Does Your Garage Look Like a Dump Zone? Try One of These 20 Garage Organization Tips!
A well-organized garage can be a lifesaver. It can help you find what you need when you need it and prevent costly repairs due to cluttered workspace. If your garage is currently a disaster zone, never fear! We’ve compiled a list of 20 easy tips to get your garage back in shape.
Start By Purging The Clutter
Take everything out of the garage and sort it into three piles: items to keep, items to donate, and items to throw away. This will give you a blank slate to work with and help you determine what storage solutions you need.
Invest In Some Storage Bins
Storage bins are perfect for holding everything from holiday decorations to sports equipment. Be sure to label each bin so you know what’s inside.
Create A System for Your Tools
There’s nothing worse than hunting for a screwdriver when you’re trying to finish a project. Use pegboards or wire racks to keep your tools organized and within reach. Or you can add a toolbox one for each automotive tools and household tools like hammers, screwdrivers, staple guns etc.
Hang Things Up!
Keep your garden hose off the ground by hanging it from hooks on the wall. You can also use similar hooks to store bikes, tires, or other heavy objects that might otherwise take up valuable floor space.
Utilize Every Inch Of Space
If you have high ceilings, install shelves or loft storage to take advantage of the extra space. This is also a great place to store seldom-used items like holiday decorations or camping gear.
Keep Often-Used Items Within Reach
Store frequently used items like gardening gloves, strollers, and sports equipment near the door so they’re easy to grab when you need them. Each season can be switched out seasonally with what is most needed near the door.
Keep Your Car In Tip-Top Shape
By investing in a good car cover or storage solution. This will protect your car from scratches, dents, and the elements—and free up valuable floor space in your garage.
Don’t Forget About The Walls!
Slatwall shelves are a great solution for garage walls because you can have different size shelves that slide into the slats and are movable. If suddenly you need the shelves higher or longer, just change them out as needed.
Get Crafty With Mason Jars
Mason jars are great for storing nuts, bolts, screws, nails—pretty much anything small that tends to get lost in the depths of a cluttered toolbox.
Make Use Of Magnetic Strips
Magnetic strips are great for holding knives, scissors, and other metal objects. You can even use them to organize small parts for projects.
Hooks, Hooks, Hooks!
In addition to being great for hanging things like hoses and bikes, they can also be used to organize belts, scarves, umbrellas, shovels and more.
DIY Your Own Shelving
If you’re handy with power tools, build your own custom shelving unit using wood boards and brackets. This is a great way to add custom shelves and extra storage without taking up too much space or breaking the bank.
Keep Hazardous Materials Safely Stored Away
Store all paints, cleaners, and other chemicals on high shelves or in cabinets with childproof locks. Or get a metal storage shelving unit with a looking door system.
Install Some Extra Lighting
Good lighting is key for any workspace—it’ll help you avoid tripping over things or missing something important when you’re looking for it. Also, the brighter the room the more you’ll want to keep it clean.
Organize by Season
Seasonal items like holiday décor or camping gear only need to be accessible for part of the year, so consider storing them in bins or on shelves in the back of the garage where they’ll be out of the way until you need them again.
Corral Small Objects with Lids
Small lids from things like coffee cans make great catch-all’s for things like coins, paper clips, buttons, etc. that tend to get lost in the cracks of a cluttered workbench.
Install Pegboards on All Sides of Your Workbench
Pegboards provide an easy way to hang often-used tools within reach while still keeping them organized and out of the way. Pegboards are great for storing small objects like paintbrushes, screwdrivers, glue guns, crafting supplies and other hand tools. You can also use them to organize cleaning supplies or small parts for projects.
Take Advantage of Vertical Space
From floor to ceiling and from front of the garage to the back or entry door to the house, store items closer to each location where they get used the most. For instance, a garden hose, leaf rakes, shovels, salt melt, and car washing supplies should be stored closer to the garage door. And mops, buckets, vacuums, and recyclable bins should be closer to the entry door to the house.
Color Code Storage
Color coding will help you find what you need quickly — consider using different colors for different types of objects. Or for each family member’s out of season clothes and sports gear. Color coding could work well with seasonal décor as well. And store them in order of season, from spring to winter all in a row.
This one should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway: label everything! This will help you stay organized now and make it easier for anyone else who might use the garage (like kids or grandkids) find what they need later
Conclusion: Following these simple tips can help even the most cluttered garage become an organized oasis! And once you’ve got your garage under control, don’t forget about these helpful tips for organizing your entire home!
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