Keeping a garage organized can be an ongoing project. Many times people store so many things in their garage they can’t even fit a car into it. There are many things you can use to reclaim that spot for your garage. Here are seven of the best things to help keep your garage organized.
- Shelves – Attaching shelves to the walls of the garage will increase storage space. There are also stand-alone shelving units that are perfect in the garage. They are heavy-duty plastic or metal and can hold the heavier items that are often found in the garage, such as tools and sports equipment.
- Overhead storage – Overhead storage is a great way to get things put away that you don’t need as often, such as suitcases or holiday decorations. If you don’t want to build permanent shelves, there are hanging shelf units that can attach to the rafters and provide a great storage area.
- Pegboard, etc – Pegboard, slotboard or slatwall are perfect options in the garage. They can have hooks and baskets attached to allow for storage of a variety of items of all sizes. Brackets can be added to place shelves as needed. They can be completely customized to hold tools – both for the garden and the garage, parts, cleaning supplies, and much more.
- Tool hangers – There are a variety of hanging systems to hold tools. There are roller versions that grab the handles and hold them in place and standard hooks that will hold the tool, with the handles hanging down. Both will keep the tools out of the way, making things not only neater, but also safer.
- Store-Pod – Store-pods are a great addition to your garage storage system. They are waterproof, heavy-duty plastic storage units that are attached to the beams above. They look like a large plastic bag with shelves inside. The front is a clear plastic door that zips closed. They have ventilation slots that help reduce dust and mildew, while still keeping pests out of the things being stored.
- Sports storage – If you have a family involved with sports, there are always balls lying around, as well as shoes and other gear. Instead of tripping on them, the garage is a great place to store them. There are specially designed holders for sports equipment. There are some for balls, bike racks and more. You might consider bicycle racks that can be mounted on the wall or ceiling.
- Cabinets – Cabinets with a work surface are perfect for the garage. You can close the doors and hide any possible clutter. You also have a work area for projects that are too messy or noisy for the house. Many of the cabinets also come with locks – not only to protect your tools, but also to keep small children safe.
If you are thinking about selling your home, a tidy garage also helps showing, especially if you have pull down stairs in the garage for attic access. Instead of using your garage for storage while your on the market, I recommend renting storage space and packing up everything you absolutely do not need. When your contract your house, the move will not be overwhelming.