The Organized Garage
Wouldn’t you like to use your garage as a garage? Garages tend to become the “default” storage place. How often have you thought, “If it doesn’t fit elsewhere, I’ll just put it in the garage.” This works fine until you have no room left to store your car!
Sometimes, it’s easier to organize the garage once the rest of the house has been sifted through and sorted out. That way, when you get to the garage, you only have to figure out what you keep and where in the garage to put it. There are no other options! But organizing your garage doesn’t have to wait. You can do it anytime and sooner is better than later.
Decide what really belongs in the garage…first and foremost, your car. In fact, clear out the garage then pull your car into it and park.
Now you can see what available storage space you have. Everything must be able to fit in the space around your car. Once that rule is established, you can start:
Decide what items will stay in the garage, what items can be moved to a shed or storage building, and what will be discarded. Be careful about placing items in a storage shed or a storage building that is not climate controlled. The items you store there should be able to withstand the climate extremes of your area – hot or cold.
Tools and gardening equipment can be easily and quickly organized using slatwall or pegboard. Both wall mounted options provide adjustable storage by attaching special hooks, brackets, baskets, and even shelves (sold separately). Power tools, carpentry tools, extension cords, and even sports equipment can be stored using slatwall or pegboard.
Shelving units and plastic storage containers are invaluable storage aids in the garage. They keep your belongings off the floor and protected from dirt, dust and moisture. Clear storage containers make it easier for you to see what’s inside, but it is recommended you label everything anyway.
Create storage “zones” in your garage. You may want to have an area dedicated to seasonal storage, another for lawn & garden, one for paint, one for sports equipment, etc.
Sometimes the best place to find storage space, especially in a garage, is above your head. If you have high ceilings in your garage, install ceiling storage for plenty of long-term storage space.
Odd shaped or fragile sports equipment such as skis, bicycles, fishing poles and golf clubs can find safe out-of-the-way storage with special racks and holders.
When you’re finished, you should have a neat, clean, and organized garage – with your car parked inside it.