You know the old saying “out of sight, out of mind”? Well, it certainly can apply to the garage, where it’s all too easy to shut the door and forget the accumulating mess. Making the decision to get your garage organized is a great step, one that Closet & Storage Concepts of North Carolina would love to help you with. Here are some of our favorite tips:
Clear out the space beforehand
Before you do anything else, it’s a good idea to clear the area. Get your car out of the garage and get everything you can off the floors. It might be best to do this on a clear day, when you can use your driveway and yard. Doing this will help you really see the space you have to work with, as well as allow you to look over all the things you have cluttering up your garage.
Decide what to keep
As you look through everything, evaluate whether or not you need to keep it. Consider what shape your tools are in, the last time you used them, and how useful they were. When in doubt, get it out; donate or recycle wherever possible.
Determine purpose of spaces
Now that you’ve got a good, clear view of the area, try to figure out exactly what you want to do with the space. Garages are used for many things – from automobile work to storing clothes to woodworking to keeping recreation equipment. By identifying all the things you have going on in your garage, you can better determine how to rearrange and adjust the layout to best use your space.
Now that you’ve figured out where you want everything to go, it’s time to start putting things back. Don’t just put items together by the location they belong, go the next step and sort them even more. For instance, you can put rakes, brooms, and shovels together as they all have a similar shape. That way, when you’re looking for one of them you know where they all can be found.
Use vertical and ceiling space
One advantage of the garage is that you can use many more surfaces for storage. Don’t forget to use walls, high shelves, and upper spaces near the ceiling to maximize the effectiveness of your garage. This is where Closet & Storage Solutions of North Carolina can step in and help you! We excel in “garage makeovers” and love finding new and great ways to make sure that you get the most out of your space.