Homeowner Tip – Garage Organization

Homeowner Tip – Garage Organization

The parties are over and the decorations are put away. It’s a great time to think about putting your house back in order. Don’t forget to organize the garage too!

Jazz it up! Scour the floor and add a bold paint color to make the space dazzle! Just because it is the garage doesn’t mean it necessarily must look like one (after all, it’s also the way most people enter your home).

Decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away. When in doubt, donate or toss it!

Take a trip to the local hardware store to see the different storage solutions available. Or, look online to find ideas!

Draw up a plan. Sometimes looking at the space like a blank canvas will help give you a fresh perspective on how to organize. Determine how much room you will need for your cars and then mark zones for storing your things.

Group like items together so they’re easy to find – gardening supplies, sports equipment, household tools and hardware, automotive tools and supplies, paints and combustibles, garbage and recycling…you get the idea!

Use as much vertical and ceiling space as possible. Get stuff off the floor! Mount your bikes on the wall or from the ceiling to free up space on the floor. When storing infrequently used items, use plastic bins so you can easily see what’s inside and keep everything dust-free.

Attach painted pegboard to wall studs, then equip with hooks for hanging often-used tools or sporting equipment. Tall cabinets with adjustable shelves and drawers keep hobby and recreational items out of sight until needed. Use chalkboard paint on cabinet surfaces…chalk labels will help the whole family know where to put things away (one can always hope!).

Cut PVC pipe to use as a way to prop up gardening tools. Or, if your budget allows, purchase a slatted wall panel.

Place your trash and recycling bins within easy reach from the house. Keep a clear path to the outside so you can easily move them to the curb. Trust me, no one wants to look at your trash bins outside every day—make room in your garage!

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