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10 Ways To Organize Your Garage
For many homeowners, the garage is the LEAST organized space in a home. Why is that? Too overwhelming? Don't know where to begin? Scared of what you might find? Those are all legit reasons, but once the job is done, you'll ask yourself why you didn't do it sooner.
Here are 10 practical solutions to consider as you attempt to get that garage in order. Now I'm not saying you have to be an overachiever and implement all 10, but consider what you could realistically do and...JUST DO IT!
Consider Your Car
This is the first thing you need to decide: Does the car live in the garage? The answer to this will totally change how the garage gets organized. A big part of the decision depends on where you live. Own a house in Southern California? Your car is probably fine on the street. Live in Bozeman, where it snows all the time, or Dallas, where hail can ruin everything? In that case, you’ll need to squeeze your car in with your gear. I live in Colorado, where many HOA's or communities won't allow it, or we can have such drastic weather changes all in one day that we are better off to have the car protected as much as possible.
Invest in Shelving
Every available inch of wall in a garage could have shelves, which would maximize the space. Gorilla Racks, are very popular because they’re relatively affordable, easy to assemble, stable, and hold a ton of weight. Don't be afraid to load them down with coolers, car camping stoves, and other bulky items. If you’re on a budget, check out these affordable plastic shelves that snap together in five minutes and are great for lightweight bins.
Use Your Vertical Space
The ceiling in your garage is valuable square footage. You could be really aggressive and get Racor PHL-1R Ceiling Storage Lift, which can store tires or outdoor seasonal furniture. If you have a pitched or otherwise high ceiling, you might also consider it for hanging bikes, surfboards, kayaks, and other bulky items that are hard to store on a wall or the floor.
Don’t Be Afraid to Wrench
This tip relates to the one above. Installing a rooftop tent holder or hooks for your bikes involves turning screws. Thankfully, the stakes are usually lower in your garage than they are in your living room. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, redrill, reposition, repeat.
Keep Everything Accessible
By accessible, I mean you should be able to get at your gear without effort. Don’t store your gear two or three layers deep. You shouldn’t have to move one bin to get to the next. If you have a car in the garage, make sure you don’t have to pull the car out to reach your most frequently used gear.
Bins, Bins, Bins
Bins are a key part of organization, and they’re so important that they get a heading unto themselves. All the bins could be filled with various parts that go with all your gear. For example, all camping cooking gear goes in one bin. 18-gallon bins can hold a lot of gear but aren’t so big that they’ll topple over when you try to get one off the top shelf. When possible, use clear bins so you can see inside. Even with clear bins, you may want to consider labeling. Slap on a piece of duct tape and write the contents so there’s never any guessing. The Sterilite 18-gallon bins, is a proven winner.
Plan for the Seasons
If you have a small garage or a garage with a car inside, make your seasonal gear the most accessible. It’s okay to have your skis in a hard-to-reach spot in July, but your bike, helmet, and pump should be at the ready. Vice versa in December.
Build a Drying Station
Again, living in Colorado, there is plenty of exposure to water (rain, hail or snow). We need to be careful about drying gear like jackets and skins so they don’t get ruined. A dedicated drying station in a garage could be helpful, because it’s easily accessible and prevents you from forgetting about you gear on the outdoor clothesline. No need to get fancy. Just string up a section of paracord along one wall to drape things over.
Create a Donations Bin
Some gear eventually needs to get passed on. Instead of letting it clutter your garage, organize it into one bin. When it’s time to pass the gear on to friends, Goodwill, or your local charity, everything is in one spot and easy to transport.
Keep Your Garage Clean and Welcoming
By this I mean sweep the floors, get rid of spiderwebs, and maybe add some extra lighting. All these things will keep your garage feeling like an organized space and help you cut down on the clutter.
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