6 Tips for Organising Your Garage

Keep your garage clean and organised with our 6 helpful tips.

As well as a safe place to keep vehicles, most of us tend to use our garages as a storage space. This means that they can all too easily become cluttered and chaotic. As we tend to store more miscellaneous items here, the age old rule of ‘have a place for everything, and everything in its place’ can present quite a challenge. Garages can house everything from tins of paint, to power tools, to old photographs. Storing all these random items in one place can make it difficult for us to find what we need, when we need it. However, with a little bit of thoughtful planning, organising your garage doesn’t have to be complicated. It is possible to neatly store an assortment of random items under one roof.
rubbish boxes

1. Make use of space

If you feel limited on space, you may want to rethink how you are using it. Make sure you are utilising vertical space first and foremost. Extend shelves so that they use the entire height of your garage walls. The garage ceiling is also a great place for storage. If your structure allows, install some overhead storage racks to store items which are seldom used, such as things of sentimental value. These racks can be bought, but are also fairly easy to make, especially if you are handy.

These racks can be bought, but are also fairly easy to make, especially if you are handy.

2. Group items together

You may think it’s impossible to categorise every item in your garage, but by creating groups of similar items, organising becomes a fairly simple process. We recommend limiting these groups to about five or six to start with, for example:
  • DIY and Decorating
  • Sporting equipment and outdoor toys
  • Sentimental items (photographs, baby clothes etc.)
  • Gardening
  • Car Care
  • All other, miscellaneous items

Once you have properly categorised all your items, you can begin planning on how you will store them. Keeping items in categories will help you to quickly find what you need.
old paint cans on shelf

3. Keep the most used items readily accessible

If your organisation system is simple, you’re much more likely to stick to it. It’s easy to become lazy with tidying if your space is poorly organised. Keep your most frequently items in an easily accessible spot. Make sure that there are no obstructions that will hinder you from accessing these items quickly, or finding them easily. The simplest way to do this is to store away items in an order of least to most regularly used – placing your most used items at the forefront of everything else.

DIY tools

A peg board is a cheap and easy solution to storing your DIY tools. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even write or draw on the peg board to label a place for each specific item.

Gardening equipment

Hang your most regularly used power tools such as your hedge trimmer and lawn mower on the wall. For smaller garden tools, keep a small box of the tools you tend to reach for most often in a place that is easy to get to. Store all other garden-related items on shelving below.

Outdoor toys

You will need to store garden toys in an easily accessible and safe place. If children will need to get to the toys themselves, make sure they are kept away from potential hazards such as chemical substances and power tools. Keep them close to the ground so children don’t have to reach or climb on anything to get to them. We recommend storing and swapping toys by season, and keeping the most used toys in wheel-able storage buckets. For example, summer toys like paddling pools and water pistols can be stored on shelving during the winter and swapped to the wheeled bucket during summer. This way, the storage bucket can easily be wheeled in and out of the garage when needed, and children won’t need to enter the garage to access their toys. Kids can also easily gather their toys and put them back in the bucket when they have finished with them.

3. Don’t store on the floor

Where possible, try to avoid storing any items on the floor. By keeping your floor space open, you can easily keep on top of cleaning. Storing items on the floor also makes the garage look more cluttered. Furthermore, stacking items atop of one another is a gateway to a poorly organised space. Everything in your garage should be easy to see. One item should not obstruct the view of another or hinder you from accessing it.
old toys for rubbish

4. Keep sweeping

Take pride in your organised garage and keep your space clean as well as tidy. Keep a sweeping brush to hand, to regularly rid your garage floor of excess dirt. Use a micro fibre cloth to wipe down surfaces once a week – you can store this on the handle of your sweeping brush. By taking the time to keep your garage clean, you’ll be less inclined to become lazy with organisation as you won’t want to spoil your hard work!

5. Box and label everything

You can never have too many labels! Box and label all your shelf items so you can easily identify what goes where. You can make this task fun by using colourful labels and stickers to decorate each box. You could even get the kids to help you! Create sections within each box using smaller boxes or dividers to sort items by size. This will help prevent small items from getting lost within the box and allow easy access to each item.

6. Bin it

Keep a rubbish bin in your garage for quick organisation of items you plan to dispose of. This can be anything from the middle of a used tape roll to an old screwdriver you no longer have use for. Once the bin is full, sort through the items so they can be properly disposed of, either for recycling or for household waste. This will prevent clutter from building. Just be sure not to toss any perishable items into the bin such as food. Not only could this create an unpleasant odour, but you may find local wildlife see it as a dining invitation.

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