The garage can become the catchall space for your home, which means it's an area that's frequently cluttered. If your car no longer fits in the garage because it's bursting at the seams with tools, toys and more, use these tips to tidy up and organize all the gear in your garage.
Top Tips for Garage Organization
- Store caustic chemicals in safe containers, preferably on high shelves or in cabinets with doors that lock. Many families toss paints, pesticides, auto fluids and more in the garage because it seems safer than keeping them in the house. Children and pets are still likely to find these items if they're out in the open.
- Maximize the space in your garage by storing items on wheels, like skateboards and bicycles, on hooks or shelves within arm's reach where children can grab them. Secure loose items, like balls and toys, in plastic totes or storage bins.
- Use old jelly jars to store screws, nails or other small items. To secure the jars, use a screw to mount the lids under shelves. You can then screw the jar into the lid for hassle-free storage.
- Install a shelving system on a wall. There are many styles available, and you can mix shelves with hooks to accommodate all kinds of garage items.
- Find customized solutions for garage clutter, like sporting goods, garden tools and lawn equipment. If you're storing tools on pegboard, outline the tools to make it clear if something is missing and to make it easy to replace the tool. Using bicycle racks and other solutions for sporting equipment will make storing these items safe and easy.
- Transform unused spaces into storage solutions. If you’ve got a couple of braces for shelves, add a closet rod between them to hang jackets. Store items you use infrequently or seasonally on high shelves, and store shoes on lower spaces. You can use the ceiling to store items like ladders (mount brackets to ceiling joists) or a lift assembly for bicycles. Use corner shelving to tuck away small items and maximize your shelving space.