These days, a garage is not only used for parking vehicles. It has become a multifunctional area that also provides for a working space and storage place as well.
Our house has a big garage and we use it to park our car, motorcycles and bicycles. Since my fiance (the Australian Stud Muffin) is a handyman, we also have a corner in the garage that he uses as a work station.
Get of Rid Unnecessary Things
We have also come to use the garage as a storage area so as to minimize the clutter around the house. Of course, it would be more practical to get rid of things that you no longer need and use. You can give these away for free or you can hold a garage sale for your unwanted stuff to earn some money.
Our family makes it a point that we donate our unneeded stuff to charity at least once a year. These include clothes and toys that we no longer need and are only eating up space at our house. It’s a good deed that also benefits us by having a more organized and clutter-free environment. I suggest that you do the same thing too. J
Using the Garage as Storage Area
Needless to say, there will always be things that we don’t want to get rid off. It can be because these items have sentimental value or simply because we only use them occasionally, but still use them (e.g. Holiday decorations).
For things that simply need to be stored until they are needed again, the garage would be an ideal place for safekeeping. But that doesn’t mean that you can simply dump everything in the garage. No, no, no… then you’d have a really cluttered and messy garage.
To have a more organized life and garage, you should really know how to store things properly. As a neat freak, I am very organized around the house, including the garage. And I am going to share with you some organizational techniques so that you can make your own garage a multi-functional part of your house too.
Get Those Tools Out of the Way
If you are fond of gardening, you know that gardening tools can take up a lot of space in the garage. And not only that, it makes the place look untidy too. Yes, even if you have everything in a specific corner.
So here’s what you have to do. Get those large gardening tools out of the way by hanging them on the wall. This goes for the wheelbarrow, shovel, rake, etc.
For your small tools such as hand shovel, gloves, and garden scissors, you can hang these on a rack. This way, these small items are organized and readily accessible when needed.
You will find that hanging things on the wall will free up a lot of floor space and make the garage look more organized and tidy as well. Just make sure that large and heavy items are securely held by hooks and nails and that these won’t accidentally fall.
Painting the Garage
Just because it’s a garage, that doesn’t mean that the place can look boring and dull. In our house, we regularly paint the garage to give it a makeover. Not only does our garage look clean and bright, it also becomes a more pleasant place to be in.
Your choice of paint, of course, will depend on the color and theme of your house. Just note that light shade of colors can give your garage a bright look, but dirt will be more noticeable. Darker shades of colors make dirt and grime less noticeable, but your garage won’t look as bright. So consider those things when planning to paint your garage and choose a color that will work well with the regular activities in your garage.
Since we are using our garage as a workstation, we often go for the color of green. Green is a nice color and we always pick a shade that’s not too light and not too dark.
Add Shelves for More Storage
Let’s face it, we just can’t have enough of storage spaces. By adding shelves in the garage, wall space can be efficiently utilized.
The shelves can either be close or open. We have both open and close shelves in our garage.
Shelves with doors keep clutter away from the eyes, so that’s a good point. However, we also need open shelves for frequently used items. So it’s really up to you to decide on the type of shelves that you want to install in your garage.
Use the Ceiling for Storage
If you are running out of wall space for storage, worry not, because you can also use your ceiling space. Of course, this technique is only applicable if your garage has a high ceiling.
Installing a tracking system on the ceiling is really quite easy. It’s a DIY job that won’t take up a lot of your time, especially if you have an assistant.
With a tracking system in place, you can simply slide storage containers into place. This won’t work for all storage bins, but only with those that have extended edges that can slide into the tracks.
My fiance installed a tracking system in our garage ceiling and we are using plastic storage bins on these. Since it can be a little troublesome to take the containers down again and again, we only use it for storing seasonal items. Our holiday decors are all neatly stored there and we only take them down once a year. And after the Christmas season is over, up they go again!
Boxing is always an effective way to organize things. And if you really have a lot of stuff, this is another option that you can use when storing certain items in your garage.
It is always a good idea to store similar items so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Transparent boxes are also helpful since you can immediately see what’s inside the box. And if you choose to use boxes that are not transparent, make sure that you label them properly.
Update the Look of Your Garage Door
Since the garage is part of your house, it should always look as good as your home. Install a new garage door if the old one is already worn out or out of style. You can also give an old garage door a makeover with a fresh coat of paint.
Don’t take your garage door for granted. After all, it safely homes your vehicles and acts as a storage area for your important items too.
Set Up a Workstation
If you have carpenters, DIYers, and handymen in your household, make sure that you have a workstation in your garage. By designating an area for woodworking, grinding, polishing, etc., the work can be done efficiently and safely as well.
A good workstation has a spacious working table and ample space to move about while working. All the needed tools for the job should be readily accessible too.
Recycle Old Furniture and Home Accessories
If you have furniture and other items in your house that are no longer fit for indoor use, you can recycle these and use them in your garage instead. Old metal racks, for example, can be used for hanging items on your garage walls.
And if you have old shelves or cabinets that you no longer want to use inside your house, you can transfer these to your garage too. These can serve as additional storage areas for the stuff that you keep in your garage.
Things to Keep in Mind When Organizing and Remodeling the Garage
When using the garage as a storage place, make sure that there’s a place for everything.
I have shown you tips and tricks on how to use the garage walls and ceiling as storage spaces; and you will find that these techniques really free up a lot of your garage space.
Remember, we are aiming to get things off the floor as floor space should only be used for the most important things and for moving about.