A recent study found that 50 percent of homeowners claim their garage is the most disorganized place in the house. In addition, the Department of Energy cites 25 percent of people with two-car garages have too much clutter to leave room for cars, while 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. Isn’t it time to do something about the mess? This year, focus your efforts on maximizing storage space in the garage.
“It’s ironic that many of us would rather store our boxes of unwanted stuff in our garage, leaving our valuable cars outside to deal with the elements,” says Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and author of “The Clutter Diet.” “Let’s rethink our storage priorities and turn our garage into a space that’s more organized and functional.”
Clear the floor. Because floor space is at a premium, get things off the floor and onto the wall. One option is affordable, heavy duty wire shelving from ClosetMaid. This durable shelving can withstand the weight of some of your heaviest things, plus it’s easy to install and adapts to your changing storage needs. Perfect for the garage, this product allows air to ventilate, and is not affected by the humidity or sudden fluctuations in temperature.
“Wire shelving is the perfect choice for ‘DIYers’ in need of a garage makeover,” Marrero said. “It is flexible and can be customized to fit in all types of spaces, suits any climate and is easy to keep clean.”
Tuck away hazardous materials. Things such as poisonous pesticides and anti-freeze, or dangerous tools such as hedge trimmers and power tools should be hidden safely out of reach from children and pets. Find a home for these items with cabinets, such as those from ClosetMaid’s ProGarage line. These heavy-duty cabinets are scratch- and stain-resistant and are a good place for objects not in use.
Keep smaller items tidy, accessible and out of the way. Can’t find your wrench or screwdriver? Use a peg board to keep your favorite hand tools neatly stored and ready to grab in a moment’s notice. Hooks are another great way to keep track of your belongings. Use them for stowing hoses, extension cords, bicycles and step ladders.
Invest in an area rug. Limit the dirt tracked inside the house with an area rug or repurposed carpet. For many, the garage serves as the main entry point into the home, so be prudent and keep the entryway as clean as possible.
– Family Features