The longer you live in your home the more likely it is that you and your family are going to collect a variety of different belongings, and if you are like many homeowners finding somewhere to store them is one of your biggest challenges. If you own a home with a garage, you are sitting on a hidden gold mine even if you don’t realize it. Your garage ceiling is an excellent place to keep items stored and is considered by many a fifth wall. For many years the garage was used solely as a place to park vehicles. Today with a little bit of ingenuity, your garage can be used to store supplies, gym equipment, bicycles and a number of other items. Yet, one of the biggest obstacles homeowners face is understanding the best way to store these items for easy access when they need them.
Garage Decluttering; How to Organize a Messy Garage
If you are like many homeowners, you garage has probably become a catch all for all manner of odds and ends. At first glance, organizing your garage can appear to be quite an undertaking but it doesn’t have to be if you follow these three simple tips.
1. Clean it all out: set aside some time to declutter your garage. Take a good look at all of the items and sort them into four piles and don’t forget to label them: Keep, donate, sell, and throw away. Take this strategy one step further and organize your “keep” pile into labeled sections for example sports, camping, workout, hobbies etc.
2. Plan your space: Take a good look at your space and formulate a plan for storing your items. Begin by taking measurements and drawing a floor plan. Your plan should include a place to store little used items towards the back or up high and a space at the front for easier access to items that are used on a regular basis.
3. Invest in garage storage: To keep your garage properly organized you will need to plan to keep items off of the floor, for example, installing shelving, hooks, overhead storage, and storage bins to keep your items properly organized and safe from the risk of being damaged or broken.
Genius Garage Storage Ideas
Once you have the area clean and tidy, you are ready to begin researching garage storage options. Don’t forget about your ceiling, it’s the perfect place to store large flat items like ladders and bicycles. You can also hang shelves to store seasonal items like camping supplies. When adding hanging shelves from the ceiling, make sure that your garage door has room to open properly.
Install wooden or wire type shelves and peg board instead of cabinets. Open shelving will allow you to clearly see all of the items for easy access and is a great solution for long term storage. Pegboard is the perfect solution for belongings that are used frequently especially hand tools and gardening items. Keep similar items together so you can find belongings quickly when needed.
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