Keep Your Garage Free of Clutter With These Storage Tips

Whether you live alone or in a family of five, your garage is most likely to be the messiest and disorganized part of your home. A garage is a place for workshopping, exercising, or creating, but for most families, it is a place of storage. From old clothes to power tools and bicycles, most garages are littered with a variety of items. If you’re looking to revamp your garage and give yourself some peace of mind, working on your storage is a good start.

Cleaning out the garage can be tough, but armed with the right tips and tricks, anything is possible. Whether you’re looking to deep clean, re-organize, or declutter, here are some tips and tricks to improve your garage storage. Follow these simple tips, step by step, and watch as your garage changes before your eyes!

Dispose of unwanted clutter

The best way to start tackling a cluttered garage is to start sorting out its contents and get rid of what you don’t need. An easy way to do this is to organize the miscellaneous items in your garage into three piles; keep, donate, and throw away. This may take a day or two, depending on the amount of clutter, but it goes a long way to cleaning up your garage. Once you’ve separated your clutter, you can work on organizing and storing a third, while getting rid of and donating the rest. Improving your garage storage starts with getting rid of what you don’t need anymore.

Plan out your storage

Before you can start improving your storage space, it might be a good idea to plan out a few things first. Having a plan of your garage layout can help you see and use the space better. You can allocate space for different items depending on how frequently they’re used, what they’re used for, or how big they are. Keep bulky items like in corners, so that they don’t get in the way or hurt someone. Keep smaller items in boxes, shelves, or drawers so that they’re easy to find and don’t get lost. Planning ahead saves you a lot of time and energy when it comes to decluttering your garage. 

Keep items off the ground

A garage with a cluttered floor is an accident waiting to happen and a disorganized safety hazard. A great way to store your items better and to make your garage safer is to keep your items off the ground, which can be done in a few ways. Depending on your preference, hooks, and overhead storage units are the most popular. Whether you’re in need of overhead garage storage or some simple shelves, be sure to do some research into what fits best for your space. Keeping things off the ground is a great way to reduce clutter and make your garage safer and easier to clean.

Use your wall space

Apart from storing things above your head, you can store things at eye level in the garage, by using your walls. Every garage has a limited amount of wall space, so it’s important to not go overboard and to use it wisely. There are plenty of ways to hang and store things on your garage walls, so you can get quite creative. Use shelves, hooks, baskets, grids, or even wheelbarrows hammered into your walls! Depending on the kinds of items you have lying around, there are plenty of ways to keep them on the walls and off the floors.

Store items in boxes

Using boxes to store your garage items may seem counter-intuitive, but if done right, can vastly improve your garage storage. If you’re able to organize your items into boxes, you can protect them from the elements, keep them out of sight, and find them easier. There are plenty of different storage mediums to use from boxes made of plastic, wood, or metal, to glass jars and wired baskets. 

Choosing the right container is important so make sure to think long and hard about which ones to use. Each storing medium has its own pros and cons depending on the item in question, so don’t be afraid to compromise. If you’re going to be using boxes, make sure they’re sturdy, stackable, and labeled properly. Remember to keep things in their places and to label, to find them easier in your boxes. 

Regularly clean your garage

Decluttering and re-organizing your garage is harder to do if your garage is messy and unclean. The fine dust that accumulates in closed spaces like garages is not only a health hazard but makes decluttering harder. If you want to make better use of the space and be able to organize easier, make a habit of keeping your garage clean. Set aside a day or the week or month, depending on the size and state of your garage, and get to cleaning. A clean garage is better for your health and mood, and remember, cleaning regularly is easier to do than a full-scale garage deep clean.

Have good lighting

Whether you’re planning on sorting, organizing, or cleaning out your garage, you need to make sure it’s well lit. Decluttering and finding your items in any garage is hard enough, especially when there’s no light. Having a well-lit garage makes things less dark and gloomy, and makes it easier to clean out and organize. Natural light is good during the day, but it’s important to have enough light at night too. Upgrade your garage lighting and electrical systems to add value to your home and make working in your garage easier.

So there you have it! Decluttering your garage takes a lot of hard work, but you can improve the storage of any garage with the right tips and tricks. Start off your decluttering journey by throwing out what you don’t need, and by planning out your space. A little planning beforehand makes the world of a difference when tackling your garage storage. 

Keep your garage floor clutter-free by storing things off the ground on the walls and ceiling. Experiment with boxes for your items and label them to keep them safe and to find them easier. Don’t forget to keep your garage clean and well-lit to make organizing easier! Follow these tips and you’re on your way to having the most organized garage space ever!

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