It’s easy to keep your home tidy because you have no other choice. If you don’t clean up each room on a regular basis it will look like a bomb exploded in the middle of the floor. It’s unfortunate that this doesn’t seem to apply to your garage. I bet you’re scared to go in because of how messy it is. I’m going to show you how to become an organizational ninja so your garage not only looks great, but it also becomes a lot more practical.
Put your thinking cap on
Don’t rush into anything too quickly because you need to decide what you’re going to do. You should know what your garage is primarily going to be used for because it can help you figure out how to set it up. If you’re going to keep your car outside you will obviously have much more leeway in what you do. Try to visualize what your new garage will look like, but there is something you need to do first.
Start with a clean slate
It’s hard to visualize what the garage will look like when it’s full, so if possible you should take everything out. It’s much easier to start with a clean slate as long as it’s safe to do so. Once everything is lying on the street you should get a piece of paper and draw up a rough plan of what the garage will look like. There are a few things you need to take into consideration and we’ll look at them now.
Keep everything batched together
You will save yourself a lot of hassle if you keep things batched together. Don’t have any gardening tools mixed in with your laundry equipment. That’s just one example of why certain things need to have their own area. It’s much easier to give everything its own special home while the garage is empty and you’re mapping out the plan.
Make sure everything is safe
Things must be kept safe too, or you might walk in one day to find your possessions ruined. If your garage is prone to flooding you won’t be able to keep anything on the floor unless you don’t mind it getting wet. Make sure you keep all the dirty things away from the laundry area because you might end up ruining your clothes.
Say goodbye to your crap
Before you start putting anything back in you should really think about what you need. Do you think it would be possible to get rid of 50% of your crap? I’m sure you could get rid of a few things because you will never use them again. Think about how much room you will save, and think about how that will make your garage look 10X better.
Create special storage areas
If you don’t have a lot of storage space inside your garage there are a few easy ways to create space out of thin air. You could fit rails to the ceiling and it would let you hang boxes from them. You could also hang hooks from the ceiling that bikes could dangle from. Don’t forget to take advantage of any wall space by hanging secure shelves.
Don’t lose anything ever again
The last thing we’re going to look at is going to save you hours of searching for something in the future. People throw things into their garage and they wrongly assume they will remember where they put them. You’ve probably realized by now that hell will freeze over before you ever remember where you put something. Make sure you label all your boxes and you will be able to find anything very quickly.
Today’s featured writer, works for Designer Garage Doors, a leading manufacturer of garage doors in Perth. An avid blogger at heart, he believes garages can be kept just as tidy as the home with the help of a little bit of planning and organization. (349)