Do you have a messy garage? If so, you will have difficulty easily finding something when you really need it. An organized garage offers easier and hassle-free equipment access, which helps you save more time to do other activities. You need to find ways to make your garage well-organized and easy to manage. But many people don’t realize the numerous organizational choices that help them find things in the garage easily. Let’s focus on that, shall we?
So you purchased a nice house and you have a storage area for the first time in your new garage! You are relishing the new garage; however, you are also uncertain about what to keep in it and what not to keep in it.
Items you can keep in the garage
The items suitable for holding in the storage area of your garage are the ones that are normally designed for use in an outdoor environment, or any other items that can endure frequent temperature changes and fluctuations in humidity.
These items include:
- Your Car and Related Supplies
- Yard and Gardening Tools
- Outdoor Toys and Entertainment
- Occasionally Used Items
Items you cannot keep in your garage
The items you’re not supposed to keep in your garage storage area are usually comprised of three categories: objects that may cause a fire or are dangerous to handle, items that attract vermin or insects, and delicate or fancy objects that can be damaged by fluctuating weather conditions.
These items include:
- Weather-sensitive Items
- Documents and Photographs
- Food Items
- Paint Cans
- Linens or Other Fabrics
- Upholstered Items
- Anything Fragile
Organize the Garage into Zones
Because you store so many different items in your garage, you must categorize them into zones so that you can find any item when you need it and you don’t have to rummage through all the items stored in your garage. Start by grouping similar items with similar items.
Organize your items/equipment into zones:
- Sports and Recreational Equipment
- Camping Gear
- Garden Equipment
- Automotive Items
- Seasonal Decorations
- Auto Supplies (anti-freeze, windshield wiper fluid, etc.)
- Recycle Center
Start with the above zones and then begin working towards other zones from there, if required. When you nearly have everything organized, begin evaluating how much room each zone will occupy, and plan accordingly. For example, if you require a “sports equipment zone,” you can set it up when you have collected your sports equipment together and have an idea of just how much room it may take.
Use the walls and ceilings
An easy way to find objects in the garage is to use the ceilings and walls. If you want some extra space for storing items, tame the clutter in your garage. Moreover, overhead storage that offers racks hanging from ceiling joists can add lots of extra storage room that may be used for special storage such as luggage and camping gear, seasonal items, holiday decoration, weighty stuff, and items not used frequently.
You can also use the vertical wall space for organization. Slatted wall structures that have hanging hooks, shelves, and baskets can allow maximum vertical storage by providing easy access to many of your storage items. Items that you use every day can also be kept on garage wall shelves.
It’s much easier to find an item in your garage when you have everything organized properly. Dispose of the items that you no longer use, need, or want and then organize the remaining items. An orderly garage is the key to organization.