7 Garage Organization Ideas
2011-02-05 Interior Design Ideas
If you are like most people, Garage Organization is somewhere on your “to do” list and doesn’t rank very high on that list, either. No one likes to give up their weekend or free time to organize the garage. However, with a little bit of creativity, and the use of a few strategically placed gadgets, you can achieve a Feng Shui Interior Design experience right where you park your car!
No longer simply a means to store your vehicles and outdoor equipment, the garage has (now-a-days) become an extension of your home; and like your home, there are many creative ways you can tackle the clutter and create a space that is organized, stress free, and actually enjoyable to be in.
DIY Garage Organization
DIY (do it yourself) projects for organizing your garage are becoming increasingly popular due to the easy access we have to home improvement stores. With a few simple items in your cart, a little commitment, and a few hours to spare, you can well be on your way to an organized, de-cluttered garage that will cause you to leave the garage door open for all your neighbors to admire.
However, for those of you who can’t seem to actually get those purchased storage items out of your truck and into the garage, you can always enlist the help of a professional Garage Organizer to take that responsibility off your shoulders.
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Simple Essentials for Garage Organization
- Rubber Totes: A must have in any garage, no matter what system you incorporate for storage. Use them to stash everything from tools, to Christmas paper, to overstocked household supplies. Employ a labeling system to mark the outside of the totes accordingly for easy identification. Totes are easily stacked and perfect for keeping out moisture, dirt and other elements.
- Shelving: Visit your local hardware store and you’ll be overwhelmed with shelving solutions. Free standing units are the easiest and most popular method of organizing the totes and other individual items such as gardening supplies, hardware and tools.
- Pegboard: An easy organizing solution to securely hang items up – instead of leaving them on the floor. Simply secure the pegboard to your wall and use peg hooks, baskets and bins to organize everything from your kid’s bicycles to nuts, bolts, tools, rakes, shovels, ladders, and all that’s in between.
- Plywood: Using a sheet of plywood accomplishes basically the same thing as pegboard, except you don’t have to use specialty hardware – any type of hooks or screws will work. Using plywood to adhere the hardware to will also save your drywall from being damaged.
Taking Garage Organization One Step Further
- Cabinets: Installing ready built cabinets not only contains the clutter, but it hides it beautifully as well. Once again, these are easily purchased from your hardware store, or have them custom build to your specifications.
- Professional Storage Systems: More than shelving alone, a professional storage system will consist of everything you need to get the most out of your wall space, including; brackets, baskets, shelves, hooks, and maybe more importantly; a plan to put it all together. Many different variations are available depending on your particular needs and garage size.
- Lighting: Probably not something you would have considered when first deciding to organize the garage, but definitely worth looking into. If you think about it, one of the main reasons you might have clutter and disorganization is simply because you can’t navigate in the dim light that is generally installed in garages. Strategically placed track lighting will make it much easier to put things where they belong, as well as allowing you to easily find that rubber tote marked “Christmas decorations”.
Organize Your Ideas with Pen and Paper
No matter which option – or combination of options – you choose when implementing your organizing ideas, you should always start with the same set of tools: pen and paper. Sketching out your ideas beforehand should always come first so as to help you avoid making mistakes, which could lead to huge holes in your walls, or having to move heavy shelving units – or worse yet; wasted time. Taking ten minutes to sketch out your plan of action will save you many headaches down the road and make the project a breeze to complete.
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