A messy garage? There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find something. As we move into summer, it’s the perfect time to makeover the garage and change it into the effective storage work space we crave.
Before you can organize your garage, you have to know what you have in it. If it’s packed full of tools, equipment, boxes and more, it can make things difficult. You don’t have the time or the money to waste on storage solutions that won’t cover exactly what you need.
Getting a storage unit is an excellent way to make this as painless as possible. You can sort your items then take your measurements. Find a secure place to store them during the organization overhaul without cluttering up your house. A storage unit also works as an excellent staging area to move things back in the way you want them while letting you work at your own pace.
Draft a Floor Plan
Now that you’ve emptied out your garage, it’s time to draft your floor plan. Most manufacturers of garage-organizing systems have free space planning apps and software, but you can just as easily use a pencil and paper or your preferred method.
Take down the garage’s dimensions. Note all windows, doors, switches, receptacles, as well as any items that are bolted to the floor. These measurements will be critical when buying what you need for your storage systems.
Does your garage need to serve multiple functions? Make sure you write that down, as well. Sketch out necessary “zones” to make storage easier.
Repaint and Refresh
If you’re going to paint, change the floor, or update anything, now is the time. Planning to tackle it later will usually end in it never getting done. While the paint is drying, you should take stock of what you have and what will go back in the garage.
Now that you have the measurements, it’s time to look through your items. You’ll want to store things together that serve a similar purpose. Gardening and lawn items, for instance, would be stored together. Start to plan where you want your things to be. Frequently used items should be stored close to the garage door.
Garage Storage Solutions
Are you going to build, or purchase shelves, use pre-manufactured storage solutions, set up pegboards for your needs, or any combination of the three?
Shelves are a great storage solution that fits most garage needs. Open shelves make it easier to see what you have, but closed shelves can leave the garage neat and tidy. Whatever you choose, make sure you’ve measured your garage before purchasing. Shelves can store equipment, bins, boxes, and more. Choose the storage solutions that meet your needs. Quick Tip: Use temporary labels on your shelves and bins until you get used to your new layout.
Adjustable shelving systems can come in a variety of different styles. The track system is the most common. It allows you to set up shelves, hooks, and more as needed. This is the most expensive option, but very effective in almost every storage application. Consider overhead storage solutions to store seasonal items and things you rarely need. Quick Tip: The track must be level and screwed into the wall studs to be effective.
Pegboards are an excellent vertical storage system that’s easy to install and cut to whatever size needed. Heavy objects can’t be stored on them, but they’re great for organizing your tools. Like the adjustable shelving systems above, you’ll have to screw the pegboard into the studs to make sure it’s sturdy. The best thing about a pegboard is its adaptability. You don’t have to know exactly what you want when you start. It can adapt over time to fit your needs. Quick Tip: Put spacers behind the pegboard to leave room for your hooks.
Tie it Together!
Now that you have it all set up and installed, it’s time to bring your items back into the garage. Remember to group like items together to make them easy to find and use. Label boxes and bins to make it easier to find things later on.
Now it’s time to enjoy your updated garage. You did great. Pat yourself on the back and spend some time in that amazing, updated garage of yours!