The garage is one of the most difficult spaces in the home to organise, as it’s often used as a storage room for everything. Some homeowners leave a space to park the car, but for people who don’t have a car, the garage tends to be the place where everything that doesn’t have a home is stored, and this can often end up to things being in massive disarray. Things like Christmas, Halloween, and birthday decorations, toys, ornaments, spare furniture, souvenirs, tools, and cleaning supplies are all stored in the garage, which, if not properly organised, can result in a very messy storage room.
Helpful tips for organising your garage
It’s essential to have a good storage system for organising the things in your garage, in order to optimise the space. To avoid having a messy garage, you can make use of key items such as partitions, boxes, trays, boards, shelves and hangers. When well positioned, these can help to create and maintain order, as well as extend the useful life of the things you’re storing.
You could also consider adopting a few specific techniques, adaptable to different situations, which will give your garage that magic finishing touch. Here are a few suggestions:
- Define Spaces: The furniture you use to organise your garage can help you sort and arrange the items according to their use; you could use cupboards or open shelves, on which wooden boxes and drawers can be placed, to store as many items as necessary.
- Bike Rack: This is bolted to the ceiling and the floor, with two adjustable brackets to store bikes on. It’s a really useful item because most households have at least one or two bikes, and these usually take up a lot of space.
- Metal Buckets: These are very useful for storing small objects. Most households have a bunch of oddly-shaped toys and accessories that don’t have a home and can be difficult to store, so these buckets – with their large storage capacity and high resistance – are the perfect solution.
- Glass Jars or Pots: These are really useful for storing pins, nails, nuts, screws and washers. These are the type of small items that can easily get lost, so recyclable glass containers are an excellent option for keeping them organised and available for whenever you need to use them.
- Wood or Metal Table: This is a useful piece of furniture to have in the garage; you can use it to organise your tools with a magnetic board, either on top of the table or on the wall, perfect for things like screwdrivers, hammers or other tools. Under the table you can arrange boxes, where you can keep spare parts, books, or seasonal clothes, which are not currently in use, but will be kept in perfect condition.
- Expand the Garage: For better storage distribution and to make the most of your space, a garage loft can be a great choice; it allows you to use space higher up, without encroaching on the car parking space. You can use a folding or removable ladder to access this space. This area can be used to arrange boxes, including transparent polypropylene boxes that allow you to see the contents inside without opening them.
Knowing all the options available for organising your garage storage will allow you to identify the best choice for storing, sorting, and organising your things, while making the most of the space. It will also help you improve the aesthetics of the space, and the useful life of the things being stored, by protecting them from moisture, dirt and mess; items that are well looked after won’t deteriorate so quickly.