by Kevin Connors of Inspired Organizer AZ
If you’re like most Americans, your garage is a dumping ground for items without a designated home. With the right storage solutions, you can regain control and turn your cluttered garage into a well-organized space. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore various common garage items and recommend specific storage products tailored to each category. We’ll also highlight the importance of measuring your garage and strategizing the placement of storage items based on usage frequency and item value.
Christmas Decorations: Protect delicate ornaments and string lights by using clear plastic bins or specialized storage containers with dividers. Clearly label each container for easy identification. Unique wreath boxes are also available to store oddly shaped decorations efficiently.
Hand Tools: For DIY enthusiasts, easy accessibility and organization are crucial. Opt for a pegboard system or wall-mounted magnetic tool holders to keep your tools orderly and easily accessible. Modern workbenches often come equipped with pegboards and additional features like built-in surge protectors and LED lighting.
Power Tools: Safeguard your valuable power tools such as drills, saws, and sanders by investing in lockable cabinets or sturdy tool chests. If you live in a hot climate, store batteries in temperature-controlled spaces to extend their lifespan. Some modern tool chests even feature built-in USB ports and electrical outlets for charging convenience.
Garden Tools: Make the most of your space by utilizing wall-mounted tool racks, pegboards, and freestanding organizers to store garden tools securely.
Bicycles: Save space and keep your bicycles secure by installing wall-mounted bike racks or ceiling-mounted hoists. These solutions elevate your bikes, making them easily accessible while freeing up valuable floor space.
Kids Toys: Organize children's toys using labeled bins or stackable containers. Using different colored bins helps younger kids with organizing their toys. Shelves or cabinets with adjustable compartments make it easy to access toys while keeping everything tidy.
Camping Gear: Efficiently store camping gear in large plastic storage bins or duffel bags. Create subcategories for different bins to avoid rummaging through multiple containers. For example bins for hiking or fishing equipment will hep keep these types of gear organized without having to take down a large bin with other camping equipment that you don’t need.
Paint: Store paint cans upright on sturdy shelves or specialized paint storage racks to prevent leaks and simplify color identification. Find an inside location for paint during summer to prevent drying out in extreme heat. If you need to throw out old paint, there are powders you can pick up at any hardware store to harden the paint quickly so that you can throw away old cans in the trash.
Home Hardware: Use compartmentalized storage containers or transparent plastic drawers to organize small hardware items efficiently. Label each compartment to save time opening all of them just to find one piece of hardware.
Sports Equipment: Utilize wall-mounted racks, specialized organizers, and freestanding storage units for sports equipment. Consider tall cabinets for storing bats, rackets, and hockey sticks. Canvas or heavy-duty cloth bags provide added protection for various sports gear.
Remember these factors when storing miscellaneous items in your garage:
Value: Invest in storage solutions that protect high-value items from the elements and extreme temperatures.
Size: Opt for larger storage solutions, like ceiling-mounted racks, for infrequently used, large, or oddly shaped items. Use large cabinets for frequently used items.
Frequency of Use: Keep commonly used items easily visible and accessible on shelves, while storing infrequently used items in harder-to-reach areas.
Cleanliness: Consider the cleanliness of items when determining storage locations. Keep dirty items out in the open for easier cleaning, while protecting electronics from dirt and dust.
By planning your garage layout thoughtfully, you can create a functional and organized space. A clean and tidy garage brings a breath of fresh air compared to a cluttered mess. If you're seeking professional assistance in organizing your garage in the Phoenix area, visitwww.inspiredorganizersaz.com. Kevin Connors, a professional organizer and Director of Membership of the NAPO AZ Chapter, enjoys golf and traveling in his spare time.