If there is one place that is in most of the cases underutilized in the home then it is the garage. Apart from using it for storing the car and other car related accessories most people use the garage for different activities which may not look right which makes keeping the place tidy such a difficult task. The garage is designed for specific items apart from storing the car and in this post you will get access to garage storage ideas you can implement now for a more tidy and well-arranged garage.
The important thing in this case is to find ways to organize the mess that you can start doing right away, that you can do using the things you have in your home already and that you can do in bits and pieces or all in one fell swoop one weekend. We suggest pizza, beer and lots of friends! So here are our top 10 garage storage ideas that you can start using right now to get that garage into shape.
Time to Use Those Old Plastic Jars
If you have kids or you’re a peanut butter lover (or Nutella or honey or many other things), odds are that you’ve had these plastic jars with lovely thick lids kicking around. Start saving them, washing them up and using them. Jars can be used for all kinds of storage, from nails and screws to wire, string, and nuts and bolts. You can then keep them off the floor by screwing them to a piece of wood on the wall by their lids. This keeps them tidy and you can unscrew the jars easily from their lids in order to get what’s inside. No more nails on the floor or lost in various drawers!
You have to think outside the, er, garage sometimes! Kitchen storage jars, such as ones you can scoop up in dollar stores for example make great storage containers for things like nails, screws, bolts and even small tools if you’re so inclined. They’re transparent which makes it easy to see what’s inside and they can be packed flush with each other to maximize space on a shelf.
Plastic or metal planter boxes are generally used for, well, plants, but they can also work amazingly well in your garage. You can do things like hang them on the wall to store things like cleaning supplies, brushes, cloth, wax and other things and even hang hooks off them to hold things like gloves and long handled brushes. They’re small and lightweight so they won’t take up a lot of space, but they can hold quite a bit of miscellaneous bits and pieces that would otherwise end up scattered all over the place. Like the kitchen jars, you can often find planter boxes in dollar stores or in a hardware store.
A shoe rack made from plastic and cloth which is hung from a doorway and has sleeves to hold shoes are popular because they take up little space and can hold a lot. But they don’t have to hold shoes! Those pockets can hold all kinds of things, from dirty gardening shoes to paint to cords and all manner of other things! Depending on the size of the ‘rack’, you can hold quite a lot and then simply hang it on the wall and you have stuff out of the way and in easy reach.
PVC Pipe Storage
I rather like this idea because PVC piping is something which in itself gets in the way if you have bits of it left. You can turn small pieces of piping into great holders for your yard tools such as rakes and shovels. Simply cut out smaller sections, nail them to the wall and then slide your tools in, one to a pipe. It’s tidy, it recycles the bits and it keeps everything from falling over and becoming a menace to have under foot.
If you’ve done any project recently with plastic lattice, such as a new small fence or something of the like, then you probably have some chunks leftover. Repurpose them into a great way to store pipe and trim! Simple hang the lattice off some wood off the ceiling and then you can string the pipes or trim or anything else through the gaps in the lattice. It’s a green solution and a rather elegant one for those unwieldy bars of metal and plastic.
Store the Chairs
Lawn chairs are nice, but they take up quite a bit of space-even folded-and they get dingy. Keep them off the floor by hanging them up. All you have to do is nail some pieces of scrap wood at a thirty degree angle off your wall to create ‘hooks’ and then hang your folded chair from them. This keeps your garage cleaner and those chairs get a life extension since they won’t be getting banged and damaged all winter.
Don’t Kick a Can!
Tin cans, such as those from tomato paste, sauces, etc., can be easily repurposed to hold things like paint brushes, pens, pencils and other little tools. Simply drill a hole into the side and then hang it from a hook! You can also decorate the cans so they’re not so boring.
Lots of open shelves not only give you plenty of room, they also keep you honest. The problem with things like cabinets is that it’s far too easy to go ‘out of sight, out of mind’ and create a mess! Open shelves means that you have to look that mess in the face all the time meaning you’ll be more likely to clean it up. Plus things like wire shelves or large plastic shelves are affordable and often very sturdy.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling!
This is one you may have to save some cash for, but the garage does have extra storage space if you look up! By installing something as simple as slotted wood and using Tupperware ‘drawers’ or as complicated as bicycle/kayak rig, you can add a whole new dimension of space to your garage and get larger things or things you only use seasonally out of the way with ease.
So there you have it, some easy ways to get some garage storage and some organization into that most dreaded of household areas! Now time to order the pizza, blackma-I mean, ask a few friends for help and get to tidying up for spring!