How to keep your garage organized


Garages, more than any other area in the house, tend to become cluttered quickly. This comes as no surprise, since for many families; garages are used more as giant storage spaces for a variety of items. After all, the garage is an ideal place to keep many outdoor objects, such as gardening supplies, bicycles, lawn mowers, and so on. However, few things are more annoying than hunting for something you need that is buried in a huge pile of odds and ends. Even worse is when you need to put your car inside during a hailstorm, and you can’t fit it in because the garage is overflowing with junk. If either of the above situations are common occurrences for you, you may want to consider reorganizing your garage in a way that will make mass storage more convenient. Having an organized garage will allow you to use the area for its primary purpose: storing your car.

The first step in organizing your job is sorting through all of its current contents and choosing the things you really want to keep. Chances are, half the stuff piled in the garage is junk. Holding on to a ton of things you don’t need will make it impossible to maintain an organized garage. Take inventory of everything in your garage, and get rid of anything that doesn’t have some important purpose. In general, if you haven’t used it in the past two years and are not going to be needing it soon, then there is no reason to hold on to it. Items that are in reasonably decent condition should be sent to Goodwill, and the rest should be trashed.

There may be several things that you want to keep that don’t necessarily need to kept in a garage. Things like suitcases and umbrellas could easily be stored in a closet. Seasonal decorations are probably better suited for storage in your attic. Take time to identify these items and find a home for them.

When you’ve decided on the things that you really want to keep in the garage, it is time to split them up by category. The easiest way to do this is to label several boxes by category. Choose boxes that you can easily stack in order to maximize your storage space. Then, split your remaning inventory into various categories. Categories of objects will vary from home to home, but some typical categories include: gardening supplies, auto maintenance, sports and recreation, and hardware.

Smaller items and things that don’t seem to fit in any of the categories labeled on your boxes will need their own special storage places. I suggest purchasing plastic shelving. These are inexpensive and easy to set up and move around as needed. Use jars to store items such as nails and screws.

Hooks are great to use for storing a variety of tools in garages. They are an ideal way to store your saws and other large tools. One great method for storing smaller tools is to attach magnetic knife holders (typically found in the kitchen) to the wall or to the bench if you have one, and instead of using them to organize knifes, use them as magnetic tool holders. Use heavy duty bicycle hooks for bikes, which typically take up a lot of room in garages. Similar hooks can be used to store skis and snowboards and keep them out of the way.

Large garden tools such as shovels and rakes can easily be stored using a basic peg rack. Use studs to mount the rack securely to the wall. If you don’t have wall space for these tools, you can always store them in a large trash can, with the handle pointing down so you can easily identify the various gardening tools.

A shoe storage rack is a good place to keep boots, gardening shoes, cleats and even rollerblades. Store your shoe rack on the lowest level of one of your plastic shelves, or under in another place that is convenient, but out of the way.

The most important thing to remember when organizing your garage is to be creative and flexible. Some organization systems will not work for you and that’s okay. Find one that does.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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