Garage Organization Ideas

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Homeowners demand much of their garages and treat them with little respect. They turn their garages from car ports and work stations to wildly disorganized storage sheds. They keep adding to the pile, and soon they trip on things and search in vain for items that should be easy to find.


Organizing your garage can be a lengthy and costly process, but one that saves you time and, eventually, money.

Everything Out

  • If your garage is cluttered, stop right there. You can't organize it effectively. You must clean the garage before you organize it. Pick a sunny day, pull the cars out, and bit by bit, remove everything from the garage. Figure out what you need, what you don't, or what could be stored elsewhere in the house. Consider a yard shed and consider selling anything you no longer need.

    Sweep the floors, clean out the cobwebs, then take a look at all the space you never knew you had in there.

    Gather all the things that will stay and put them back in the garage. Then bunch together everything that's going. Donate these items to a local Salvation Army or Goodwill, sell them at a garage sale or on the Internet, recycle them, or as a last resort, throw things away.

Use the Walls

  • Cluttered garages have lots of things leaning against the walls. These are trip-traps, and beyond that they just don't look good. Consider what you have and whether it can be mounted on the wall. Then mount anything possible--rakes, hoses, brooms, tools, for example, are easily mounted on a garage wall.

    When installing mounts, make sure you hammer them into a stud in the wall. You don't want to mount a garden hose and end up ripping down a half panel of drywall.

    Shelves can also be useful in keeping things off the floor. Whatever you mount or place on a shelf, see that it is secure, and would not cause injury if it were to fall.

Storage Cabinets and Shelves

  • Garage storage cabinets can be mounted on walls or stand freely on the floor. Either way, they provide the homeowner a place to organize and store all the various bits and pieces that have been cluttering up the work bench. The cabinet can hold those coffee cans full of nuts and bolts, tool boxes, chemicals, basically anything that doesn't need to be in plain sight.

Workbenches

  • Workbenches are part of any functional garage, and they can serve a dual purpose of giving you a workstation and providing storage for all manner of hardware. Not only do they increase a garage's function and organization, they also maintain a tone that the garage is for doing work--not for storing junk.

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