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How do I organize my garage?

Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale Offers Garage Organization Tips

While a garage is generally a place to store your vehicles, many homeowners also use it to store tools, lawn care equipment, bicycles, out-of-season patio furniture, and sports equipment. Without an organizational plan, your garage can quickly become an overloaded, untidy mess. Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale has tips to help you transform your garage into a usable, efficient storage space. Read this article on My Suburban Life for our advice on organizing. 

Organizing pros say only about 30% of us keep our cars in the garage. Why? Too much stuff. The garage is often a neglected, messy space. But with a little organization and a few DIY projects, you can turn your garage into a clean, neat and organized space.

Now is the time to get your garage in tip-top shape! If rolling up your sleeves and tackling this project seems daunting, here are some tips to get you started: 

  • Sort
    • Make four piles
      • Keep
      • Donate
      • Sell 
      • Toss

  • Categorize
    • Group like items together so they're easy to find. Typical categories include recycling, sports and recreational equipment, camping gear, automotive, seasonal decor, garden gear and tools. Store items you use together such as gardening tools and lawn chemicals close together.

  • Climbing the Walls
    • Turn part of most of your wall into storage space to hold everything from tools to your garden hose and ladder. Do it yourself with shelf brackets and an eight-foot-long board for shelving or purchase wall shelving. Install racks for shovels, rakes, and brooms. Use pegboard, which can be cut to size and painted to customize the look. 
    • If you purchase ready-made shelving units or cabinets, make sure they're raised on legs so that you can clean the floor beneath them easily.

  • Wall Mounted Workbench
    • For the occasional DIYer, a wall-mount, fold-down workbench offers a sturdy surface and tucks out of the way when not in use. 

  • Up, Up & Away
    • Make good use of your garage space and get things off the floor by installing industrial racks from ceiling joints or purchasing a ceiling storage system. This is a great way to store seldom-used holiday decorations and other seasonal items. You can also hang bikes, kayaks and golf clubs to free up more floor space. 

  • Repurpose
    • The little compartments in a hanging shoe rack are perfect for the garage. Garden shoes, gloves, cords and other miscellaneous items will now have a home. Spray paint an old file cabinet and turn into storage space for garden tools and other supplies. 

  • No Cardboard Boxes
    • Don't store your belongings in cardboard boxes. The contents will be vulnerable to insects and pests that can damage them. Instead, choose waterproof, pest-proof plastic bins.

  • Mud Room
    • Turn a corner of your garage into a mud room near the entry. Hang coats, backpacks, and umbrellas and store muddy or snowy boots. Baskets can hold hats and scarves. Add a bench or cubbies. 

  • Epoxy the Floor
    • The dingy slab of concrete will look even drabber once you've cleaned up! An epoxy floor coating is an easy to clean and attractive finish that is tough, durable, and chemical and stain resistant. Oil, brake fluids, anti-freeze and gasoline can easily be wiped up!

Need more help or advice? Call us today! 

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