10 Garage Organizing Ideas to Start Now
Your garage holds more than just your vehicle. It is storage for a variety of other items, such as bicycles, sleds, skis, cleaning supplies, the lawnmower, camping equipment, and tools. It can even become a dumping ground for anything you don’t want in your house, which means it can be so easy to lose control of the space. Next thing you know, you can barely squeeze your car in there.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can keep your garage organized so you can easily store everything and fit your vehicle. Here are our top 10 garage organizing ideas that will help you keep this extension of your home in order.
1. Do a Purge of Your Garage
The first garage organizing idea is to go through everything in your garage and decide whether you actually need it or use it. Make three piles—keep, donate, throw away. Donate anything that you don’t use but is still in good condition (think rollerblades you haven’t used in years or your kid’s bike from when they were five). Anything that is broken or worn out should be tossed.
2. Create Zones for Storage
Determine what you will put where. Making a map for efficient storage is a good way to do this. Have a section for toys, gardening tools, sporting equipment, camping gear, etc. This will help ensure that everything has a proper place.
3. Install Shelves
One of the most important garage organizing ideas is to take advantage of vertical space because most of the floor space is taken up by your vehicle. Shelving is the first and perhaps most obvious way to do this. You can mount shelves on the wall or get shelving units (ideally metal).
Keep in mind that if you are considering cabinets instead of shelves, these require more floor space because you need clearance for opening the cabinet doors. In addition, cabinets are more expensive than shelving.
4. Use Hooks
Hooks are another great way to use up vertical wall space. You can hang individual hooks for hanging things like a broom and a mop, or you can hang larger utility hooks for items such as hockey sticks and a net. And if you use a track system, you can hang things that are odd in shape and size and adjust them as needed. You also can get specialized hooks or racks to hang bikes on the wall or from the ceiling.
5. Install Pegboard
Pegboard is another fantastic way to use up wall space. You can install the pegboard and hang things on it with hooks. It you hang tools on it, you can even draw the outline of each tool precisely where it goes so you—and anyone who borrows your tools—will know exactly where to put them.
6. Use Bins
Large items will fit on shelves easily, but smaller items are better stored in a bin or other type of storage container. Bins will fit nicely on the shelves and keep everything well organized. You can get bins in an array of sizes and choose colors you love.
7. Use Divided Containers
Divided containers, such as toolboxes, are great for many small items you store in your garage. One can be used for nails, screws, nuts, and bolts. Another can be used for small tools, another for medium tools. There are lots of options out there for divided containers, so you will have plenty to choose from.
8. Install a Workstation
Many people use their garage for their creative endeavors. If you are one of these people, then installing a workstation is a great way to have a space dedicated to what you love that is organized and look just the way you want it to. Whether that is a wood building station that includes power tools and a workbench, a sculpting station, or a workstation for another purpose, getting yourself set up will feel good and make your hobby more enjoyable.
9. Label Everything
We’ve talked about hooks, bins, and divided containers, but none of these will be 100% effective if you don’t know what’s in them. For this reason, it is important that you label all the various containers you use for storage. That way, you will be able to find whatever you need quickly and efficiently.
10. Put Everyday Items Within Easy Reach
Finally, there are some items you use on a daily or weekly basis and others you only use seasonally or on occasion. Arrange your storage so that the things you use on a regular basis are lower down and within easy reach. The things you don’t use often or only use seasonally can be stored higher up, so they are well out of the way.
Final Word on Garage Organizing Ideas
When you have a neat and tidy garage, you will enjoy parking in it and spending time in it. Just remember safety is important. Never store propane tanks, paint, paper products, or pet food in your garage. And be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector and a 5- to 10-pound U.L.-listed extinguisher that you can easily access.
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