Help—I can’t fit the car inside the garage! If you’re guilty of parking your vehicle outside because toys, tools or sports gear are hogging all the room inside your garage, enough is enough! It’s time to reclaim that space once and for all.
Keeping the garage organized isn’t as challenging as one might think. With a little creativity and some smart storage solutions, you’ll be well on your way to transforming your garage into a space that’s clean, organized, and presentable. And yes—you’ll even be able to park your car in it.
Here are some tips and tricks you can use:
Before you begin, take everything out.
We mean everything. It’s only natural to want to use your garage to store every possible bit of clutter—it is a big, open space after all–but if you’re looking to transform this space and not only be able to park your car but also be able to easily find tools and sporting equipment, then first things first…you need to get rid of the junk.
Open your garage and begin taking out items nearest to the door. Sort each item as you remove it. We recommend creating three separate piles: what to keep, donate, and throw away (preferably by recycling). You want to make sure that every item ‘earns’ a space back inside the garage. When you find yourself questioning a particular item, ask yourself the following:
- Would someone else appreciate this item more than me, if I donated it?
- Do I really need to keep this item?
- How often do I use it, and when was the last time?
Develop a game plan.
Doesn’t it feel great to work with a clean slate? But hold on…don’t put everything back inside just yet! Sketch your desired storage solutions on a piece of graph paper; you want to essentially create a ‘dream’ floor plan for your garage based on your wants and needs. It’s important to be realistic and give everything a proper place. To do this, we recommend grouping all of your belongings into categories and dividing the garage into zones. For example, keep all of your garden tools within one area of the garage, sports equipment in another, and so on.
We’ve saved the most important step for last. Take advantage of the vertical space and the overhead storage in your garage. These areas are often overlooked and can be used to make every square foot count.
Here are some of our favorite solutions:
- Hooks and pegs
- Slender shelving
- Wall cabinets
- Wooden beams (used for overhead and ceiling storage)
- Wall units
Whether you have a large garage or a small one, these are all great options to help utilize the limited space inside your garage and to get your car back inside where it belongs.
How do you keep your garage organized and ensure that everything stays off the floor? We would love to hear your ideas!
Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.