If your garage is a dumping ground for stacks of boxes that could hold anything and the land of lost tools, then it’s time to get sorted. Here’s 5 ways to organise your garage.
1. Clear it out
Systematically go through your garage, clearing out as you go. Sort it into three categories: what you want to keep, what you don’t and what should be thrown out. While you’re sorting, group the items you want to keep - objects such as camping gear or tools, for example and the stuff you don’t want to keep that have value, so that you can hold a garage sale or put them on a trading website like Gumtree. Your third pile is the junk pile, destined for the rubbish bin.
2. Pack and Label
Pack the objects you want to keep into boxes, labeling as you go. Plastic tubs with lids are a great storage option over plain cardboard boxes. They keep the content of the boxes dry and free of dust. The boxes also come in a range of sizes to match what you have to store. That way, you don’t end up with a lot of dead space using a box that is a bigger than it needs to be. They also stack easily, maximising precious shelf space.
3. Shelve it
There is a huge range of shelving options for your garage. Freestanding units are easily assembled and come in light or heavy-duty options. Wall mounted shelving is great if you have high ceilings or an awkward space to fill. If you’re handy, you can even whip up your own set of shelves, using a few lengths of timber and some plywood. When you’re filling the shelves, put the heaviest items at about waist height, where they are easiest to lift in and out. Light objects should go up on higher shelves.
4. Hang it
Don’t underestimate the power of hanging things! A pegboard keeps your tools neat and tidy and within easy reach, ready for the next time they’re needed. Hooks are great for everything from garden tools to bikes. Don’t forget to use the space above your head. You can build simple racks hanging from the ceiling to store lengths of timber out of the way.
5. Keep it under lock and key
Dangerous chemicals, fuel for your garden equipment, sprays and any sharp implements should be kept in a locked cupboard to prevent any kids from getting into them.