It’s just too easy for your garage to become a
disorganised out-of-hand mess. Being outside of the house, it can seem like a
great place to throw anything that just doesn’t fit inside of it. Try the
following tips to destress this space and get more room to store you
1: Think Vertically
Garages fortunately have high ceilings, so you
can make the most of that vertical space by placing items along the wall. You
can install shelving on them or hang buckets on the walls where you can place
numerous smaller things, like gardening tools. Long objects, like brooms,
should be fastened to the wall with hooks so they don’t take up floor space and
don’t topple over. Try adding labels on your storage buckets, so you don’t have
to rummage though when you need to find something and organise them into
categories. This tip will really make life easy when you need to quickly grab
2: Use the Ceiling
Again, an often unused and overlooked place,
the ceiling can be quite a pragmatic solution to storing especially those
larger items, like kayaks, for example. Bicycles can be hung from the ceiling,
as well, or from hooks placed on poles. Just make sure that your ceiling can
handle the weight.
3: Group and Label
As mentioned earlier group items by category
so when you are looking for them you can easily find them. Organiser bins will
keep things looking neat and tidy. Further, labelling these with their
categorical group will allow you to quickly spot the right bin.
4: Organise by Accessibility
Think strategically about how often you use
things. Consider which should be placed in a more convenient positioning and
those which can be packed in the hard-to-reach places. For example, you can
install hooks on the walls and put coats hats, dog leashes, etc. etc., as these
are easy-access items. For other items such as seasonal clothing, you can store
theses in vacuum bags and place them in buckets and hide them away at the back
on shelves until you need to use them next season.
5: Consider Functionality
Think about what activities you do in the
garage, aside from retrieving items and then returning them for safe-keeping.
Do you tend to pre-gardening activities there usually? Consider making a garden
work-bench! Do you park your car inside of it? Make sure things are kept out of
the way of where your car comes in and out of. This concept should be applied
to all of the ways you intend to use the garage.
6: Make it Homey
Even though the garage is a semi-outdoor space
that’s cold and not the cleanest compared to the rest of the house, generating
a homey feeling will inspire tidiness. Putting decorative items or small rugs
inside, for example, will make it feel like a space you want to care for,
rather than just a space to dump your extra things. This would be the case if
you don’t intend to park the car in there.
7: Hide Clutter
Drawers, cabinets and even closets are not
only for the interior of your home. You can stock things away in these storage
units, organising them by shelves or categorizing by cabinet. This creates a
distinguished area for a certain grouping of objects, like for sports stuff,
for example. At the same time, it looks much neater and encourages organisation
in that space.
Garages can house those extra things that
don’t fit in your home, or those which are mainly for outdoors, but they often
contain items which are part of your hobbies as well. It’s important,
therefore, to ensure they don’t become stressful spaces to be in. Spending just
as much effort to organise your garage as the interior rooms of your home, will
be well worth it in the long run.