Garage organization is not difficult, nor is it expensive. It is, however, essential if you want a clean space where everything is relatively easy to find. Whether you have a large garage or just a small space, there are many things that you can do to utilize that space and give yourself a bit of additional storage without taking up the area that you need for cars and other items.
One of the biggest problems when trying to decorate your home is seeing through the clutter to the bones of your rooms. Without eliminating the clutter, you will never get a good picture of what the positives and negatives are, and therefore be able to come up with a good decorating plan. This is even more important when decorating on a budget because every decision counts! However, we all have stuff. I’ve got it, you’ve got it, and we love our stuff! Luckily, most of us have garages so that we can store all that stuff! But we don’t just want to move the clutter from one place to another cluttered place, that never helps. Developing budget garage storage ideas can help you eliminate the clutter from inside while keeping it all orderly out in the garage.
Is clutter keeping you from parking your car in the garage? Or do your cars take up so much space that there’s no place left to store your tools and outdoor items? It might be time to tackle some garage makeover ideas.
An adequately organized garage should be able to serve multiple functions. It can be a warehouse, a workshop and even a sanctuary. By learning how to store items like rakes, toolboxes and sporting equipment, you’ll free up some much-needed floor space.
The first step is to declutter and figure out how you want the space to function. These DIY garage makeover ideas highlight items you should toss and more practical solutions to put in its place.
Fun Garage Tips and Facts
Increases Home Value
A little-known fact is that a high-quality garage door can increase the value of a residence by up to 4%.
Given that outdoor landscaping and curb appeal typically accommodate about 5% of home value, the significance of a garage door investment is clear.
Inspiration and Potential
From the Beatles to Microsoft, countless famous endeavours started with the humble origins of a garage.
A place where creativity can flow freely, and with enough privacy to encourage anyone to flourish, garages have long been a source of inspiration to those seeking an outlet for creativity.
Whether the project is simple retooling or creating the next excellent corporation, garages have had a significant hand in facilitating modern culture.
Growing in Popularity
The word garage itself was only coined in the twentieth century. Prior to that, the term was associated with carriages and was generally called a car park.
Now that most free homes have a garage, with over 80 million Americans having a garage, these spaces have become critical to home economics and culture in general.
Providing shelter for vehicles and a space to create, these highly useful spaces are often used as primary entrances to the home, solidifying the importance of garage security.
The Great Garage
Overall, these highly useful areas have permeated society and become a necessity for most serious car owners, mechanics, or hands-on workers. Serving historically as the site of great inspiration, the garage has the potential to make greatness.
Best, when organized and accessible, this article details tricks and tips that will facilitate a smooth workflow and add to the safety of the garage itself.
Through simple steps like proper cleaning, organization, inventory, and lighting, the garage can be made new once more.
Quick and Cheap Ways to Organize Your Garage
Create an Illusion of Space
Some so many interior designers swear by what a bright room can do. Bright light helps the room breathe and gives it a more spacious feel. To achieve this, paint the garage walls white for an instant expand on space. Add a bright light source that emits daylight to create an illusion of broadness.
Breathe New Life to Old Shelves
They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure. There may be some yard sales in the neighbourhood to look for shelves or cabinets that can be used as storage. The shelves do not necessarily need to match. Just paint them in a matching colour to give a modern, chic feel to your garage. Remember to check for any damage or signs of termites. Paint them according to the colour of your theme and place them on the walls. These will be great when you put the next tip into play.
Break Out the Boxes
Put everything neatly into place by their category. Put kids’ toys, dad’s tools, and other stuff together in individual boxes. It will also help if you can paint the boxes with a colour that complements the shelves. That way, you can hit two birds with one stone: organized and aesthetically pleasing.
Aside from colour coding the boxes, label your boxes to spot what you put in each box easily. Make sure labels are clear and readable.
Create a Monthly Cleaning Habit
Organizing is a small habit that reaps great benefits. Mark your calendar for a regular clean-up. It can be as often as once a week, or it can be a monthly chore, depending on your schedule. The goal is to create a routine schedule to keep your garage tidy and organized.
Aside from its main purpose, the garage also serves as an extra storage area for your things. Try these tips, so you don’t end up with a big mess and to create more room for new stuff.
Keep it Organized
Not only does proper sorting of tools make things easier to navigate, but it also makes a garage easier to maintain. Maximizing the use of the given square footage provides more room to maneuver and makes it easier to locate trouble areas that require upkeep.
Clean the Area
While cleaning is not the most glamorous, and garages will never seem to be clean, having a wiped down work area with a mopped floor makes work more pleasant.
Keeping the surfaces wiped down, and free of spills prevents injuries by ridding risks of slips and falls.
Keeping tabs on what is inside the garage is critical to proper maintenance. Instead of getting halfway through an oil change to realize you have an insufficient amount of oil, knowing what is on hand can make a project much more comfortable.
Have a checklist of necessary items and replenish them before any are depleted.
Maintenance is more than keeping things clean, and in order, it is a way to ensure safety in what can be a precarious situation.
A floor free of cords and spills, shelves open of sharps and debris, can prevent fire risk and injury. Proper maintenance of the garage is the route to project longevity and general safety.
These DIY ideas are easy and best of all, inexpensive. Remember three things…
- Don’t store things you haven’t used in over six months, a year for seasonal items. Donate.
- Don’t store things you use all the time out in the garage…you will get tired of trekking out there in January when it’s 0 degrees to retrieve that pancake griddle!
- Don’t forget to organize your existing garage items first. You want an orderly area to store all your “stuff” from indoors….. also, if you neglect to organize your tools and other garage type items neatly when you need them for those DIY projects, they will be MIA! To organize that garage!
Store tools on magnetic storage panels.
For a cheap garage makeover, all you need is some basic supplies and a ton of creativity. To work safely and efficiently, keep your tools in an accessible, organized space. While toolboxes offer secure storage, it’s better to be able to grab (and find) what you need conveniently.
Magnetic storage panels let you openly display your tools on the wall and are incredibly space-saving. The tools are neatly presented, out of the way, and easy to retrieve (not to mention, extremely affordable).
Commonly used for kitchen knife storage, these magnetic steel panels can be found at your nearest hardware store. If you’re looking for something stronger, Home Depot offers a 12-inch magnetic tool panel. Just hang the panel with a mounting bracket and store your essentials.
Use a fold-down workbench to save space.
Rather than taking up space in your garage with an over-sized, permanent work table, opt for a space-saving fold-away workbench.
Add ceiling hooks for bike storage.
Finding space for bikes can be a constant struggle, but you don’t have to settle for leaning them up against your garage wall.
Put unused ceiling space to use! Bike racks can cost anywhere from $200-$600, while simple ceiling hooks are extremely affordable and easy to implement. This savings is huge when you have a lot of creative garage makeover ideas running through your mind but need to stick to a budget.
Craft a DIY garden tool holder.
Does your garage double as a gardening shed? If you’re stocked up on shovels, rakes, brooms and more, chances are at some point, they’ve found a tangled home in the corner of your garage. Utilize wall space to easily organize these essential tools with one simple product: a hose.
Have an extra hose? Cut small pieces — around 7 inches or so — and slit each one down the front with scissors. Nail these vertically on the wall, with the opening facing forward. These make the perfect size holders for lawn and gardening tools and will save your garage floor from clutter.
Hang overhead storage shelves.
Whether you have storage boxes, totes, or crates sprawled on the garage floor, free up space by taking advantage of the ceiling.
Overhead shelves are ideal for infrequently used belongings like large crates, decorations and clothing. Sturdy ceiling-mounted storage units can even hold up to 600 pounds. These ranges anywhere from $20 to $500, depending on how much storage and strength you’ll need.
Overhead storage pro tip: If you need to be able to access these tools frequently, consider an overhead hoist pulley system which gives you easy access to boxes, kayaks, equipment and tools with the pull of a rope.
Keep sporting equipment and like items together.
If you have kids involved with sports, you know what it’s like trying to keep your sporting equipment in order. Instead of storing sporting goods in large bins (or scattered throughout the floor), create a bungee storage system on the wall to save tons of floor space.
Upgrade your garage floor to finish the space.
As you check off all of your garage makeover ideas, you might as well go all in: finish it off with a shiny epoxy floor coating. Epoxy resists chips, oil and grease stains, beads water and wipes clean like a kitchen counter.
Epoxy paints consist of a two-part application system follows by a sealing topcoat.
Inside The Garage, You Should Have
The ideal organization begins with sorting and inventory. Understanding what needs to be assembled will assist with the logical layout. Typical categories include:
(anything that is either cord or battery operated is considered a power tool)
From drills to saws to electric wrenches, these tools are necessary for most forms of maintenance. Even so, the garage owner will have an idea of what tools are used more often than others.
Keeping all power tools together, ideally on a raised shelf to prevent tripping hazards, the operator can begin to analyze which tools are used most frequently.
Chances are, for garage-based repair, the drill will be used more than an auger.
Ensure easy access to the most used tools in order to save time and prevent frustration by creating a smooth workflow.
Screwdrivers and socket wrenches, hammers, and pliers, handheld tools can often be the quickest way to solve a tricky issue. With these tools, it can often be tricky to prioritize the necessity.
Luckily, hundreds of designs of toolboxes are available. Find a toolbox suited to keep all these tools and spend a few minutes organizing these items.
A good piece of advice is to find a smaller, mobile toolkit and place in it the most frequented, and the most favoured pieces. As projects go on, the garage owner will gain an idea of what needs to be used.
As time passes, these most popular tools should be placed in the smaller toolbox. After some time, the toolset found therein will be perfectly suited to the most tedious jobs.
Every garage needs rags, and generally, these are best kept in a large plastic container. For those with plenty of rags or fabric material, two boxes can be used (one for clean and the other for used). These bins can generally be kept on the floor and are best suited to being placed near fluids.
From oil to antifreeze to lubricants, the fluids found in a garage are diverse. Ensuring that these containers are closed will assist with air quality and the fluid’s quality over time. Safely stored above ground level, these containers ought to be labelled clearly and be easy to access, ideally in a cabinet.
Small parts, like screws, nails, nuts, and bolts, while they seem minuscule, can take a great deal of time to identify, especially during a project. Taking the time to organize into small containers, these items will make for easy availability during a maintenance project, improving workflow.
From tires to metal sheets, large sections are best kept separate from the work area until they are specifically needed.
Finding a corner of the garage/shop to accommodate these items not only frees up floor space, but it also improves the flow of the garage and ensures that only necessary products are apparent.
Which is the best way to store small parts?
Storing small items adds to the efficiency and pleasant work experience. While there are many popular ways to store screws, nuts, and bolts, etc., there are many DIY methods that provide the same accessibility.
To start, find a permanent marker and a series of ten or so small containers. Anything from soup cans to paper cups can work, though a popular favourite is mason jars. Label the container and keep items sorted therein.
When is it time to upgrade?
Depending on the size of the garage, and the nature of the projects being completed, it can be asked when it is time to upgrade to a larger space. Should this question arise, a quick organization tip would be to reassess the surface area of the garage.
Is there anything taking up space that needn’t be there? Are things being appropriately stored?
If the answer is yes and additional space is still required, consider a shed to store large parts that are only rarely used, thus freeing up space for ease of movement and more demanding projects.
What sort of security is best?
Garages, whether they are housing motor vehicles, generally contain a cache of valuables that owners wish to protect. Some simple steps include keeping a limited number of keys and knowing who the key holders are, in order to ensure controlled access to the garage.
An additional step is to get motion sensor lights on the outside of the garage itself. Typically, there are options to add garage features to home security systems.
Features including everything from alarms to video recorders can be added to the garage, which is typically only something that is considered if theft is a concern.
Naturally, a neat and working garage is ideal, though it does highlight even more the need to protect the safety of the contents, and the home to which it may be attached.
When proper security and safety measures are taken, garage space is optimized, enabling that space to provide the amusement and high functionality of its design.