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Ladder Lift helps ease the squeeze by making it relatively painless to store even heavy ladders overhead. It uses a rope-and-pulley system and a fixed hook that mounts on the ceiling. You lift one end of the ladder onto the fixed hook, attach the strap to the other end, and pull on the rope. The lift can handle up to 150 pounds and costs $50.

Racor, 800/783-7725, racorstoragesolutions.com.