Garages are notorious for getting out of control. Most garages in your neighborhood would look completely chaotic right now if you entered them. Why is this true? Most people do not spend much quality time in their garages, so their investment in keeping them clean and free of clutter is not very high. Also, garages tend to become the storage space for all a household’s miscellaneous junk. But it does not have to be that way. All you need is a system of organization and a desire to keep things organized over time. Once a great and practical organization system is in place, it will not let you down.
How do you clean up your garage? Short of gutting it and starting over with a general contractor and a dumpster, there is still a lot you can do. You can even turn a small storage space into an expansive one with just a few small investments. Garages can always hold way more stuff than you realize, especially if your things are arranged in a meticulous fashion.
Before you organize your garage, take a good, long, and hard look at it. Do you need everything you see? It might be time to have a garage sale in order to rid yourself and your family of some little-needed junk. Do not be afraid to throw stuff away either. There are also websites devoted to people trading and giving away their old unwanted items. It is a clich, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Once you have whittled your garage’s collection down to its essentials, then it is time to start organizing.
Do you have large items in your garage like surfboards or boogie boards for summer beach trips? Consider sticking them overhead in the rafters, if you have them. Do you have bicycles that are taking up a lot of floor space? Consider mounting them on special bike hooks on the wall of the garage. If you have a workbench that is crowded with tools and toolboxes, then put up a pegboard for all your hammers, screwdrivers, and other miscellany. Next, consider shelving. If you do not want to invest in utility shelves, even though the metal versions can be fairly inexpensive when purchased from a home improvement store, then you can make your own and kill two birds with one stone in the process. Remember all those concrete blocks and scrap pieces of lumber piled up in the corner of the garage? Well you can combine cleaning and organizing by constructing simple shelves out of them. You can place boxes on the shelves, or old pairs of ski boots. This will free up a lot of floor space, while piling the walls high with organized items that are easy to find in a pinch. Never again will you have to stumble over piles of junk for hours to find the thing that you were looking for. A clean garage also discourages small animals from setting up shop under piles of junk and rubble.