With Spring around the corner, you may be feeling the urge to clean out parts of your home. Typically, spring cleaning is left for the hard-to-tackle areas. The back porch, closets and the garage all top the list for spaces we wish were tidier. Today, we’re going to tackle the garage.
But if the thought of cleaning out your garage makes you wish it was Fall again, here are some simple to implement life hacks that can make your garage a more liveable space.
Clutter-Busting Guide for Your Garage
You’ll be shocked to find out that only 30% of Americans park their car in the garage. Why might you ask? Because of clutter. An overwhelming number of homeowners have pushed themselves out of their own garages because they have too much ‘stuff’.
Do you have crates of miscellaneous ‘junk’ or unmarked boxes piled high against the walls? Worry not, this is a common problem, and we’re here to help. But before we dish all of our garage organization tips, let’s prep your garage for its transformation.
Step 1: Start Throwing Things Out! It may seem easy, but for some people, it is the hardest part of organizing the garage. A good rule of thumb is to start separating things into 3 piles. Keep – Donate – Sell. If you haven’t worn or used something in years, are you actually going to start now? You can have a yard sale for items that still have value, but no longer serve a purpose in your life. Outgrown toys are a great item to purge because they can be recycled and given to a family with young children or donated. Expired paints, chemicals, and other household products that have been sitting collecting dust, it’s time to give them the old heave-ho.
Step 2: Remove Items That Should Not Be Stored in the Garage. There are certain things that you should probably not store in the garage to begin with. So if you see them, either toss it or find another home for them. Things like paint and propane tanks could emit fumes, explode or catch fire depending on the temperature. It’s best to store propane tanks outside and paint you should be stored in part of the home that is more temperate. Paper products and dog food attract insects and rodents. Both should be stored in sealed containers inside the pantry, mudroom or hall closet space.
Step 3: Create a Floorplan & Layout. You don’t have to be a sketch artist or draftsman to draw a floorplan. Getting a rough idea of your new garage layout will help when it’s time to buy garage storage products, which is the next thing you’ll be doing. Helpful tip: You will find that most garage organizing systems and products will come with a free space planning template or an online system that you can use to draft a loose layout. Remember to notate the dimensions of your garage and the space your car would take up, so when it comes time to buy supplies you don’t run into a traffic jam. Keep convenience in mind when you’re designing the layout of your new, well-organized garage. Items that you frequently use like bikes should be stored close to the garage door for easy access.
Step 4: Buy Garage Storage Products. Using your garage layout plan, mark off what kind of storage units you need to purchase and where they will go in the garage. Measure all spaces. You’ll want to make room for things like open shelving, tall lockable cabinets, pegboards for hanging tools, and clear plastic bins that will be clearly labeled.
5 Garage Storage Products for Optimal Garage Organization
Now the real fun begins. You’ve got your garage cleared out and supplies ready to be mounted and installed. Let’s dive into the most popular garage storage ideas for keeping your garage organized year-round.
- Overhead Storage – Overhead storage is one of the easiest ways to create more floor space in your garage. There is oddly an abundance of space in the ceiling of your garage, so put it to good use. There are thousands of DIY instructions to create your own overhead shelving and storage space. This is ideal for seasonal items like ski equipment, camping gear, sports equipment, and the ever-present holiday decorations.
- Freestanding Shelves – Open shelving or freestanding shelves have become popular in garages as well as some modern kitchens. This makes items easy to see and access. One huge advantage of freestanding shelves in your garage is that they are adjustable and customizable. You can adjust them to suit any sized items you may have. Stay away from close cabinets. This just offers another door to hide things behind.
- Pegboards – Everyone knows the old garage pegboard trick. Pegboard is especially useful for the handyman, or woman, in your life. The versatility of pegboards is what makes them so popular. Great for hanging tools, fishing rods, and other handheld equipment. One neat trick is to draw an outline around your tools so that when you go to hang them back on the wall, you remember where they go.
- Cabinets – There is an exception to the open shelving situation. Cabinets do take up more space, but can be a great addition if you can spare the square footage. This is especially helpful for items that you want locked away from the younger people in your family. Things like pesticides, chainsaws, and tool replacement blades should all be safely stored away from curious kiddos.
Well, there you have it. Outfitted with this guide and a large dose of motivation, you should have an organized garage in no time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Assign simple tasks to people in the family and make it a group task, or invite friends over to offer a helping hand. And remember to utilize your garage storage space appropriately so things don’t get out of hand again. You can do it!
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