Gone are the days of mismatched plastic tubs stacked ceiling-high, bikes thrown in the corner, and holiday decorations sprinkled in between. Home organization and decluttering now also includes the garage. We know what you’re thinking … but where am I going to put everything?! No need to sweat just yet. A big reason why your garage is cluttered has to do with a lack of organization, not a lack of space. Just as you’ve organized the inside of your home, you can organize your garage. The garage doesn’t have to be the room equivalent of your “junk drawer”. Where to begin though? We’ve put together a few tips to get you started and before you know it, your neighbors will be having garage-envy.
If you don’t already have shelves in your garage, this will be a game-changer for saving floor space and staying organized. When you decide on shelves, remember to measure your space and go heavy duty. Plastic shelving units may only run you $40 per shelf, but they will not withstand the test of time. Your big-box stores such as Costco, Sams, and hardware stores offer a variety of different options for heavy duty shelving.
2. Look Up
The ceiling in your garage is an excellent space for overhead storage shelves and bike racks. Since ceiling storage isn’t always the most easily accessible, we recommend storing season item, holiday decorations, and other non-frequently used lightweight items. Bikes, although used frequently, can easily be hung by hooks or a hoist system.
3. Uniform bins
Bins have been a garage organizing staple for quite some time and you’ve likely inherited a small collection of different sizes and colors. However, in order to make the most of your space (and for best aesthetics) we recommend you buying sets of bins in the same shape/size. You may, for example, opt for a set of 10 smaller bins for one shelf, and a set of 4 bins for a larger shelf. Don’t forget to label the bins so you know what’s inside.
4. Hang/stand your long-handled tools
There are plenty of different wall-hanging options for your broom, rake, shovel, etc. What you use will all depend on your preference and your space. Wall hook systems work well, but if you are limited on space, you may want to opt for a system, like this one, that will fit in a corner and can hold multiple items at the same time.
5. Easy on the eyes and functional
Make the most of your wall space by hanging tools on pegboards. This storage classic is a quick and easy solution that you can customize with a variety of hooks and baskets. A quick online search for pegboard storage will leave you with a plethora of new ways to use your pegboard and create the perfect storage solution.
These are just a few of the ways you can start creating order in your garage. Remember that sometimes you have to start small and focus on one section at a time. This doesn’t have to be done in a weekend. Last, but not least, while organizing your garage, it’s a great time to really go through the items and toss, donate, or sell items you no longer use. Stay tuned for our next blog post where we share some of our favorite Marie Kondo decluttering tips.