The garage is primarily used to store your car, but that shouldn’t be its only function. Garages are often ideal storage spaces for tools and other seasonal items. It’s just pretty convenient, since the average guest doesn’t get to see the inside of your garage.
This can make it attractive to just stash whatever you come across and don’t need. Over the course of a couple of years, this can lead to a very, very messy garage. I’ve seen cases where people can’t even park their car in the garage anymore because of all the stuff! (Guilty as charged! 😳)
We’ve listed a few convenient, space-saving storage tricks to keep your garage nice and neatly organised.
1. Ceiling storage
The space above our head is often not used. And that’s where a lot of space gets wasted. There’s tons of solutions to install ceiling organisation that doesn’t break the bank.
Here's a great solution.
Pegboard is a great way to keep everything neatly organised. It’s cheap as well. Traditionally, pegboard is used to store tools. However, people are discovering that it can be used to hang anything, from pots and pans, to cleaning essentials and more.
3. Build garage cabinets
If your stuff is all piled up on the floor (hopefully in boxes!) you might want to invest in some cabinets on the walls. There’s cheap DIY solutions - or you can get some ready made ones on amazon.com.
4. Create a folding workbench
If you’re using the garage as a work shop, consider using using a foldable work desk. This way, you can just fold your work bench against the wall. The empty space will give you immediate peace of mind. *zen*
5. Magnetic panels and strips
If you’re like me, then it’s usually the smaller stuff that keeps lingering around, annoying you. I’m talking about small tools, nuts, bolts, and other small stuff that doesn’t really have a dedicated place. There are these magnetic strips that you can get on Amazon. You’ll install them on the garage wall and just hang whatever that’s bothering you on that wall. I personally love it!
Here's a good magnetic strip set.
6. Say goodbye
This is probably the most simple method - but the hardest at the same time. Go through all he stuff that’s cluttered around in your garage, and ask yourself: do I really need this?
A better way to ask yourself is this:
- Have I used this in the last 12 months?
- Do I have any plans of using this within the next 12 months?
If the answer to both questions is ‘no’.. Well, you should know what to do with it.
Another rule you can implement is the following:
Whenever you upgrade, you replace. That means you’ll never keep the ‘old version’ of whatever you’ve upgraded. There’s no point I keeping that old laptop if you just replaced it with that new MacBook. The same thing goes for power tools, lawn mowers, camera’s, bicycles, etc.
You’ll come across outdated power tools, clothes that you don’t wear anymore, toys that the kids have outgrown, etc. Make the click and donate them to charity - or sell whatever has some value. And easy way to do this is organising a garage sale.
9. Make huge shelves
You’ll often place boxes next to the wall. Unless these boxes are perfectly stackable, you won’t be able to optimise all of that vertical space. An easy solution is to build a big shelf above those boxes that can hold a decent amount of weight as well.
10. Think outside the box
As you’ll start decluttering your garage, you’ll end up with 10’s of fresh ideas specific to your personal situation and garage that aren’t listed in this post. The key is to think truly outside the box and admit when something just isn’t worth storing anymore.
Oh, by the way... Have you downloaded our free eBook yet? It's full of handy, space-saving pegboard tips. And it's free to download for our readers.
James from MADD TOOLS