Tired of not being able to park in your garage? Get it together with these six tips!
My family and I recently spent some time with my in-laws in Indiana. My father-in-law reorganized his garage this year, so I spent a little time walking through his garage, admiring how everything was stored. It made me think back to some other garages I’ve helped organize in the past, and I realized that many of them have a few things in common. If you’re ready to get your garage in order, here are a few tips to get you started:
Sort by Uses
When I was visiting my in-laws and walking through their garage, I noticed that they had a few sections of pegboard mounted on different walls. As I glanced at what was kept on each section, it became clear that my father-in-law had a system. For example, the section that stored his hand saws, levels, and vices was near where he performed wood working. Everything he would need was within arm’s reach of his sawhorses.
As with any organizing project, it always makes sense to keep like items together. By keeping all your painting supplies together, all your landscaping tools together, and all your sporting equipment together, you’ll be able to find everything easier when you need an item.
Once all your like items are put together, it’s also important to put them in to a basket, bin, or other container. Small items can get separated and lost, so find a good container to help keep them in their spot. I like to use canvas bins to hold balls and other sporting equipment, and plastic boxes and bins to contain almost everything else. Check home improvement, department, and dollar stores to find just the right containers to keep your items together.
Use Pegboard for Tools
If you or someone in your home is a tool person, then this next tip is for you! I took this picture at my in-laws. My father-in-law has an extensive collection of tools, and he uses them on a regular basis. Rather than keep them in a tool box that would have to be hauled out for each project, he keeps all the tools visibly mounted on large pieces of pegboard that he installed on the walls. Each tool has a home, and he always knows exactly where each tool is. It makes grabbing the right tool super easy, and it is also a wow factor when you walk in to the garage and see a wall full of small tools!