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Garage Sports Storage 101

Garage Sports Storage 101

It can be a daunting task organizing all of your families sporting equipment, but as your follow these simple tips, you will be on your way to finally tackling good storage for sporting equipment in your home and garage.

Christmas Take Down and Storage

The holiday season has come and gone, and if you turn your home into a winter wonderland, it is important you know the secrets of decoration storage. Keep everything safe during the off season, and ready to go next Christmas. Here are 4 tips for a successful holiday take down.

1. Use Clear Storage Bins

Instead of taking the time to label everything, use clear storage bins. This makes it easy to identify your items quickly. We suggest using stackable ones for optimal use of space. Also, if you want to store your ornaments safely, you can either buy dividers, or create your own with cardboard.

2. Make or Buy a Storage Reel

 A storage reel is a must have for indoor and outdoor Christmas lights. It keeps them protected and organized. There will not be any broken or tangled lights this year, or next!

3. Wrap Your Christmas Tree

Protect your indoor Christmas tree by wrapping it up. No, not with wrapping paper, but with unused blankets, garbage bags, or drop cloths. Separate your tree and put each piece in the wrapping of your choice. This will keep your tree from collecting dust, drying out, or getting dirty.

4. Your Secret Weapon: The Platform Lifter

Why do we call this your secret weapon? Because now that you have your decorations organized, you have a place to store them. They will be out of the way on your garage ceiling. The Platform Lifter is motorized, so once you load your newly organized decorations, all you have to do is press a button. Your items will raise to the ceiling, and your décor will be protected.

We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas, and that these tips and tricks will help you this season and next.

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Motorized Ski Storage: A Guide For Getting To The Mountain Faster

The ski and snowboard season is upon us, and it is time to hit the slopes. There is just one small challenge; getting your gear down from storage and packing it in your car. We might not be able to help you pack your car, but we can help retrieve your items from storage.

Current storage options for ski and snowboard gear often requires a ladder, heavy overhead lifting, and multiple people. This is not ideal for getting to the mountains quickly. Fortunately, there is a better option; the Platform Lifter. Accessing your stored gear just became as simple as pressing a button. 



As soon as you are ready to head out, open the MyLifter App on your smartphone or tablet, press the down arrow, and lower your platform. You can lower it to the trunk of your car, to your cargo carrier, or even directly into the bed of your truck. The goal is to make it easier for you to load your stuff and head out.

The second battle is safely storing your gear when you get back. Where do your items usually end up? The front porch? The garage floor? Or, do they stay in the trunk of your car for the unforeseeable future? Fortunately, storing your gear is just as simple as getting it down. Once everything is hooked up, press the up arrow and raise it to the ceiling. This is a great opportunity to let your gear air out, and it will be protected and ready to use the next time you head out. All you have to do is press a button.




At the end of the season you can wax your skis, pull your shoe liners out, place everything on the platform, and raise it to the ceiling until next season. Spend less time on storage and more time on the mountain. Never let the hassle of getting your gear down from storage keep you from enjoying a day in the snow.


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