Top Storage Tips From a Super-Tidy Garage Owner

Written by nicole long
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Garages can quickly gather clutter and become disorganised. Considering that your garage houses myriad items, including garden tools, automobile accessories, paint and power tools, clutter may seem inevitable. However, organisation is key to being able to find things quickly, store things safely and keep your garage clutter free.

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Tools

Tools are a good place to start when organising a garage. Tools used on a regular basis should be stored within easy reach. For easy access, try the peg-board approach. Simply attach peg board to the garage wall and utilise hooks to hang tools. Small tools, including hammers, screwdrivers and hand-held garden tools, are examples of useful items to have at arm's reach. Store power tools in drawers or cabinets with locks for added safety and security. Recycled file cabinets can be easily transitioned from the office to the garage for tool storage. Use small filing cabinets as a base for your work desk and have tools within easy reach while working on projects. In addition, labelling drawers and cabinets with items contained within makes hunting for tools a thing of the past. Store larger tools, including rakes and shovels, in manufactured tool organisers that sit on the floor and have slots for different items.

Supplies

Supplies often stored in the garage range from paper towels and rags to paint brushes and chemicals. Keep paper towels on a towel rack above your work space for easy access. Store paint brushes, rags, nails and other supplies in clear plastic bins of varying sizes. Store these bins on a shelving system and label them clearly. Store items that complement each other, such as paint brushes and dust sheets, in the same area or bin. Other options include storing the items in an upright cabinet, with all chemicals and hazardous supplies stored out of the reach of children; storing them in a locked cabinet is preferred. Supplies that are no longer needed or are out of date should be disposed of properly. Check with local agencies, including county maintenance departments, concerning hazardous waste disposal.

Sporting Equipment

Sporting equipment has a way of infiltrating every nook and cranny of a garage. Safety concerns are in play especially when it comes to items that could easily trip someone up, such as a soccer ball or a roller-skate. Make it easy for children and adults to replace items in easy-storage systems. Pop-up clothes hampers can work well for a simple storage solution for soccer balls, baseballs and bats. Shoes and skates can be stored on a shoe rack placed in a convenient location or they can be stored under the bottom shelf of a storage unit. For seasonal items, such as snowboards and fishing rods, mount hooks along the wall at differing intervals for easy storage. Store bikes off the ground with bike hoists.

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