Home organization is an art. Not everyone has the knack for efficient home organization that also appeals to one’s aesthetic sense. If living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens are hard enough to design and organize, garages are even more challenging for the novice homeowner.
Gone are the days when garages where dreary places who’s only sole purpose was to house your car. For those of us who need some inspiration for effective garage organization, here are 5 accessories that will help you tremendously:
Every good garage has a set of cabinets that are dedicated to storage. Cabinets are an awesome way to literally hide all the clutter – just throw stuff into the cabinets and close the door on them!
Compared to most of the other garage organization accessories, cabinets can be a tad pricier. But they also help to keep your garage neat and clutter free. Additionally, they can also serve as a sort of style statement to your garage, as they come in a wide variety of colours and designs.
Peg boards are an easy way to organize your garage. They make optimal use of the walls of the garage. They are super affordable and easy on your wallet, plus they are quick and simple to install as well. They will help you gauge what tools you have in your collection at a glance – you don’t have to keep digging and sorting through piles of stuff.
Pegboards also have the advantage of not taking up as much space as cabinets – so even if you have a narrow garage, you can still maximize storage space by adding a pegboard to one of the walls. Pegboards might look rather innocuous but they are pretty strong.
Shelving Units and Racks
Installing shelving units and racks is the most straightforward way to organize your garage. They are easily available at any home improvement stores and they are also simple to maintain.
There are many different types of shelving units and racks available in the market today. Choose an assortment of them as each have their own pros and cons and would suit different purposes. For instance, if you are a cyclist, you could even hang up your bicycle onto a sports rack. Shelving units are highly customizable so you can choose shelves according to your needs and preferences.
In many garages, while horizontal space might be limited, there is plenty of vertical space thanks to high ceilings. Utilize this space by building a simple overhead loft or alternatively if you find that too elaborate and expensive, install overhead shelves where you can store all your boxes.
Overhead shelves are no nonsense and fuss free and they can be the answer to your storage woes. They can be mounted on the ceiling thereby sparing the strain on your walls. They can a little difficult to clean though – you might need someone’s help to do it, but they definitely go a long way in keeping your garage tidy. They also have one other small con – ever heard of the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’? You can actually forget about things which you have tucked away into your overhead storage!
None of the above mentioned garage organization accessories have the advantage of being portable. At times it can get really tedious and tiring to keep walking back and forth to your cabinets and shelves in order to pick up one tool or the other when you are working on a project.
A movable tool chest solves this problem in a jiffy. Tool chests are pretty convenient and they can hold a modest number of tools. They are very handy especially if you tend to work a lot in your garage. They are also lightweight, compact and can be placed unobtrusively in a corner, out of the way when they are not in use.
Apart from the above mentioned accessories you could also keep your garage sorted with the help of other aids such as workbenches, movable utility carts, slat wall panels etc. If you have kids in the household, then you might also need some additional accessories like shoe racks and coat pegs for putting away all the shoes and coats of the family.
Something else which might help make your garage better could be a small seating bench with storage space below, where people can sit and put on their shoes or give you company when you are working in the garage and also you could store things such as old newspapers or magazines beneath the seat.
Do some research online for ideas, check out the garages of some friends or talk to the store representative at your neighbourhood hardware store and they will be able to guide you in finding better solutions for organizing your garage.