Garage Organization Tips
That old adage “A place for everything and everything in its place” sounds admirable, but for most of us, it is just impossible. In the rush of everyday living, things just get messy – and that includes garages.
Time For Garage Organization
Is there so much clutter in your garage that you don’t even know what it holds? Are your cars almost afraid to spend the night inside, assuming they can still find room to get in? About 25% of people with two- don’t park any cars in them and 32% park only one. When it comes to three-car garages, only 13% park three cars. So, if we don’t park cars in our garages, what do we use them for?
Garage Disorganization Causes Injuries
More than 75 percent of reported garage-related injuries result from either falling or stepping on an object left on the garage floor, two hazards that could be avoided with adequate lighting and proper organization. About 60% of garage users report that their garage is unorganized, and one out of three garages does not have sufficient lighting. Most families utilize the garage for storage, and many frequently keep potentially dangerous items in their garage that must be handled with care. Make sure poisonous products such as pesticides, lighter fluid, paint thinner, antifreeze, and turpentine have child-resistant caps, are clearly labeled and stored in a locked cabinet out of sight and reach of children.
Organizing The Garage
The most efficient storage strategy is being honest about what you really need to keep. So start organizing by getting rid of the stuff that you don’t use or need. I begin all projects with pencil and paper… this helps me make decisions and get a picture in my mind's eye how things will best fit in the available space. So decide, then act, moronically simple advice… without a doubt, but also true.
Decide How You Want To Use The Space
Typical items that are housed in the garage are recycling, sports and recreational equipment, camping gear, automotive, seasonal decor, garden supplies, household tools and our personal hobbies. Having garage cabinets or shelving makes things a lot easier, one cabinet for automotive and cleaning supplies, one cabinet for camping stuff and so forth. The advantage to cabinets over open shelving is that even the most meticulously organized shelves can look junky and cluttered… plus things will eventually get covered in road dust, even if you don’t park cars inside the garage. Besides the stuff you have consider how the space is to be really used and give that a priority.
Clear It Out
Everyone in the home has some level of attachment to the items in the garage. Garage organization is not an inside job. You must enlist your driveway for assistance. Start by emptying your garage out and putting everything onto the driveway. Decide what you want to keep and place those items in one area of the yard. Create a separate area for things that still work, but you don’t need anymore (those can be sold), and, have a big trash bin for things that can’t be sold or donated. Whatever does not sell during the garage sale can be donated to charity. Do you have sporting equipment that you haven’t touched in five years? Donate it. Same for those duplicate hedge trimmers that you have collected. Say goodbye to unused or broken toys, bicycles, tools and equipment. Remember to apply the two-year rule: If you haven’t used it in two years, chances are you won’t. Once you have separated everything you can look at what is left and decide how to best organize it.
Divide Your Space
Take what you’re keeping and organize it so that related things are together. Sometimes, random parts or singular items are discovered in the garage. In this case, if you want to keep them, just store with the most similar category or in a visible place so you remember you have them. Then you’re ready for the next step in your garage organization project. Divide your garage into specific areas. Create a section for yard tools, another for kid’s toys and another for power tools. Create small piles of garden tools, sporting equipment, toys, holiday decorations, etc. You can even go so far as to sort those categories in to smaller piles (e.g. organize sporting equipment by specific sport). This will help you to become aware of the importance of each group of items and will ultimately help determine where they should go in the garage.
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After Cabinet Installation
Now it is time to put everything you are keeping back in the garage. Organize everything in order of use and start to fill up your new cabinets and pegboard hooks. Think about valuable real estate when you are considering available space. Parking space and those shelves at eye level or within reach are valuable real estate. Less valuable real estate would be very high or low shelves and should be reserved for less frequently accessed items. Place toys and sporting items in one area that is away from dangerous items and at a level where the smallest members of the family can grab them easily. Utilize your hooks and brackets to keep all garden tools in one area and use small drawers or jars for nails, screws, and other small building materials. Keep all of your hand tools easily accessible on a pegboard above a work surface. Store all of your unused pots and planters upside down and on top of each other to make the best use of your space. Seasonal items not currently being used should be in an out-of-reach area and rotated into a more accessible area as the appropriate season comes around.
Fully Utilize Your Cabinet Space
With a garage storage system you can keep things not utilized regularly (i.e. coolers, seasonal items) higher on the wall or overhead. Store heavy items and toys low to the ground for easy and safe access. If bikes are parked where your car should be, rack them right on the wall.
Use A Variety Of Accessories
You can boost the efficiency of your garage storage system with accessories. Prioritize problem areas and then select the accessories to handle them. Buy what you need to store it properly and improve your garage organization. Sturdy plastic containers with lids that seal are an excellent way to keep bugs and dirt away. Label everything you have in containers for easy searching. Use pegboard for general house and workshop tools and accessories. If you can never find small garden or workshop tools when you need them, a pegboard keeps tools out of the way, but within easy reach.
Maintain, Maintain, Maintain
Ninety percent of life is maintenance! Put everything back where it belongs, clean it up and feel good because you have transformed your garage from a dumping ground into a useful extension of your home. Now that your garage organization is done, your next step is to keep it that way. If there is room for your cars, chances are that the garage is picked up and organized. Once your cars move back to the driveway, you have given in to the clutter once again. Make a commitment to return garage items to their designated spaces when you are done with an activity. It only takes a few seconds, and it can mean the difference between keeping your garage organized and neat. If you start out having a specific place for each item, it’s much easier.
As more people use the garage as an extension of their home, staying organized will help ensure that the garage remains a safe and functional room for the entire family to enjoy. Let We’re Organized help you realize the garage of your dreams.