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Garage  /  November 10, 2014

Garage Organization Tips

The garage is a place to shield cars from the elements and also often used as a place to store things when they are not in use. For many homeowners, the garage can quickly turn into a dark cavern where things go to be “stored” and never come out again.

The garage is a place to shield cars from the elements and also often used as a place to store things when they are not in use.  For many homeowners, the garage can quickly turn into a dark cavern where things go to be “stored” and never come out again.  Do not let things get piled up in a haphazard and unorganized way.  The garage can be a place to protect your car, store your things and even more if your garage is organized properly.  There are many ways to organize a garage from completely DIY to fully customized and professionally installed organizational systems.  No matter what your budget is, there is a way to organize your garage so that it not only serves its primary function but so that it also organizes your things and is enjoyable to be in.

 

  • Clean it Out

The best way to see what you really need in terms of organization in your garage is to really clean it out.  If you do not know what is even in your garage, it will be difficult to determine how to best organize it.

 

  • Organize & Purge

Once you have cleaned everything out, organize like-items into piles or boxes so that when you do put everything away in your newly organized garage everything will be in its proper place.  While you are organizing, if you see items that you no longer want or use, it is time to donate them or throw them away.  Why use valuable storage space for something that will just sit there for the next ten years?  If you have not used it in the last 1-2 years, and it is not something sentimental, it is probably time to get rid of it.

 

  • Organizational Tools

Once you have cleaned out your garage and assessed what types of organizational items you will need, it is time to purchase organizational tools.  It is truly personal and there is no one-size-fits-all solution because each garage on a street will contain vastly different items.  One person may have a lot of sporting goods while someone else may have a lot of tools.  Purchase some racks that can be installed on the wall to store your yard tools so that they are not piled in a hard-to-maneuver heap.  There are many different size tracks available with hooks for sporting goods and baskets that can be attached to organize smaller items.  Additionally, metal shelving is a nice option for storing things like plastic bins and other boxes.  Use every bit of space available to you with floor to ceiling shelving or cabinetry.  There are many cabinetry systems that can be purchased at local hardware stores and also from cabinetry companies.  You can have cabinetry custom designed to fit your specific garage and your specific storage needs.

 

  • Hire a Professional

While it may be tempting to try to DIY your garage organization, it is always a good idea to hire a contractor to install things like shelving or cabinetry that will hold large or heavy items.  The last thing you want is to spend time and money installing something to help you stay organized and watching it come crashing down because it was not installed properly.  Not only is it costly and frustrating, but it is dangerous as well.  A professional and qualified contractor will help ensure that your organizational items are installed correctly so that you can have peace of mind and truly enjoy your newly organized garage.

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