Have you been putting off the task of organizing your garage? Well you aren’t alone. Luckily, there are five easy steps you can take to make your garage accessible and well organized this year.
1. Lay it all Out
Go through everything you have in your garage. Separate everything: gardening and lawn tools and supplies, toys and sports gear, holiday decorations, household tools, automotive tools and supplies, paints and other combustibles, and of course a pile of things you want to trash, donate or sell.
It is a tedious task, but this will help you clean out the garage as well as make it easier to organize later.
Remember: keep a broom handy so that you can sweep out the years of dust and leaves.
2. Shelves and Cabinets: The Garages Best Friend!
Shelves and cabinets are great storage and organizing tools. They keep your items in plain sight and off the floor. There are many types of shelving, from freestanding to wall mounted, and ones with wheels to ones without, so choose the kind that fits your family best. Cabinets also range from short to tall, wheels or none, and come in all colors, so choose what will work best for your organizational needs. If you’re in need of a workbench, short cabinets can double as storage as well as a place for all your workbench needs. However, don’t go too big in size, because you’ll still want to park your car.
At this stage also, it can only help the process to schedule a free consultation with a garage organization professional.
3. Bins, Bins Everywhere!
Bins are great for easy storage. Whether they’re for nuts and bolts, or the kids’ little green army men, bins are a great organizing tool. Easily labeled and stacked, bins will keep everything tucked away and organized on, in, or under your shelves and cabinets. Coming in all shapes, sizes, colors, and with or without lids, bins will keep everything dry and organized.
4. Hooks of Every Size and Shape
Hooks are also great organization tools. Hooks keep all your tools and anything else that will be used regularly, separated, in plain sight, and easy to reach. What you want to hang on your garage wall will determine what hooks to get. All these hooks can be found at your local hardware store or integrated into your overall storage system by a professional.
For coats, hats and sports clothing, a decorative coat rack will do great. For the rakes, shovels, and other long handled items, hardware hooks such as L-Hooks or J-Hooks will keep your large tools uncluttered, and easy to reach.
For the smaller tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, etc.), try eye hooks. They work great for screwdrivers, keeping them separated and easy to find. For wrenches, saws and other small tools, smaller L-Hooks and J-Hooks will work, keeping everything visible and organized.
For Bikes: keep them off the floor and out of the way with bike hangers or bike hooks. Now you won’t have to worry about driving into them after a long day at work!
Remember to measure the space you have to work with, and use as much of the vertical space available to you as possible. This will ensure that you will have enough room to park the car, and give you space to move around.
5. The Full Garage Makeover
If you’re ready for a larger overhaul to really optimize the storage capacity and usable space in your garage, it might be time to call in the professionals. The consultation from a company like Contemporary Closets is free, and allows you to bounce ideas off of, and hear ideas you might not have thought of from a professional designer who works with garages, pantries, laundries and closets every day.