Rubbermaid FastTrack Part 1: How To Use This Garage System
Is your two car garage really a no car garage with all the clutter you’ve got messing it up?
Don’t waste that empty wall. Get a Rubbermaid FastTrack garage system to help you organize. It combines endless flexibility with strength and style – you’ll wonder how you’ve managed without it for so long.
Photo credit: Rubbermaid Products.
Check out the rest of our Rubbermaid FastTrack series to learn everything you need to know about this simple system and take your garage back now.
What is the FastTrack system?
This garage organization system from Rubbermaid comprises a wall mounted rail and attachable storage accessories. The rail is available in 48″ and 84″ pieces.
The rail can be mounted quickly and easily and then the accessories, including hooks and shelving, are snapped on. They can just as easily be snapped off and relocated elsewhere on the rail if your storage needs change.
The hooks, racks, shelves, baskets and other accessories can store up to 2000 lbs of your tools and equipment, from bikes, to spades, to wheelbarrows.
You are no longer restricted to hanging things where you wall studs happen to be. You can now use the entire length of the wall and even double up with a two tier system.
How to use FastTrack to organize your garage
STEP 1 – Get started and clear out your clutter
As with any organizing project, the basics do not change even when you buy yourself an efficient system! So start by going through what on earth it is you’ve got in your garage and toss or donate anything that you no longer need or use.
Don’t put off starting this job. If your garage clutter is going to take a while to sort through, get started by just going through a drawer, a corner or a box today and move onto other small tasks as you get time.
STEP 2 – Sort your items and plan your purchases
Once you are down to the items that you want to keep, sort them into groups of like items, for example, small tools, power tools, garden tools, sports equipment. Then you are in a position to work out how much FastTrack rail you will need and what accessories will be most appropriate. Remember that most hooks can hold up to 50 lbs of weight, but it is worth checking their capacity before purchase.
STEP 3 – Think about the best way to organize your items
Consider how to organize your items into zones (such as garden, recreation or seasons) and mount your rails accordingly. You might find that having a recreation wall and a gardening wall works for you if you have room, or perhaps you could split one wall into summer and winter activities. If you only have room or the budget to store one season’s items at a time, you could keep the off-seasons’ items in storage until the time comes. So perhaps your bikes will come out in summer and your skis will be returned to storage.
STEP 4 – Mount the rail and get your things off the floor
Mount the rail and find the right hook for the right item. Snap it onto the rail and start putting things into place. When you are snapping your accessories onto the rail, try and keep those items that you will use most often in the easiest to reach position, with less used items being hung up high (unless they are heavy and would be dangerous to take down). You could use your higher rail for things that you want to keep out of the reach of your kids.
Installing a Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage System
It really is easy to install this system – take a look:
For a simple yet functional garage storage system, FastTrack rails and accessories from Rubbermaid storage are something no garage should be without.
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