Facing a mess in your garage? Here are some easy tips to help you get this space in order.
De-clutter First and foremost, there's one critical step to a well-organized garage - de-cluttering! We all have a tendency to hang onto things "just in case" we might need them later. But if you haven't used something in several years, odds are you don't need it anymore. Get rid of everything you don't need or use - if you'd like to enjoy some extra cash in your pocket, consider having a garage sale. If not, donate it to a local charity shop like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
Once you've scaled down, organize everything that's left over into piles of like items - put all the tools together, all the sporting goods, seasonal decorations, garden tools, etc. This will give you a head start on the rest of your garage organization project. Storage Boxes For loose items like toys or seasonal decorations, plastic storage containers are the way to go. If you're concerned that these items will be "out of sight, out of mind," use clear boxes - they allow you to see what's inside, ensuring that you don't lose track of things.
Before you purchase boxes, figure out what's going into them - then buy boxes in appropriate sizes. A half-empty box is a waste of usable space that could be devoted to something else.
Once you know how many boxes you have - and how often you will need to access most of them - you can start to plan for your specific needs in terms of wall storage, shelving and other storage options.
Wall Shelving One of the easiest ways to maximize space in your garage is by installing basic wall shelves. This puts the items you use often within easy reach. Build your shelving from floor to ceiling, and store items you use less often toward the top. Be sure to use sturdy brackets or a solid brace system. These shelves will be used a lot, and you want them to be able to take a beating.
Walls Hooks For items like garden tools and regularly used sporting goods, walls hooks are a blessing. This allows you to get items off the floor and out from under your feet. Consider putting in hooks at varying heights, or in horizontal rows, to optimize precious wall space.
Cabinets For small items that get a lot of use, cabinetry can be an excellent solution. If you're not comfortable installing cabinetry then contact a local handyman to do it for you. You can purchase nice-looking cabinetry appropriate for this purpose at most large home-supply stores.
Ledge Shelving One fantastic way to maximize space is to build a high ledge shelf, two feet deep, around three sides of the room. This is space that is rarely used, and can be a great solution for items you don't use frequently, but need relatively easy access to. By building shallow shelving, you ensure that things can't be stacked deep and hidden from view.
Overhead Storage The majority of unused space in your garage is probably right over your head! Construct hanging shelving accessible via ladder where you can store boxes containing items you use infrequently. This storage can also be used for loose items like your Christmas tree.
Bike Hooks Bikes can be hung from overhead storage hooks to get them off the floor, some even have a mechanism that raises and lowers them for easy access.
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