Is your garage looking a little disheveled these days, with tools spread out on a worktable, piles of shoes on the floor, and your broom nowhere to be found? Good news! Decluttering and organizing your garage can open up the space and make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Take a look at some tips to get you started on the path to making your garage into the picture of organization!
- Declutter With a Garage Sale: Hosting a garage sale is a great way to get rid of items you don’t need and make a little cash in the bargain. Garage sale preparation takes a bit of time, but you’ll end up with fewer items to organize in your garage. One of the most valuable garage sale tips to remember is to advertise your most appealing items to get as many visitors as possible.
- Divide Your Garage Into Zones: Designate one corner of your garage for sports equipment, another area for tools, another area for trash and recycling, etc. Dividing your garage into zones makes it easier to organize and find specific types of items.
- Use a Pallet to Store Large Tools: An old wooden pallet can be used to store rakes, brooms, shovels, and other large tools in the garage. Find the studs in the garage wall, then use a drill to secure an upright pallet to the wall. This is a convenient way to store tools and clears floor space for other things (like your car!).
- Get Some Clear Plastic Bins: Clear plastic bins are excellent to use for garage storage because you can see the contents. If you have an old bookshelf, use it in your garage to neatly house your collection of bins.
- Install a Pegboard: This is a traditional item used for organizing a garage. A pegboard can hold screwdrivers, hammers, containers of nails, wrenches, and other tools. Everything you need will be right at your fingertips.
- Consider Overhead Storage: The area near the ceiling of your garage is an excellent place to store items you need but may not use on a regular basis. There are overhead storage racks strong enough to hold ladders, bins of clothing, and even boxes of old documents. Your items will be stored safely and out from underfoot, until you need them again.
- Install a Bike Rack: Bicycles take up a whole lot of floor space in a garage. Installing a bike rack on one wall keeps bikes off of the floor and allows family members easy access to their rides!
- Use Labeled Boxes: Basic opaque storage boxes are useful to store swimming pool toys, small pieces of sports equipment, and other items in an organized way, but they’re a pain to rummage through when you don’t remember what’s in them. Use your computer to print a colorful label for each bin before stacking them in a corner.
- Put Up a Shoe Rack: Shoes of all types can create a lot of clutter in a garage. A low bookshelf can serve as a storage area for the shoes of family members. Presto! The shoes are off the floor and ready to slip on when needed.
Get those garage sale signs ready and start organizing. Spring is on the way! Thanks for reading. – Alan