Every year it seems like someone wants to proclaim an early weekend in September as “National Clean Out Your Garage Day,” but why wait until fall? From storing your lawnmowers during the dog days of summer to prepping the rakes before fall. Do you know where your snow blower is when that first winter storm hits?
These are the questions that shouldn’t wait until fall to get answered. Besides, during the summer months you need access to your lawnmower, weed wacker, trimmers, and any gardening tools or implements. Do you really want to just keep tossing stuff around and deal with the struggle of finding exactly what you need every single time you have to find something? Of course not!
Tip 1: Start with a plan!
I’m amazed how often someone talks about tackling the garage, but they don’t have a plan. This is how most people end up staring for several hours only to have the garage as messy as when they started. Don’t let yourself get stressed out and overwhelmed: even a basic plan will help you tackle the garage wall by wall, bit by bit.
Tip 2: Remember vertical wall space!
One of the best tips for organizing a garage is an oldie but goodie. Don’t forget the power of vertical wall space! From putting in shelving for a variety of smaller items or a place to store tool boxes to creating hooks on the wall for rakes, brooms, shovels, axes, and other tools, you should take advantage of the bare wall setup of a garage in order to put up as much storage area as possible.
This not only frees up more of that precious floor space, but you can organize to have all your fall tools on one part of the wall, your snow shovels and winter gear on another section, and saws and other repair tool on yet another section of the wall. This allows you to quickly and easily spot the tools you need and organize them accordingly.
Tip 3: Think multi-use functions
Whether you’re looking at portable tool boxes that can be moved or plastic bin shelves that can be stacked up on one another, there are many different types of storage units that are designed specifically to have multiple uses or that can function in multiple ways. The nice thing about an open space with bare walls is that you have the ability to really plan and move your storage around accordingly.
If your large professional tool boxes are against the wall, there’s no reason you can’t have cabinets attached to the wall on top of it!
Organizing your garage might be a chore as a one-time event, but tackling the work with a plan will help make your life easier, and make you happier with the overall look and feel of your space. You will also be more prepared for whatever any season has to throw at you!