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Why Your Garage is a Mess

Jun 14, 2022
If you think about it, we can name a few places at home where clutter is dominating. Such are the bedroom closets, basements, attics, guest bedrooms aka the miscellaneous bedrooms, home offices, and the garage. Among all these, the garage may be ranked number one. This is because it is a space for all–vehicle parking space, storage, workshop activity area, and anything, really. You are not alone in this. Actually, 50% of homeowners said that the garage is their most disorganized space at home, according to the NAPO study. In a different survey, Sparefoot learned that 47% of 1,000 Americans encounter problems with garage parking because of the clutter. And to the statistics that the Self Storage Association released, around 9% of Americans rent storage space even though 65% of them have their own garages at home. The first step to finding a solution to a cluttered garage is knowing what contributes to the mess. Here are some of the common reasons why you could not keep a tidy garage.
Reason #1: You are habitually disorganized
There are kinds of people who are neat freaks, and then there are those who are not. If you are the latter, then most probably, you just leave the tools and other stuff where you used them or where your arms can reach at that moment. And say to yourself that you will return them where you got them, but lo and behold, you never do. Sometimes, it is not your intent but it could be just that you are pressed with time. Whatever the reason may be, the slow creep of clutter that accumulates in time will pile up and cause chaos in the garage.
Reason #2: You do not have the will to face the clutter
You already notice the clutter problem, but it takes strong will and courage for you to finally act on it. You postpone it in an hour, which will turn into a day, a week, a month, or worse, years. Just the thought of moving your bodies to clear the clutter already tires the hell out of you.
Reason #3: Your garage space is too small
It is easy to make a mess out of a small space. Finding extra storage space for all the items that you have is a big problem. As every square foot is valuable so that your home, and by extension, your garage can accommodate all your needs. The solution for that is finding the best storage that could work for your space. And we will tackle that in the latter part of this article.
Reason #4: You find it hard to let go of your stuff
Nostalgia and sentimentality run all over your body. So much so that every little thing that you possess is still stored at home. Certainly, there are keepsakes that are worth holding onto, but which ones are really worth the space? For everything that has any sentimental value, evaluate whether keeping them physically will do you good in the future. Or maybe you can just take a photo of them and store it in your digital cloud, or have it printed out and put them in the photo album. For the stuff that is worth keeping, make sure that you store them neatly and determine if the garage is the place to be as the garage is prone to moisture and dust.
Reason #5: You are using an ineffective garage storage system
No matter how many times you do deep cleaning and reorganizing if you utilize the wrong storage system, then all the effort and time are for naught. Additionally, if you use a cabinet or shelf that is not sturdy enough or could carry the weight of all your belongings, then sooner the storage will crumble. Not only do you have to repair or buy new storage, but the stuff stored is also damaged. Decluttering your garage does not need to be burdensome. Clearing and cleaning the garage space can be done with ease by using the right equipment. And by finding the correct storage for your space, it answers most of your problems on how to create more floor space for your vehicles and activities that need foot traffic. There are many wall shelves and overhead garage storage available in the market. A quick search on e-commerce sites will show hundreds of products. But looking for what will be best suited in your garage will take time if you do not know what you want and need in a garage storage. Aside from the affordability and price, the criteria that you should look for in storage equipment is that you can also utilize an organizing shelf that can be of multiple uses and offers flexibility, which will suit your needs–whether it is for weight capacity, reinventing of the orientation of the shelf and compatibility with the kind of walls that you already have in the garage. It is common sense that it will be easier and financially logical to get a rack that is already compatible with the build of your garage. The Fleximounts Corner 2-Pack 2’ x 4’ Wall Shelving WRC24B is one such reliable top storage solution. You can save a great amount of space in the garage by using the corner walls to install the wall shelf. Moreover, it offers flexible installation as you can use the WRC24B either as a corner shelf or a two-pack wall shelf. It is also compatible and suited for either wood studs or concrete walls. It is made of powder-coated steel, which is responsible for its heavy-duty and sturdy performance. Each shelf can carry a maximum weight of 220 lbs without it being wobbly, so you are assured of the safety of the items stored on it and you do not need to worry about falling objects cluttering your garage. Additionally, its one-piece grid design for easier assembly makes it more stable compared to others with multi-piece assembly available in the market. Assembling and installing this wall shelf will be a breeze as it is designed for easy one-person installation. In the package, all the hardware that you need is already included, as well as the installation template that helps with the mounting of holes, and the bubble level that helps get the perfect horizontal location. Moreover, the Fleximounts WRC24B Wall Shelving storage space offers additional storage options. The storage can easily be expanded with the Fleximounts GRH1/GRH1B hooks or GRH2/GRH2B hooks. You can use the hooks to store bikes, tools, cleaning materials, and more.