A garage can very quickly become something of a forgotten space in the home, with so many lacking a clear purpose and simply becoming a dumping ground for everything from old suitcases to that pair of skis you used once two years ago. Obviously, the central purpose of most garages is to shelter the car, but that doesn’t mean that everything around the car zone has to be a disorganised mess! With some careful planning and a few judicious purchases at your local DIY store, you can realise the dream of a beautifully organised garage and have easy access to all your belongings.
Garage Storage Systems and Organisation: a 6-Step Guide
A variety of garage storage systems are available – some expensive and complex, others amounting to little more than a couple of garage shelving units and a few hooks. What unites them all, however, is the organising principle behind them – that everything has its place, and there’s a place for everything.
Here are the steps you should take to make sure that you have a clean and tidy garage:
- For bulky items such as bikes and rakes, the only way is up – quite literally in this case, as such items are often a tripping hazard if left on the floor. You can find a variety of racks for garden tools and bikes. You could also stick heavy-duty hooks into the wall and ceiling, and hang bikes vertically by their front wheel. Ceiling hooks are a great option for unwieldy items that are rarely used, such as skis.
- Having created your zones, you now need to think about the storage you need for each. For general household items such as pots of paint or sporting equipment, garage shelves are a great option, with sturdy freestanding ones best to avoid buckling or collapse.
- The vital first step then is to get everything out of your garage – if you have space, temporarily put these items in your back garden or in another safe place. Freeing your space of everything in it will not only allow you to visualise the organisation of your garage, but also allow you to systematically go through your possessions and decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to get rid of.
- After deciding what you absolutely must have in your garage, it’s time to start thinking about garage storage. Whatever you’re storing, make a clear plan about how you want to divide your garage, and create zones dedicated to an activity or purpose.
- Garage storage cabinets are also very useful, in particular for those items that are used infrequently, such as children’s toys and outdoor equipment.
- Finally, if you have a lot of tools, it might be a good idea to invest in a workbench and specific tool storage devices. You can purchase tool racks for the wall, or you can make your own.
As a final tip, consider labelling boxes and cabinets so you know what’s in each one without having to open them.
With these handy tips, that jumbled and infuriating garage should be history, with a clear, usable space taking its place.