Tips For Organizing The Garage
With all of the summer trips, projects and activities, the garage has seen a lot of traffic in the last few months. That has created a lot of clutter with all the tools and gear, and it's time for a fall refresh. Here are 5 ideas for getting your garage organized before the days start getting shorter.
Re-organizing the garage can be a day-long affair if you do it all at once. But you don't have to! Start by sectioning off your garage and designate places you want to group items. For instance, put all of your gardening tools on the front right side of the garage and the power and household tools in the back left corner. From there, clean each space one at a time and migrate the proper tools to their selected space in just an hour or two. Over a few days of cleaning, your garage can be cleaned out without losing an entire weekend to chores.
The Up Side
When you're working with small spaces, you have to be creative with your storage strategy. For instance, use your ceiling as storage space. With suspended shelving, you can store large items that might otherwise lean against a wall where it can get knocked over. Use it for skis, tents, canoes, boogie boards -- anything that is big and doesn't shift with sudden movements.
Beyond Peg Boards
Probably the most popular place to put a pegboard is a garage wall -- with a few hooks you can add shelves and hang tools so they're easy to reach as well as put away neatly, but a peg board can always use enhancements. Try adding a magnetic knife bar with hooks for frequently used tools. They're typically used for kitchen knives, but they're very handy to a handyman.
Repurpose for Results
We all strive to be a little greener and you don't have to recycle to do your part. You can repurpose all sorts of items from the kitchen to help keep your garage tidy. Punch a hole in the side of a coffee can to hang on a hook, and you have a new spot for duct tape, scissors and any small item you need for your garage work space. Use plastic peanut butter jars to hold nails or screws -- by gluing the lids to the underside of a shelf, you can save space in cabinets and drawers for other items like Halloween yard decorations.
PVC pipes are the DIYers go-to material. They can be used for everything from forming a fabulous headboard to building an elaborate sprinkler obstacle course for the kids in the summer. For the garage, PVC pipes can be used for simpler functions. Cut down into 2" or 3" pieces, PVC pipes can be secured to a wall to hold large tools like rakes and shovels. They can even be used to keep pet gear sorted. The shortened cylinders keep the tools upright, in place and out of the way.
The Lakeside Collection has products and ideas to keep every area of your home orderly. Whether you're looking for tips for organizing your tiny bathroom or you need new storage containers to de-clutter your kitchen, look to Lakeside for all your home improvement solutions.