If you have a garage, you know it can get quite messy from time to time. From lawn equipment and tools to recreational items and outdoor toys, a garage often ends up being the “catch-all” of the house. Luckily there are some great ways to keep your garage looking neat and clean. The following 8 tips will help you organize your garage in no time at all.
1. Have an Objective
Before you start organizing your garage, it is a good idea to have an overall objective, or goal. If you simply want to park your car in your garage comfortably, make that your overall objective. If you want things in your garage to be neater and more organized, that should be your goal. Because you have an attainable goal in mind, you will be much more likely to get it accomplished.
2. Think Vertically
If you do not have a ton of room to work with in your garage, it is a good idea to use as much vertical space as possible. Get some heavy-duty wall hooks, which can hold everything from lawn and garden tools to bicycles and brooms. You will be surprised at how much room you gain once you get everything off of the floor. You can also make use of the space up above if your garage has rafters. Simply secure some plywood across the rafters and you have an instant shelf. Just be sure to always use extreme caution when accessing your new storage area.
3. Remove Everything Prior to Organizing
It is a very good idea to remove everything from your garage before organizing it. This will give you an idea of how much space you actually have to work with. It will also help you determine which areas of your garage are best for certain activities or items. Removing everything prior to organizing also gives you the ability to sweep and mop your garage so it is fresh and clean. A clean space is always easier to organize.
4. Decide What to Keep
Instead of just rearranging everything that is presently in your garage, take the time to sort through every last item. By doing this, you will know what to keep, what to sell, what to donate, and what to throw in the trash. If you honestly think you will never use some of the items, you should then decide if someone else could use them or if they should be thrown away.
5. Make Designated Areas
To get the most out of the space you have in your garage, you should create designated areas for different types of activities or items. For example, if you have a great deal of children’s toys, keep them in one certain area. If you use your garage as an entry way to your house, make a designated area near the door for shoes, boots, and coats. If you want to have an area devoted to eating, create an area that will accommodate a picnic table. Keeping activities and items limited to specific areas will reduce the overall clutter in your garage.
6. Keep Similar Items Together
To organize your garage efficiently, try to keep similar items together. Whether you place them in storage totes or on shelves, keeping like items grouped together will keep your garage much more organized. For example, keep all of your household items together on one shelf. That way when you need something for the house, you know right where to find it.
7. Label Everything
To avoid digging through endless boxes or totes when you need something, label everything in your garage. Not only will this make things easier to find, but it will also help you use things you may have never knew you had in your garage. Label items such as nuts, bolts, and nails in separate, small containers, and you will be much more likely to use them.
8. Store Hazardous Materials Properly
If you keep hazardous materials inside of your garage, make sure they are stored properly and in one location. Keep them under lock and key if any children or pets have access to your garage. Avoid placing hazardous materials in random locations, as kids and pets are both very mischievous and can get to them easier than you think. A safe garage is an organized and secure garage.
Now that you know these simple and effective organization tips, you should have no excuse for a messy and cluttered garage. As long as you maintain the organization, your garage should remain neat and clean for some time.
Guest post from Cameron Gray. Cameron writes for AutoInsuranceQuotes.org