How To Organize Your Garage - November 16th 2015
Q: Our garage is a disaster! Do you have any suggestions as to how we can clear some of the clutter, get it up off the floor space and maybe even park our cars inside.
A: Many garages become a dumping ground for everything from seasonal items, sports equipment, tools and even unused furniture. Here are a few ideas to help organize reclaim your garage into useable space.
Pegboard can be an organizer’s best friend. Install some in a convenient place above a work bench or on a wall to help you organize smaller items like tools and extension cords that can clutter up an area in a hurry. Hooks and shelves will also make your often used tools highly visible and more accessible than if they were stuffed in a drawer or tool box.
Baskets, bins and organizing shelves come in all shapes and sizes. Pre-made shelving kits can be found at most home supply stores and can be easily adapted to fit your garage or storage area. Or you can try building your own custom shelving units out of 2x4’s and laminated shelving pieces.
Hooks are a great versatile item. Aside from the hooks on your trusty pegboard, you can find a hook or holder for just about anything. My personal favorite is the Bike hook. Suspending your bikes from the ceiling will save room and keep them from falling over.
If you have a high garage ceiling you can install some high shelving units for items such as Christmas or seasonal decor that you may use only once in a long while. Things like paint cans and any toxic or hazardous chemicals are always good to store in a higher, less accessible area that is out of sight and reach of young children. There are many types of overhead storage. Some that can be anchored to the garage ceiling with adjustable verticals or a style that can be hoisted up and down to make it easier to load and unload your stored goods.
You may want to also give your concrete garage floor a facelift. Garage Floor Coatings create a more finished look and protect against stains and tire marks.
If you plan to spend time in your garage during the winter months you may want to go one step further and make it more comfortable by installing a convection heating unit and/or insulating the garage door with reflective foil insulation.