Here’s how to take charge of your garage clutter

National Clean Out Your Garage Day — yes, there is such a thing — is Sept. 12 and if your garage has become a dumping ground, it’s time to take charge. Below are some tips:

Keep necessities at the ready: From old rags and scissors to disinfecting wipes and gardening gloves, there’s no shortage of supplies that people need to tackle daily chores. Specify a section farther away from the parking spot to help prevent dropping anything on a parked car. Consider using caddies for regularly used supplies.

Go vertical: When zoning your garage space, don’t forget the walls and ceiling. Installing hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails or overhead storage systems to secure items. You will open up floor space.

Securely store heavy items: Seventy percent of Americans use the garage to store equipment such as saws and power tools, so it’s important to make sure they’re properly anchored. Consider using a system such as Crawford Locking Latch.

Culture Lab Detroit hosts dialogue on green space

Detroit is a city fighting to redefine its landscape. From urban farming to community gardens, the city continues to evolve and change its green space. Now, on Sept. 10, Culture Lab Detroit — an organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international design community — will host a “Greening the City: The Politics and Possibilities of Green Space” at the Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center at the College for Creative Studies. Panelists will include Will Allen, an urban farming pioneer; Patrick Blanc, botanist, ecological engineer and vertical gardener; and Alice Waters, a chef, restaurateur and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project. The dialogue, from 7-9 p.m., is free and open to the public. For information, go to

Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk Sept. 12

Four private gardens along with the beloved gardens at Cranbrook House & Gardens will open their gates for the Cranbrook & Friends Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12. All four private gardens are within about 10 miles of Cranbrook House, the oldest surviving manor home in Metro Detroit designed by Albert Kahn in 1908 for George Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the walk. There also will be a demonstrations from 10-11 a.m. on how to store cannas and dahlias. To reserve a ticket, call (248) 645-3149 or go to Tickets can be purchased the day of the walk at Cranbrook House, 380 Lone Pine in Bloomfield Hills.

Waverly Kids Collection is playful, hip

When it comes wallpaper, Waverly Kids Collection from York Wallcoverings is fun and sophisticated. There are robots, elephants and Brazilian butterflies. It’s fun, but sophisticated at the same time. I especially love the robot-themed Some Assembly Required, which costs $39.99 for a single roll. York Wallcoverings are available at Sherwin-Williams stores in Metro Detroit as well as Teknicolor Paints, 30693 Twelve Mile in Farmington Hills.

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