We are in the month of June where most of the country are having beautiful weather and it is a great time to work on organizing your garage! I know we have been inside a lot during the Stay-At-Home orders in all states and this is a great reason to work on organizing your garage and getting some fresh air. Some garages are a black hole for people and/or dumping ground and you never want to deal with the space. Here are 4 tips to help with organization in your garage area:
Tip #1: Start the process of sorting/purging and organizing all of your winter items in your garage. Did you break the shovels/ice scrapers and can they can be thrown away? Are there clothes in the garage that you forgot to bring into the house and are dirty/worn out or are too small now? Just look at the winter items and really determine if you need to keep it for the next season or you can donate them, throw away or bring into the house and put them where they belong.
Tip #2: Really try to go through your tools and put together all of the tools that are the same. You may find out you have 5 hammers which may be fine but some may not work as well or the handle is broken. If you really do not want to purge your tools or you can’t pair down the tools, make sure they are organized so you can find what you are looking for! You can find many tool organizing items at Home Depot, Menards, Lowes or Ace Hardware. You can get a tool chest or a tool storage bin where you can sort and organize all types of nails and hardware.
Tip #3: I always recommend having some type of shelving unit in your garage. I suggest getting the freestanding shelving units that can be put together easily. Depending on the type of shelving units you get, they can hold up to a few hundred pounds per shelf. The shelving depths range from 14″, 18″ and 24″ and purchase the ones that work out best in your space. The 24″ depth works out best for storage bins but may not fit as well in the garage so purchasing the 18″ depth works out well also! They can be moved around to whatever area of the garage or outside space you may need it. The shelving units can hold bins, boxes, large tools etc. and will keep your area neat and organized!
Tip #4: Do you want to get your car in your garage? I know this seems like an interesting question but many people use their garage as an additional storage space and not for what it is meant to be; a place where you keep your car. If you have large items that you need in the garage like a lawnmower, snow blower, motorcycle, other large items, than maybe a shed on your property is needed if possible. If you want your car in the garage and need the extra space, there are several options to keep your garage items/equipment in the shed where it is out of the way and protected.
Garages are meant to store only a few categories and where a car is parked and not to be a black hole where you can not find anything! Enjoy the great outdoors and take some time to go through the items in your garage and get it organized where you can find all your tools, summer items and park your car! If you have any questions about the organizing process or need additional help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to help you. Thank you and have a wonderful and safe summer!