How to Organize a Garage for More Space
Garages are spaces that are full of possibilities. If you have a smaller home, you can actually use your garage for added space! This can be done whether you like parking your car inside the garage or not! But the challenge arises when you step into the garage to organize all the mess that ends up there, and find just how confusing it can be to organize a whole house worth of things that just don’t fit anywhere else!
This confusion is normal. Garages are difficult to organize, especially if you’re trying to maximize storage space! However, following a few simple tips and tricks, this difficult task won’t seem so difficult anymore!
- Create zones: Although seeing a lot of room may make you want to just start throwing stuff into the garage and eventually end up with an avalanche of things, that’s exactly what we want to avoid. A better idea is to separate everything into zones. These would be zones like “Christmas Stuff” or “winter coats”, stuff that goes together, should be in its own zone! This way, everything won’t just be scattered everywhere. When things are organized before the real organizing begins, you’ll have a much easier time maximizing space overall!
- Use storage bins: Once you have everything sorted in their zones, bring in the key tool of all organization adventures – storage bins. Get big bins, small bins, see-through bins, and opaque bins, and organize all of your belongings according to the category of things you have. The key here is to use opaque bins for things that add to the visual clutter if you can see them easily. This way, you’ll have the things stored in an organized manner that won’t take up space on the floor or any of the visual space. Making the garage organized while still looking spacious!
- Install vertical shelves: Whenever you’re trying to organize a space to get the most “room” out of it, it’s always best to work your way “up”. Instead of filling up the entire floor with storage bins, install vertical shelving all the way from the floor, to the ceiling. The heavier duty the shelves are, the better! If you have trouble doing the heavy installation on your own, you can even get some help from a Handyman in NYC or a handyman in your local area, to come in and install all the shelving for you. Then, all that you’ll need to do is set up the shelves in the way that seems best for your needs and you’ll find that you can fit a lot more on a wall than you thought!
- Pegboards: If you want vertical storage but you don’t want to have permanent shelves on your walls, a better way to add vertical storage might be to get pegboards installed instead! Having pegboard walls is like having a wall with tonnes of nails already hammered in where you can hang anything you want! Depending on what your needs are and how they change throughout the year, a pegboard can be really helpful because you can easily just swap out the shelvings or the drawer units on them and change up the whole storage system without having to take up any extra space!
- Ceiling shelves: Finally, for those that really want to make the most out of the space they have in their garage, a great idea might be to use “the fifth wall”. This is your ceiling! Instead of just letting the ceiling be empty, let it serve a purpose! Install ceiling shelves throughout the entire ceiling and use hanging bins to hang the stuff you’re not always going to need away from view but still reachable if you want to take it out! Leaving a lot of room on the walls to store other things, truly maximizing the storage you can set up in your garage!