Moving to a new home means a fresh new start. Perhaps you’re thinking of adding a pop of color to a bland painted wall or a new set of dining cutlery. Better yet, it’s your time to start off with a clean slate in organizing the garage – the one place frequently forgotten. Time and again, the garage has become a haven of forgotten items. For many, it’s not the most exciting room in the house but it can use a little work to have it functioning as a storage space as well.
Here are a few tips to help you organize your garage space:
Setting rules for the garage space helps in the long run. If need be, put it down in writing and plaster it on the garage wall so you and everyone else in the home will remember. A rule that you can put on there is to “think before you store.” Consider disposing of the item before storing it in the garage. If it’s something you haven’t used in years, donate it to goodwill or throw it away if it’s in poor condition. If you have a ton of memorabilia that’s sitting in boxes – it’s a good idea to hang it on your garage walls or sparingly in the house. It’ll also be a good conversation starter when you have friends and family over.
Let’s back up a bit to the a, b, c’s of a garage – it’s main function is to store your vehicle, right? Now that we’ve established that, the best way to set aside that space is to use reflective tape on the floor to mark the corners where the vehicle is to be parked. For families with young children, this is a good reminder so the kids know where not to leave their bikes or scooters.
Designate a space for particular items to store. Begin by using flexible shelves since they can be easily reassembled and adjusted. This is a good organizational tool since you can save space by stacking items up high. You can use a pegboard to hang tools that are frequently being used. Use over head racks for bicycles or canoes that are seasonally used.
Remember to always stick to your guidelines that you’ve set up so to maintain the organization of the space. Another neat trick is going through your garage during your weekly cleaning to make sure everything is in order and to stay clear from mayhem.