How To Organize Your Garage

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How To Organize Your Garage

Forgetting to close the garage door can be dangerous, when thieves and animals are on the prowl. Make your own garage door indicator light so you can see with a glance from indoors if your garage door is open. Alternatively, you can build an open an open garage alert system with an old RC car and controller or monitor your door’s status with your phone and a sensor system.

How To Organize Your Garage

My first tip for garage organization is to do it as soon as you move into your house. One of the reasons I put off organizing my garage for so long is that I felt like I didn’t have to because I didn’t have much stuff to store. But before I knew it, I had a full garage of tools and whatnot, but no place to put things. Even if you don’t have a lot of stuff in your garage when you first move in, put in shelves and racks. Sure, they might be empty for awhile, but they’ll fill up quickly with things you need to maintain your abode.

How To Organize Your Garage

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It really is hard to get motivated when you’re garage looks like a dump. The last thing I want to do is spend 20 minutes looking for the rake. Fortunately, with a few simple storage ideas and clever tips, you can keep your garage clean and organized. I’ve rounded up a few cheap, easy and downright brilliant garage organization ideas that will make your visit to the garage, well, not so overwhelming.

How To Organize Your Garage

It’s the one part of the house that my family tends to let go. We toss our dirty shoes in there, pile our yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and have about a dozen junk drawers. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to go in there! It really is hard to get motivated when you’re garage looks like a dump. The last thing I want to do is spend 20 minutes looking for the rake. Fortunately, with a few simple storage ideas and clever tips, you can keep your garage clean and organized. I’ve rounded up a few cheap, easy and downright brilliant garage organization ideas that will make your visit to the garage, well, not so overwhelming.

How To Organize Your Garage

You don’t have to spend a fortune to improve your garage workshop. A sheet metal workbench cover, PVC drawer organizers, and custom storage pieces could go a long way towards making your garage a nicer place to DIY. You can also build your own garage storage shelves for under $50 or turn an old file cabinet into a garden tools storage unit.

How To Organize Your Garage

If you’ve got room in your garage and somewhere else to park the car, consider converting that space into more than just a storage space. The photo above shows the office half of a 2-car garage. Offices set in garages can look surprisingly like a regular home office. If you don’t need office space, perhaps you’d like to turn your garage into a home gym.

How To Organize Your Garage

5. Decide which area of the garage is going to be used for what purpose. Think carefully about what you want your garage to be used for, and the best possible way that this space can be divided up.For Houzz user Mikki Lesowitz-Soliday of Sherman Oaks, Calif., the priority was to clean out her garage and transform it into a studio where her craft group and classes could meet. However, space still had to be allotted for storage and workout equipment. By dividing up the room into zones, she was able to create a setup that made sense and was still neat and organized.

How To Organize Your Garage

Until about a week ago, I’d pretty much just find an empty place on the floor in the garage and put stuff there; if I ran out of empty space on the floor, I’d start stacking items. There’s a closet in the garage where I kept a lot of stuff — luggage, sports equipment, camping gear — but whenever I needed something, I’d have to pull everything out and then shove everything back into a chaotic pile. It was annoying. The garage does have this little workshop area in the back with a workbench, but it too basically turned into my junk room.

The last step in the Organize Your Garage Challenge is to label all the boxes or other containers of stuff you’ve decided to store in there. Make sure to label all four sides of each container, as well as the top, so you can tell from any direction what is in the box.

We’re working on our homes slowly, one area at a time, so don’t get too distracted from the Organize Your Garage Challenge this week. However, I know some of you love to know what’s coming next, so I’ll tell you.

6. Label absolutely everything. Another shot from Erin’s garage shows how taking the time to label each and every drawer and shelf can make a world of difference. Tired of drawers and bins full of a hodgepodge of nails, screws, and bolts, Erin took the time to organize each individual piece by type and label accordingly. Tedious? Yes. Worth it? Yes.

Garages tend to become dumps for just about everything. Because they are big open spaces, they’re easy targets for that suitcase that won’t fit in the closet, the rollerblades your daughter doesn’t want to throw away yet, the sewing machine you need to give back to your neighbor, and anything else that doesn’t have a set place. National Clean Out Your Garage Day, the Saturday after Labor Day, is a perfect time to roll up your sleeves and dive head first into the clutter. Follow these 6 tips from Houzz users and home professionals to clean your way to a neat and organized garage. More: 5 Dream Garages

The other type of common zone for your garage is as a storage area. There is nothing wrong with storing items in your garage, and in fact it makes sense in many instances to keep items that are used outdoors at your home, or that relate to your vehicles, within this space.

One of the main concepts discussed in that article, in more detail, is how you need a systematic approach to this decluttering process. For each item in the garage use one of the six choices listed within the how to declutter your home article. Every item then must “earn” its spot back into your garage.

Garage floors need some protection, too. Install matting or rubber tiles. They extend the life of your concrete floors, and they give your garage the look of a showroom.

In the course of two weekends and with a little help from my son Gus, we were able to get my garage into tip-top shape. For those of you who have a “system” like the one I had until recently, I share what I did in the hopes that it can provide some inspiration for organizing your own garage.

A major goal for many people when organizing the garage is to be able to park a car or two in there. Every time I need to pull my car out of this space, and don’t have to defrost it or scrape off ice and snow I say a silent “thank you” for a decluttered garage. Ahhh, the luxury! 🙂

The garage is often a neglected, messy space. With a little organization and a few handy projects, though, we can get much more use out of our garages and also modernize them. Here are our top 10 garage upgrade ideas.

Gas grills often are stored in the garage, complete with their propane tanks. Propane is highly combustible, and when the propane leaks, it’s a gas. You can’t see it, but it can hover over the garage floor. One spark of static electricity or the flick of a light switch could cause an explosion. Anything with propane should be stored at least 10 feet away from the house.

Extension cords used in the garage should always be rated for outdoor use, even though technically you’re using it indoors. There is just too much chance of moisture on the floor in a garage, so don’t take any chances.

The main goal for Janet was to create a space that was clean, organized, and presentable when the garage door was open. Luckily, she has a shed and a basement where any extra-large equipment can go. This is a great solution for anyone who has a smaller garage; small storage sheds can be built and installed relatively inexpensively. “Just driving into a nice, clean space is great,” she says.

Just a Girl 4. Group like items together so they’re easy to find. For Chris Carey from Just a Girl, the garage in her Michigan home was a tricky space because it’s also the primary way that most people use to enter the home. She decided that even though it was a garage, it didn’t necessarily have to look like one. A few coats of paint, metal shelving and some cute decals for the door completely transformed the space without spending a lot of money. Chris decided to put the items that they’d mostly need for in-house use on the larger wire shelf, including drinks, paper towels and toilet paper, and other cleaning materials.

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