The garage is an American phenomenon, a huge five- or six-hundred square-foot space we tend to regard as a just a place to park cars and randomly stack stuff. Utilized correctly, however, the garage becomes a hardworking room. Here are five ideas to quickly and inexpensively begin utilizing what used to be the least useful part of your home: because an organized garage makes the whole family feel like smiling!
1.) Create zones. Separate everything in the garage into types and organize one zone at a time – gardening items, household tools, games/sports, outdoor decorations, camping equipment, etc. Address zones one at a time to avoid being overwhelmed by organizational decisions.
2.) Hang everything. Organization begins when there is a place for everything. A few hooks and shelves provides a place for each item right on the walls to save space and make clutter disappear.
3.) Install a peg-board system. With plenty of options available at hardware and home-improvement stores, peg boards are a good alternative to the traditional work bench or tool box and allow you to keep tools and fasteners neatly accessible. (See this example at Amazon.com:
4.) Platform-shelf unused walls. This saves valuable floor space – and since the average two-car garage has three 24-foot blank walls, there’s plenty of untapped room available. A 2-foot-deep shelf running the upper length of the three unused garage walls provides 150 square feet of storage space in the course of a weekend. (Check out these instructions at http://www.familyhandyman.com/garage/storage/garage-storage-ideas-find-unused-space/view-all)
5.) Install an outdoor mudroom. Many homes don’t have interior space for a good indoor/outdoor transition, but what about that corner of the garage near the back door? Pre-made cabinets from the local home improvement store combined with closet organization items like hooks for coats and cubbyhole shelves for canvas totes can create a great mudroom in only a few hours. Save time, space and a lot of mopping!
About the Author: Lauren Turner is a former construction contractor turned wife and mother of two (so far). Her daily collection of duties and pleasures range from diaper duty to researching experimental concrete surfaces and everything in between. She is delighted to discover there is a place for her blogging skills and hopes her own garage benefits from all she learns.
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