You had big plans for organizing your garage when you first bought your home.
It wasn’t just going to be a place where you parked your car. It would be your workshop, your art studio, a little oasis of quiet just a few steps from your home.
Then, like a termite infestation, clutter began to take over, swallowing all your work surfaces. But don’t worry. There are ways to combat clutter. With the right garage storage solutions, you can clear the way to make this space into project central.
1. Come up with a plan for the space
Before you start to organize, decide what you want to do with the space. Maybe you want to use parts of the garage for storage and set aside an area to use as a workspace. Whatever your decision, you won’t be able to properly organize without a plan.
2. Get rid of what you don’t use or need
Part of the reason our spaces get cluttered is that we buy things we don’t need, or that we only use a few times before setting them aside.
Once you’ve come up with a plan for your garage, move everything out and separate the things you want to keep and the things you want to give away, throw away or sell at a garage/yard sale.
3. A place for everything
Once you’ve decided which items you’ll be keeping, organize them into categories: tools with tools, holiday decorations with holiday decorations, etc.
Give each category a space in the garage, organizing them according to how often you’ll be using them. That means keeping things like rakes and shovels front and center, while keeping once-a-year items like your Christmas lights in storage.
4. Use your walls
Floor space is at a premium in your garage, so cut back on clutter by stacking items on shelves or hanging things on walls. Still looking for garage storage space? Remember your ceiling. This area is often the unsung hero of your garage, a place to hang bikes, outdoor summer toys and bulkier items.
5. Does it belong?
You might have items that you want to keep, but maybe shouldn’t be in your garage. Consider the following:
- Do you keep paint in your garage? Think about the climate. It might get very cold out there in the winter, and oven-like in the summer. Paint doesn’t do well with those kind of extremes, so store it in a more temperate place.
- If you have a propane tank, keep it outdoors. A spark in your garage could ignite fumes.
- Keeping paper products in your garage is an open invitation to cockroaches and other insects, so move your napkins, paper towels, etc. inside. The same rule applies to pet food. Unless you want to feed your neighborhood raccoons, move it indoors.
- While having a refrigerator in your garage might be convenient, it’s also a huge drain on your energy bill (unless your garage is air conditioned).
Once you’ve figured out what you don’t want in your garage, you can begin to install garage closets and cabinets to store the things you do want.
And if you need some advice when it comes to finding the right garage storage solutions for your space, get in touch with Closets & Cabinetry for a free consultation. Our design and storage experts are ready to help you reclaim your garage space.