For many, the garage is simply a place to keep cars, bikes and lawn maintenance accoutrements. On top of that, though, it also typically becomes a place that is a catchall for anything and everything that doesn’t have a place in the house. If you’re like most people, that can easily lead to clutter and chaos in your garage space. Here are a few tips that might help you to use your garage more efficiently:
- Designated Areas: Divide your garage up into a few specific areas that can be used for specific items. You can allocate each wall for a certain purpose or even divide each wall into sections.
- Install Wall Storage: If you are handy, you can do this yourself. If not, price out the installation with some local contractors. Having one or more walls rigged with shelving and hooks can make garage organization much easier.
- Foldout Work Area: If you really want to conserve space, you could even install a work area that folds up flat against the wall, folding down into a work table when you need it.
- Yard Tool Storage: Install a hanging system specifically for yard tools so they can be kept in a single area that is easy to access. This beats having them all piled in a corner as an eye sore!
- Ceiling Storage: The ceiling, too, can be rigged to hold storage bins for rarely used items such as holiday decorations. Hanging bikes from the ceiling can also provide less clutter and more space to move around.
- Boots and Shoes: Prefer to keep shoes out of the house (especially muddy ones)? Place a shoe rack on a wall near the door to the house. You could even use old crates to create a shoe rack. Place some coat hooks and a doormat and you’ve got a miniature mudroom in the corner of the garage.