The main purpose of a garage is to provide additional space and storage for your home. However, many times the garage becomes a dumping ground for bikes, toys, camping equipment, decorations, and other odds and ends. Make your garage space work for you by taking advantage of that empty ceiling and adding overhead garage storage!

Place your garage items into three categories: daily use, seasonal, and limited storage. Daily use items will include coats and shoes that can be contained with a coat rack or show bucket. Seasonal items will include holiday decorations, camping gear and patio furniture. These items will need to be accessible throughout the year and must be easy to reach. Limited storage items will include children's toys, paint or other household items that need to be stored with limited accessibility.

An overhead garage storage system is a great way to store your items. You can build your own simple ceiling storage system or buy a product made specifically for your needs. Individual ceiling-mounted units are available in assorted sizes and weight capacities and will hang from the rafters or the ceiling joists. Since the distance between the ceiling and an open garage door varies from one garage to the next most systems have an adjustable height.

Here are a few options to help you get the most storage space from your garage:

Pulley Rafter Storage Lift

This option allows you to keep both feet on the ground and reach stored items in a matter of minutes. Made of heavy-duty steel it secures to ceilings up to 12' tall. The large 4'x4' platform safely holds up to 250 pounds and includes a hand crank to lower the storage loft down to 8' below the ceiling.

Metal Frame System

This ceiling storage option comes in a variety of sizes up to 4 x 8 feet and can hold up to 500 pounds. These are a great option for heavy items that need industrial strength.

Grid Storage System

This is a coated metal storage unit that has a grid-like platform. One rack can hold up to 250 pounds and can be hung up to 28 inches below the ceiling height. These are a great option for storage above a cars and multiple units can be connected for additional storage space.

Note: Plastic bins are a great alternative to boxes when storing items in a garage. Plastic bins are water-resistant and can be labeled so you will always remember what is in each bin.

Bike Storage Rack

A ceiling mount bicycle rack can hold mountain bikes, sport bikes, adult bikes, children's bikes, and more with a maximum load of 50 pounds. They are usually easy to install and make bikes easy to reach for daily use.

All of these above options can make an excellent DIY weekend project if you have the construction skills and time. If not don't worry, your professional handyman can tackle the job in no time. Garage projects such as these are just another way Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service now online.