Boy has this been the season for garage organizing, more so than any other year I have been in the business. I love it though!
I know I have written on this topic in the past but I thought I would review some key points to consider when organizing the garage.
First, what is the purpose of your garage? Everyone has different needs in this part of the house. For some, it is the only storage they have, for others it may be the sports zone for the kids. Or maybe, just maybe, you want to park your cars in there!
Second, Purge! Most garages become the dumping ground or the “temporary,” turned permanent, landing space for things on the way out or for those things we just don’t know what to do with.
Having established a purpose for the space will help guide the purging process.
Third, group all like items or items with like purpose to establish how much space you need to create for storage. Be sure you are keeping only the best equipment and if you decide to purge something but intend to replace it with a new version, be sure to allow for proper storage once the new item is brought into the equation.
Fourth, go vertical as much as possible with your storage solutions. Use ceiling storage if the height allows for it. Think bike pulleys and or racks for seasonal storage bins.
Fifth, Use square or rectangular storage bins rather than round. It will be more efficient with storage capacity.
Sixth, don’t forget nooks and crannies for storage. The spot between two garage doors is a great place to sit a ladder, ball claws, or hang a broom.
Seventh, the less frequently an item is used, the more out of the way the storage space should be. So don’t store your Christmas bins on the lower shelves if you can put them on the top shelves, in ceiling racks or a garage attic.
TIP: Turn shovels and rakes around so the blade or spikes are facing the wall. This prevents people or objects from getting snagged and causing all kinds injuries and potential calamities.
What are some of your most favorite garage organizing tools?