Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time for some good old fashioned Spring Cleaning! One area of the house often gets ignored when it’s cleaning time — the garage. Most of the time we focus on the parts of the house where we might be entertaining guests, but there are some ways that you can take your garage from an eyesore to a hotspot. At Floor Coatings USA, we specialize in flooring options for your garage that gives it a beautiful look, while also being incredibly practical and functional. We want to help make your garage something you’re proud of, so we’ve put together six tips for a more organized garage. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Maximize Vertical and Ceiling Space
If you are planning on using your garage as a place to keep your car, this is incredibly important. Adding some hooks on the walls and overhead storage allows you to get all of your yard work and home maintenance supplies off the ground and out of the way, leaving plenty of room for your car without the danger of something tipping over onto it. There are specific systems for hanging bikes from the ceiling that are worth investing in if you’re tired of tripping over ten-speeds. This also leaves the garage clear of clutter in case you do want to start entertaining friends and family this summer. When you do this, it will also help you keep track of where tools and equipment are when you need them, so you don’t have to waste a bunch of time digging through piles of clutter looking for your rake or hedge shears.
Take Everything Out
In order to make the most out of your organization efforts, it’s a good idea to pull everything out of your garage. This will give you an idea of what open space you have to work with, how much you need to account for when choosing storage options, and show you what you could get rid of at a garage sale to free up some more room. When you have a clean slate to work off, you’ll be able to determine which areas should be designated for specific activities and items.
Four Piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, and Recycle
When you have everything pulled out of the garage, separate it all into four separate piles — what to keep, sell, donate, and recycle. This will give you a chance to reduce how much you actually have in your garage, as well as how much you’ll have to plan space for. The sell vs. donate piles will largely be up to your own interpretation regarding if you think you could get some money back for it or if it’s not worth selling but could still be of use to someone. Just make sure any items that you end up donating can still be safely used by another person getting it from the thrift store. When getting rid of the clutter that can’t be used, do what you can to recycle as much of it as possible. Paint, chemicals, and other hazardous materials can be recycled by a junk removal company.
Group Similar Items Together
Now that you’re down to the items that will call your garage home, put items that are similar together for easy access. When you have yard equipment, tools, sports equipment, and car maintenance items organized together, you’re much more likely to find what you’re looking for when you need it. This can also cut out those calls from the kids asking where to find the rake when you need them to take care of the leaves. While wire racks can help keep everything off the floor, many people have found they don’t keep it organized as well, with most items just getting tossed on a shelf when they aren’t in use. Instead, people have seen more success with cabinets and other storage that can be closed.
You can also take this opportunity to find a spot for items you don’t want to keep inside the house, like toilet paper, dog food, and cleaning supplies. Tired of muddy shoes making a mess in your house? A shoe rack keeps them out in the garage and saves your kitchen floors on those rainy days. Put it together with a coat rack and you have an easy place to keep all the important items for venturing out into the world.
Divide the Garage Based on Purpose
Depending on the size of your garage, you might just be using it to keep your cars sheltered, or you might have plans for a studio or workshop to share the space. If you are planning on using part of the garage for something special like that, divide the garage up based on how much room each activity will require. This will help you determine where related items will go, along with the storage they will need. Some boxes under a workbench or a tool chest would naturally work best in the area where you’re going to use those items, so it would be silly to put it on the other side of the garage.
The biggest downfall of any organization project is when things are given a nebulous grouping. Not only will this cause confusion when you’re looking for something, it makes it impossible for things to be put back in their intended place. Whether you’re printing up labels with a label maker or you’re writing them out on pieces of tape, keeping everything clearly labeled will ensure everything goes where it needs to and is easy to find when you need it. That means every drawer of screws, tools, bins full of sporting equipment, and stuff to clean the bathroom has a label. Sure it might be tedious, but you’ll be glad you did it.
A clean garage can be quite the sight to behold and will be the envy of your friends and neighbors. Show them how it’s done when you clear out the clutter, find good places to keep everything, and give it all labels so nothing gets lost. When you want to really breathe new life into your garage while gaining functionality, Floor Coatings USA can help with all of your garage floor coating needs. Call us today to learn more about beautifying your garage!