Garage Organization – Part Two
Earlier this month we discussed updating your garage doors and floors as effortless ways to improve the looks of your garage. Now, we would like to finish up Garage Organization Month with tips to organize the interior of your garage as a whole.
You could have a garage that is actually a pleasure to spend time in, a place where you can easily find what you need and a place where you can accomplish things. Having a flexible organization system is very important as time and seasons change, so should our storage layout.
Take the time to organize your items. This involves grouping items together according to tools, lawn and garden equipment, sports and recreational equipment, automotive, season décor, etc. Trash, donate or recycle items that are broken or haven’t been used in a while. Doing this first will make the arrangement step much easier.
Measure the area you’re planning on using for storage. Knowing the exact measurements and layout of this area will allow you to know how many shelves or panels to purchase. There are many different storage system options to assist with the organization of your garage and will conceal clutter while keeping your floor clean.
Wall slat systems are designed to hold and support an impressive amount of weight and come with a variety of interchangeable hardware.
Cabinets specifically designed for the garage are the hottest trend in makeover improvements. Cabinets for the garage have to be able to withstand temperature extremes, since garages rarely heated or air-conditioned. They need to have durable surfaces that are easily cleaned, since they are inevitably opened and closed by dirty hands and gloves. Lastly, they need to be built to handle heavy loads. The best part about garage cabinets is that the doors close to hide all the items that don’t need to be on display.
There are many devices being invented for getting stuff up high, where you can get it when you want it, but it is out of the way of everyday activity. Some overhead systems to consider, other than traditional shelving, are rubber storage containers and nets include simple pully lifts and even a hydraulic lift system.
Whether you’re a DIYer or you are planning to have a local contractor install whichever storage system you have chosen, they need to be secured to the walls.
Now is the time for the real fun! Arrange your hooks, shelves, baskets and any other accessories you may have, then organize your stuff on the accessories.
Lastly, here’s an important tip to keeping your garage organized and clutter free: Put things where they belong after you’re finished using them!