When it comes to organizing a home, the garage is one area that is often forgotten. The garage often becomes a makeshift storage and junk overflow room after space has run out in closets and cabinets. The garage also is the designated space for storing items that you don’t want inside regular living areas such as yard items, tools, bicycles, and more.
When the garage becomes the place where stuff is just dumped or stashed away, it can quickly become a stressful area, an eye sore, and a space that isn’t as useful as it could be. To help you make the most of your garage, here are 5 garage organization ideas to consider.
Add Storage Options
Interestingly enough, a space that is designed for storage does not typically come with built-in storage options. As with any other room in the house, storage cabinets, drawers, shelves, or more provide the most effective ways to organize items. Otherwise, stuff just piles up on the floor, in boxes or leaned up against the walls. Adding storage options will give you a designated place to put things and help to minimize clutter and disorganization. You can find a wide range of pre-made storage options at your local home improvement store such as garage cabinets or easy-to-install shelving systems.
You can also find countless DIY storage ideas on websites such as Pinterest or even YouTube. One of the simplest garage storage solutions is to take advantage of the extra studs by nailing wood slats against the studs or small shelves within the studs; this allows you to use the space between the studs without objects falling out.
Think About Overhead Storage
Adding storage to your garage is not limited to the floors and walls. Depending on the type of vehicle you have, you can make the most of the higher ceilings in your garage by installing overhead storage. From ceiling-mounted storage racks or ceiling storage lifts to cargo nets and basic screw-in garage hooks, there is a high amount of possibilities for extra storage.
Build A Tool Rack
A collection of screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, nails, screws and more can quickly outgrow a toolbox and overflow into random spots throughout the house making it hard to find the tool you need when you need it. Likewise, power tools come in awkward shapes and sizes and easily waste space. Using a pegboard and hooks, you can easily create a place for each handheld tool, while simple shelving units or cabinets below the pegboard can house any power tools and attachments you may have.
Consolidate As Much As You Can
Clutter and chaos in a garage is often the result of poor organization and placement of objects. Whether you have added storage units or not, take some time to go through the things you have in your garage and group similar items together. Then consolidate each group into designated, logical areas so that you are easily able to find what you need. Consolidating can also help you to efficiently store and place similar items. For example, you can stack smaller flowerpots within a larger one or use an unused planter to hold water hoses. Another example would be to store all snow-related items in the same corner of the garage.
Protect Your Belongings
Creating a more organized garage is worth the work, but make sure that you do not forget to protect the items within your garage. A few things you can do to be sure that your belongings are safe include investing in a garage door seal that will keep weather and rodents outside or scheduling annual garage door maintenance service that will keep your garage door functioning efficiently.
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