Some experts estimate that only 30% of people use their garages for their intended purposes, that is to store their cars. Why is this you might wonder? Most people simply have too much garage clutter to allow space for their vehicle. This seems like a silly thing when we consider that a care is often a huge monetary investment, and you’ll maintain it’s quality and value longer if you store it in its intended spot, in your garage. That’s why Closet & Storage Concepts has these tips to help you get the cleanest and most organized garage ever!
Overhead is Obvious
When thinking about garage storage and organization, the first place you should look is up. Your ceiling is an excellent space-saving resource in the tight confines of a crowded garage. Hanging storage is a great way to keep items like bikes, ladders, strollers, or even kayaks from hogging your precious garage space. Ceiling shelving is another spot to hold items that you don’t use very often, like holiday supplies, coolers, and luggage. Utilizing sliding racks and hanging storage will keep your garage clean and organized so that you can focus on more important things.
Walls are Winners
Just like the ceiling, your walls are an often under-utilized tool in the clash with clutter. Wall storage is a great way to make the most of your space. There are a couple of great uses for your walls. One option is pegboard, which is a useful way to keep tools and supplies on the wall and out of your way. The ability to organize everything visually and right in front of you, while still using very little space, will be a huge help in keeping your garage neat and clean. Use wall-mounted storage for things like golf bags, or large tools such as shovels or rakes. Here’s a fun project idea: create a tool storage ‘pin cushion’ by gluing rigid foam insulation to a plywood base, and storing tools like screwdrivers, awls, pencils, and other pointy tools in it while hanging it from your garage wall. Walls are a great area for experimenting with DIY storage. Try using PVC piping to build upright storage for long thin tools like mops and hoes.
Storage for the Small Stuff
In the garage, there is plenty of small stuff with the potential to easily go missing. The key to having the cleanest and most useful garage is proper storage of these tiny items. Try mounting a magnetic strip that will keep items like drill bits and other small metal bits from going astray. Repurpose kitchen jars, so they can hold coffee and beans in your home, and screws and nails in the garage. Invest in a good toolbox to store your frequently used items such as scissors and screwdrivers.
With these tips in your back pocket, you’ll be well prepared to move your car back into your now spotless garage. Learn more about our garage storage systems. For pricing and design options, be sure to give us a call or stop by our Franklin, MA showroom!