Garage/Storage: Part 3: Organizing and Space Saving Strategies – 7-23-14
As an Atlanta Professional Organizer and Move Manager, I’ve often found it ironic that it’s commonplace for people to leave their cars worth many thousands of dollars in the driveway, yet leave useless junk the garage. In case you need convincing (or a little motivation), here are a few of the many positive reasons for having an organized, clutter-free garage:
- It’s a welcoming, clean entry into your home – Most homeowners enter through the garage so why not give it the attention it deserves?
- More space – Room for things you actually use and need to access – even your car!
- More peace of mind, less frustration – Easily find what you need when you need it, saving time and aggravation.
- More money – Save by not having to replace lost or broken items, might be able to sell higher ticket items, tax deduction by donating.
- More environmentally responsible – Putting “dormant” items back into circulation helps the environment and others.
No matter if you purchase a custom garage storage system or just hang a few hooks for your bikes, investing in your garage is a good idea. Here are a few quick garage organizing ideas from your Atlanta Professional Organizer and Move Manager:
Think of your garage in terms of zones: Automotive, gardening, sports, tools, etc. Consolidate items for easy retrieval, placing them as close as possible to where they will be used. For example, keep gardening supplies by the outside door. Set recycling bins next to the interior door. Put tools near the workbench.
Install pegboard on one wall. Use hooks to hold commonly used tools and gardening equipment. Pop in brackets and you can install shelving as well. Then use labeled jars or a multi-drawer storage system to separate small pieces of hardware.
Get things off the floor and onto the walls. Install inexpensive hooks to hold bikes, rakes, brooms, ladders, and hoses. Install cabinets and shelving along the back or side walls.
Make it easy for kids to access and put away their own stuff. A tall can will neatly hold hockey sticks, baseball bats, and other long items. Corral balls in a large bin.
Here are just a few of my favorite space-saving, do-it-yourself garage organizing products:
Platinum Elfa Garage Storage – Sturdy, ventilated adjustable shelves with storage containers for every garage organizing need.
FastTrack Garage Organization System – Easy to install and allows you to store more by making use of your entire wall…not just where the wall studs are located. Hang cabinets, hooks, baskets, you name it.
Hyloft Overhead Storage Rack – Holds 250 lbs. – Great for plastic storage bins, camping gear, kids outdoor toys, etc.
OXO Good Grips Heavy Duty Wall-Mounted Organizer – Hang brooms, rakes, shovels, etc.
Craftsman Tool Chest – There’s sure to be one to meet every need!
Decluttering and organizing the garage can certainly seem like a daunting task that’s easy to put off indefinitely –so please give the Real Order team a call if we can help turn your grungy garage into a space you’re sure to love. We can even handle the installation for you!