A thoughtful approach to garage storage makes the most of this valuable space and keeps every necessity at the ready. If your house is short on storage options, the solution may be as close as where you store your vehicle(s). To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to re-organize the chaos.
This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household.
Divide & Conquer
First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After you’ve widdled down the contents of your garage, sort everything into groups. Keep sports equipment with sports equipment, and garden tools with garden tools.
Items used together ought to be stored together.
Where possible, place like items into clear plastic containers with lids. It’s fine to use opaque bins, just be sure to label each one. Stackable containers are especially handy. They keep your belongings clean, protect against insects and rodents, increase the amount of usable floor space, and cuts down on visual clutter.
The Wall Is Your Secret Weapon
The key to garage storage and organization is getting things off the floor. Capitalizing on wall space enables you to fit the most into your garage while keeping it all visible and easy to access. The type of wall storage you choose depends on your storage needs, project budget and personal preferences. Many homeowners opt for one or a combination of the following storage standbys:
Open Shelving: Whether a wall-mounted track system or a set of stand-alone units, open shelves are affordable, versatile and user-friendly, and they keep everything in plain sight. Plus, depending on their construction, 12- or 16-inch-deep shelves are typically capable of holding heavier items.
Closed Cabinetry: If you plan to park your car in the garage, cabinets with doors may be the most desirable option, because closed storage means not having to come face-to-face with paint cans and garbage bags every time you leave or arrive home. Cabinets are available in countless materials and styles, but generally speaking, they are more expensive than other solutions. And because they are unable to accommodate very large items, cabinets are most effective when used in conjunction with another storage system.
Paneled Systems: Here, entire walls are covered with specially designed panels that hold any number of companion add-ons, such as hooks and shelves. Unlike pegboard, panelized systems can handle heavier items. But that strength and utility come at a cost, especially since some proprietary products must be installed by licensed professionals.