If you’ve ever come home from a long day at work, only to realize that you’re garage is too cluttered for you to pull in, it might be time to consider giving yourself a garage makeover. Don’t be intimidated at the prospect though! You have Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada on your side in the fight against the clutter. With these expert tips, you can make sure that your garage is clean and organized, as well as likely to stay that way.
Don’t Need it? Get Rid of It
One of the first, and best ways to get an organized garage is to cut out the clutter. Getting rid of items you don’t need is never fun, and we’ve all been in the packrat mindset that one day this item will be useful, so we should hang onto it. But it’s important to be discerning with your stuff, and occasionally take a tip from the minimalists. The first items to go should be things that are broken, outdated, or unusable. If you have tools you never use but can’t bear to part with, store them out of sight so that only the most frequently used items are immediately available on hand. If you’re up to it, take a whole weekend and go through every item in your garage, sorting things into piles labeled Keep, Donate, Sell, and Toss. This one-time project will help you to eliminate space hogs like old toys that are no longer used, expired chemicals, and other useless items, while giving you the potential to uncover things you thought you might have lost. For the items that can’t be sold or donated, use a hauler or trash service to cart it out.
Cabinets, Shelves, and Stackables
The key to a well-organized garage is proper storage solutions. Good shelves are the skeletons of proper storage. Wall shelves or rolling shelves can hold all the items that could create clutter. Open wire shelving is a great and inexpensive option for garages. They’ll provide easy access for the things that you use regularly and provide a good way to visually scan your items. Cabinets are an excellent option for more delicate or less frequently used items on the other hand. Having doors that can be closed is a great benefit when storing things that can be toxic, like paint or chemicals. Always make sure to organize your shelves and cabinets, so that everything has a dedicated home. Keep one shelf devoted to car parts, for instance, while another can hold more household items like light bulbs and batteries. The perfect accompaniment to your open shelving is clear plastic stackable containers. These make excellent storage containers for everything from holiday supplies to tools, and going with the see-through variety will make it easy to know where everything is.
Love Your Labels
Labeling your items is a true no brainer when it comes to having a neat and tidy garage. Invest in a label maker so that you won’t have to decipher sloppy and faded handwriting on peeling tape when you go to dig out your beach clothes next summer. Having a way to visually scan all those stackables and shelves we mentioned, and then instantly know where to find what you’re looking for, is a huge relief for those in a hurry. When you actually do have a fiasco that requires tools, you want to know exactly where they are.
With these tips in hand you’ll be well on your way to having the garage of your dreams. For more storage and organization information, contact Closet and Storage Concepts of Las Vegas, Nevada today!