Three Steps to a Perfectly Organized Garage
Most of us have fallen victim to the dreaded messy garage. Bikes piled in the middle, tools strewn in every possible corner, and don’t even think about trying to park your car in there! The problem is, we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. It’s time to get to work and following these three steps will help you achieve your dream of a Pinterest-worthy organized garage.
Step One: Declutter
The first step to an organized garage is to take everything out of your garage. Yes, everything. Create three piles: keep, donate, and throw away.
Keep in mind, there are some things that shouldn’t be in your garage to ensure home safety and proper storage. The following items should find a different home outside of the garage:
Paint – Extreme cold or heat can ruin it. Store cans in a more temperate area.
Propane – A spark could ignite the fumes. Tanks should always be kept outdoors.
Paper goods – When stored outdoors, they’re a magnet for roaches and other bugs. Move them to your pantry.
Refrigerator – It’s a huge energy drain in spaces that are not air-conditioned.
Pet food – Unwanted critters will sniff it out. Keep it in a sealed container inside.
Step Two: Storage
In an organized garage, there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. Storage solutions are a must-have for the small, loose items that can quickly clutter your garage. Utilize these storage options for everything to the smallest nuts and bolts to the largest appliances you can find.
Stackable plastic bins with lids – for anything and everything. Patio cushions, holiday decorations, and beach toys, just to name a few. Label them so you’re not searching through every bin to find what you need.
Mason jars for small items like screws, so they don’t get lost
Magnetic strip for small tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, scissors, paintbrushes, and anything else metal.
Lockable cabinet for storing lawn chemicals, sharp objects, and other potentially dangerous items you don’t want kids or pets to get into.
Step Three: Layout
Now, you have a good idea of which items will make their way back into your garage. But, before lugging it all back in, determine a layout. Consider how frequently you use each item in order to determine its new home. You’ll want to group like items together so they’re easier to find and so your organized garage has an overall, aesthetically pleasing look.
Get things off the floor and onto the wall or up to the ceiling! Seasonal or rarely used items should be kept on high shelves since you won’t be pulling them out on a regular basis. Don’t forget about ceiling storage! Utilize overhead space by installing ceiling-mounted storage. This is a perfect place to store items that you want to keep but will access only occasionally.
Now what? After you step back and admire your perfectly organized garage, the real challenge is keeping it this way! Everything has a place, so remember to put it back where you found it and you’ll never have to tackle this large task of garage organization again.