Tips for A Well-Organized Garage
When most people think of a garage, they quickly get the image of a space exclusively reserved for the storage of cars and bicycles. But this part of the house is also often used predominantly for storing non-auto related stuff. The garage has become, in many homes, officially the mess corner. If this is your case, we would love to give you some advice on how to organize your garage and get space to store your vehicles and other items, transforming the room into a functional environment.
Install a Side-Mounted, Space-Saving Garage Door Opener
If you’re in the market for a new garage door opener with an interest in saving space, a side-mounted garage opener is your perfect choice. Models like the Chamberlain 1/2 HP Direct Drive Wi-Fi Compatible Garage Door Opener are installed right next to the garage door as opposed to the ceiling. This design frees up ceiling space and minimizes vibrations on your garage door. If you have tall vehicles, a smaller garage or simply need to stack up your extra supplies and stuff, you should try out this option. With an effortless press on the remote button, the door will silently and smoothly slide into place. Plus, being a LiftMaster product, you know it’s going to be dependable and durable.
For your convenience, as with most LiftMaster garage door openers, this model is alsocompatible with the MyQ app. This means you can monitor and control your garage door remotely from anywhere in the world.
Shelves, Cabinets, Drawers and Tool Organizer
Sort out your garage so that you only have the items that you really need and will ever use. Where possible, toss, donate, sale or repurpose anything that has no practical value to you at the moment. Now that you have only the items you need and are using, it’s time to organize them. For easy maintenance, you can use the popular basket organizers. Opt for plastics that are lighter and can be found in different colors, sizes, and styles to match your decor.
Another option is to use the shelves: they help organize boxes and loose items. This makes it much easier to identify what you need. If you like to use your garage as a space for hobbies involving DIY, use the toolboxes or tool bag to keep everything protected and tidy.
And the garage ceiling?
In this limited space, the ceiling offers you significant storage space. For starters, you can hang bulky items on it, such as bikes. Another idea is to install wooden rails on the ceiling. The edges of some plastic bins are designed to slide in the rails. This is an original and convenient way to store books or clothes (well, depending on how dust-free and clean your garage is). These bins can still be placed on planks fixed to the ceiling. The types of fixing will vary depending on the weight of the items to be stored. Light loads can be placed on thin but resistant panels, held on the ceiling by four or six threaded rods. Wooden rafters allow you to attach thicker planks to the ceiling. Some support beams, fixed to the ceiling, are even designed to support a ladder.
If you are a DIY enthusiast, you cannot do without the perforated pegboard, the size will depend on the importance and size of your tools. Thanks to the hooks that you will attach to it, your tools will be perfectly stored and within reach. Most pegboards are relatively light and easy to install, but they will save you a lot of frustration in addition to creating more space.
The Bottom Line Garage
If you have a particularly small garage, extra stuff to store or simply need extra space in your garage for other purposes, exploring the above-recommended options is a good beginning. Essentially, you should think of exploiting each available surface area as a potential storage space. The best way to optimize a garage is to use the space vertically, even if it means using the ceiling. Each object must have its place and in its respective category. To find your way around, organize the items according to their frequency of use.
In the middle (easy to access): store the items used every day; On the nooks: store less used items (once a week or a month, for example) Set back (on the ceiling, the attic, etc.): things that are less used (once every 4, 6, or even 12 months).And finally, toss, donate, sell or repurpose any item that doesn’t have any clear meaningful use to create more space.