organized - parking zones with nearly half (46 percent) revealing that their garages are not as organized as they would like.

"When people do their spring cleaning, they often forget about the garage even though it is one of the most frequented areas of the home," said Deborah Hanson, director of external affairs for The Lehigh Group. "It also is a space that poses a lot of potential hazards so keeping it organized can make a big difference in your safety and productivity throughout the year."

Following are additional findings from the survey that might inspire you to add garage organization to this year's spring cleaning routine:

  • 46 percent of Americans have rubbed up against a vehicle and gotten their clothes dirty due to a cluttered garage
  • 39 percent have tripped over something due to clutter
  • 27 percent have hit an object when opening a vehicle door
  • 22 percent have accidentally hit something in the garage with a moving car
  • 11 percent have accidentally run over something in their garage with their car

"Tackling garage organization is as much about safety as it is about order," emphasized Hanson. "With the prevalence of chemicals, gasoline and power tools - not to mention the array of boxes and loose items - typically found in a garage, it can be one of the most hazardous areas of the home if not organized properly."

Following are a few simple (and inexpensive) tips from the experts at The Lehigh Group for cutting through the clutter and perfecting your parking zone:

1. Eliminate Excess
As with any organization process, the key to clearing away clutter is prioritizing. The first step is to look through everything in your garage and decide what to keep and what to toss. Many garages become dumping grounds for items homeowners may not be ready to part with at the time. But, if it's still sitting there untouched after a few years, it might be time to say goodbye.

2. Clear a Path
According to the National Safety Council, falls are the number one cause of in-home deaths for people over 65 and the third most cause among the population at large. Reduce the possibility of you or your family members becoming another statistic by clearing a walkway from the home to vehicles in the garage. Also, allow enough space for vehicle doors to open and for the driver and passengers to walk around vehicles without rubbing up against them.

3. Hang It Up
Open up floor space by securing big and bulky items along a wall or even on the ceiling. Awkward tall and long items can easily be tamed with handy tools known as Grip Clips, available in varying sizes to accommodate various widths. Flip-up storage racks and specially designed hangers and rails are ideal for storing bikes, power tools and sporting equipment safely and out of the way. Lockable storage hooks are available to ensure that dangerous or valuable items are secured at all times.

4. Think Long Term
Finally, give yourself time. All that clutter doesn't accumulate overnight so don't expect it to disappear as quickly. Dedicate a weekend - or more time if needed - to do it right so you can enjoy the fruits of your organizational labors for years to come.

Most Crawford products retail for less than $20 and are easily found at hardware stores. For more information about Crawford products, visit http://www.crawfordorganization.com.

*The Lehigh Group Home Safety and Security Survey results are based on the responses of 1,000 adults in the United States who answered a telephone survey from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, 2009. Results are accurate to +/-3 percent points with a 95 percent confidence level and can be generalized to the entire U.S. adult population.

About The Lehigh Group
The Lehigh Group is a worldwide supplier of diverse but related consumer products to the home improvements market under the brand names Crawford, Lehigh, Storehorse, Ultra-Hold, M&K and Leslie-Locke. It is the largest maker of rope, cord and twine in the country, and also the leader in innovative storage and organization products for the home and garage. Product offerings also extend to automotive tie downs, peg hooks and pegboard accessories, and the broadest line of clothesline and clothesline accessories in the market.

The Lehigh Group is owned by Lehigh Consumer Products, LLC, a fully owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (Rye, NY) NYSE:JAH, a leading provider of niche consumer products used in and around the home. For more information, visit http://www.lehighgroup.com or http://www.jarden.com.

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