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Homeowner August McWhirter is a busy mom who needed to clear out the clutter and organize her garage, increase storage space, and create a drop zone for her kids to store their shoes and backpacks.

Easy Attic Storage Solution

Versa Lift installed in attic.
Versa Lift installed in attic.

While there’s plenty of floored storage space above the garage, there was no easy way to access it. To remedy this problem a Versa Lift electric storage lift was installed in the garage ceiling.

The Versa Lift comes in two sizes, the model 24 has a 20¾” by 44” platform and can lift up to 200 pounds with room for 15 cubic feet. The larger model 32 has a 28¾” by 56” platform and can lift up to 250 pounds with 35 cubic feet of space.

To make climbing up the drop down attic stairs easier, a Versa-Rail safety railing was installed around the attic stairs.

We also added attic shelves to take advantage of the unused rafter space on the side of the attic. Watch How to Build Storage Shelves in Your Attic to find out more.

Another option is to increase the storage space in your garage. Watch our video on How to Build Garage Storage Shelves to find out more.

To eliminate any eight-legged creatures lurking around the house, we applied Miss Muffet’s Revenge, from Wet & Forget, which kills spiders and keeps them away for up to 12 months.

Drop zone beadboard bench.
Drop zone beadboard bench.

Drop Zone Storage Space

We also converted an unused mud room off the garage in the house into the perfect drop zone for her two kids by adding a built-in bench that included:

    • A storage shelf on the wall.
    • A painted bench with a beadboard back.
    • Roll out storage drawers underneath the bench for shoes.
  • Hooks for coats and backpacks.

Watch How to Make a Drop Zone Storage Bench to find out more.

Other Tips from This Episode

Nickel coin on bottom of metal chair leg.

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Metal Folding Chair Leg Fix

Since folding chair legs are little more than a hollow metal tube, they quickly wear through the protective rubber tips on the bottom of the legs. To keep this from happening, put a nickel inside the rubber tip before sliding it on the chair leg. (Watch Video)

Toro SmartStow Lawn Mower stored against wall in garage.

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Toro SmartStow Lawn Mower

The Toro SmartStow is a self-propelled, 22” lawn mower with a folding handle and special engine that allows the mower to be stored vertically against a wall without the gas or oil leaking. The Toro SmartStow is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)

Applying epoxy coating to garage floor.

Ask Danny Lipford:
Garage Floor Options

There are several options available to improve the look of a garage floor. Applying concrete stain or epoxy coatings require some prep time and can peel if not applied properly. Interlocking rubber tile flooring is easy to install but more expensive. (Watch Video)

Editorial Contributors
Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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