The benefits of having a garage are two-fold: protection for your car and extra storage space for your belongings. However, they can also very easily turn into a minefield if they are disorganised and cluttered. It can be very overwhelming organising your garage, and it might seem like one of those daunting jobs that never end, but we’ve put together 10 tips that should help you make it as easy as possible.
10 tips that should help you make it as easy as possible.
Evaluate the Use of Your Current Equipment
We can easily get caught in the trap of not wanting to throw something away or being too lazy or too busy to take something to the dump. Before you start to organise your garage, go through everything and ask yourself if you need it and if you will actually use it. You might find somethings are in good condition to sell, donate, re-purpose or might need to be thrown away.
Organise Your Garage into Zones
This is so that each area has equipment that would most likely be used for the same activities. For example, you might have a work station which will be where you do all your DIY jobs. A good idea is to keep all the tools nearby so that they are easily accessible and so that they are out of other people’s way.
Group Your Areas into Smaller Segments
This will help your workflow and also make it easier to find things in the garage. It’s all well and good to have your old belongings boxed up and tidily placed in the same corner of the garage, but when it comes time to find a particular item, you might not know where to start. Store things like videos, books, toys in separate boxes and clearly label them, so that you can identify which box you need to look through instead of rummaging through them all.
Build Upwards – Create Layers
One thing that often goes untouched is the vertical space in the garage. By adding shelves and boxes to create layers, you are maximising the available space and allowing more floor space for bigger, heavier items. A great tip is to re-purpose stuff such as old baskets and old racks. With a coat of paint, they can look brand new and add colour to your garage.
Hang or Pin Equipment to the Wall
Create some more floor space by using slat wall, peg boards or hooks. Making everything visible will make the garage look more than just a storage space and feel like a workstation, and it will also be easier to find things. This is especially helpful if you don’t have very many drawers or baskets to store your tools.
Re-purpose Old Equipment to Increase Storage
If you have old crates, they would make good shoe shelves or a good storage box. If you had table tennis table, you could also use it to as a workstation, also since it is foldable you could neatly fold it up and slot it away nicely. This is a cost-effective way repurpose your material to create more storage space.
Label and / or outline places where each piece of equipment belongs
This will mean that people who don’t normally come to the garage will know exactly where things belong and can maintain the order of the garage.
Maintain a Clean and Tidy Garage
Just like every other room in the house, the garage needs a bit of TLC every now then. When the car gets taken out the garage, leave the doors open allow clean fresh air to flow. If you allow dust and bacteria to build up, then you run the risk of your equipment and belongings not lasting as long as they could.
Install more cupboards
While shelves are great for building upwards and creating layers, cupboards are a little more protective as they can close and are more durable. They can also be more appealing because if you have old tools or equipment that you don’t want anyone to see then you can store then in the cupboards.
Install Ceiling Storage boxes
Ceiling storage boxes are a great way to store away items that are easy to lose or that you want to keep well out of other people’s reach. There are different ways to set this up, so make sure you do your research for what will work best for your garage.
With growing families comes the need for more space. Sometimes you can out-grow your garage and run out of space to store all your precious belongings. Chances are that if your garage is full, then there is also no room in the house to store your stuff. This would suggest that you will need a house with a bigger garage!