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If your house is bursting at the seams or running low on storage space, the solution may be in your garage. To make the most of the space, however, it first needs to get a grip on its current mess.
Fortunately, this is a relatively simple task if you combine some good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little bit of effort, you can transform your garage from a cluttered collection into an efficient, well-organized home accessory.
Divide and conquer
First: get rid of anything you no longer use. After you’ve sifted through the contents of your garage, sort everything. Put garden tools with garden tools and sports equipment with sports equipment. Items used together should be stored together.
Where possible, place similar items in a transparent plastic container with a lid. Using opaque containers is fine, just make sure each container is labeled. Stackable containers are especially handy. They keep your items clean, prevent insects and rodents, increase available floor space and reduce visual clutter.
Where is what?
Efficient use of space depends in part on locating stored items in a thoughtful, strategic way. Are there certain things you need on a regular basis, like cleaning supplies? If so, place them near a door so you can use them quickly and easily. Keep little-used or seasonal items, such as sleds and skis, out of reach.
Take it off the wall
The key to garage storage and organizing is lifting things off the floor. Utilizing wall space allows you to accommodate the most garage space while keeping everything visible and easily accessible. The type of wall storage you choose depends on your storage needs, project budget, and personal preferences. Many homeowners choose one or a combination of the following for storage backup:
Pegboard. Nail boards are a generational favorite, cheap and easy to install. Because it can be fitted with a range of compatible hooks, clips, boxes and shelves, the pegboard can be used to store and organize almost anything, as long as the thing to store is not particularly heavy.
Open shelves. Whether it’s a wall-mounted track system or a set of stand-alone units, open shelves are affordable, versatile and user-friendly, and they keep everything at a glance. Also, depending on their structure, shelves 12 or 16 inches deep are usually able to hold heavier items.
Closed cabinets. If you plan to park your car in a garage, a cabinet with a door may be the ideal choice, as enclosed lockers mean you don’t have to touch paint cans and garbage bags every time you leave or come home. Cabinets come in a myriad of materials and styles, but in general, they’re more expensive than other solutions. And because they can’t hold very large items, chests are most effective when used in combination with another storage system.
Panelized systems. Here, the entire wall is covered with specially designed panels that can accommodate any number of supporting accessories such as hooks and shelves. Unlike nail boards, panel systems can handle heavier items. But this advantage and utility comes at a cost, especially as some patented products must be installed by licensed professionals.
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For certain items that are not often used, the ceiling provides ideal out-of-the-way storage space. Ladders and seasonal appliances can be placed here, secured to the ceiling joists with clips or straps. Or you can take advantage of the lift pulley system, which cleverly works like a rope on a shutter. However, keep in mind that the ceiling pantry must be oriented so that it does not interfere with the operation of the garage door.
When you tidy your garage, remember that safety is important. It’s not safe to store gasoline and propane in a garage; A spark can lead to tragedy.
Similarly, if you have children or pets, you should store hazardous materials like fertilizers and pesticides out of reach. Locked cabinets are a great way to deal with these toxins and a good place to store power tools and sharp tools.
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