Inexpensive Ways to Organize a Garage
Ideas for making the most out of your garage storage space
By Josienita Borlongan
Many people use their garages as storage rooms, instead of a place for their cars. A garage can easily become a dumping ground or a catch-all room for all of the "stuff" people own. If you organize your garage to keep your items neatly stored you can kill two birds with one stone -- you can use your garage to store extra household items and a car or two.
Shelves and Cabinets
Build shelves using particleboard or MDF (medium density fiberboard), and build the shelves in varying depths. Install 12-inch deep shelves on the walls. Build deeper shelves up high to store bigger boxes with rarely used items such as seasonal decorations, toys or boxed tax records and paperwork. Buy inexpensive cabinets available at home improvement stores to hold smaller boxed items, carpentry tools, paint cans and garden tools.
Hooks and Peg-Boards
Hold bicycles, helmets, backpacks and garden hoses using heavy-duty hooks that you can screw into the wall. Hang garden tools, carpentry tools, cords and ropes on Peg-Boards. Purchase these items from home improvement stores. Organize items with ready-to-assemble wire shelves. Use the top part to hold boxes and hang cords, hoses and ropes on the lower portion in between the wires using "S" hooks.
Baskets, Buckets, Boxes, and Bins
Organize outdoor toys and trinkets by using baskets. Place small garden or carpentry tools inside buckets. Buckets serve two purposes, as organizers and carriers. Use the buckets to carry the tools when needed and then put them on a shelf after each use. Purchase inexpensive but durable plastic bins to hold things. You can also purchase plastic or plywood storage containers, bins, and drawers at retailers or even at garage sales. Use durable boxes to store items. Boxes are less expensive than plastic bins. Keep the boxes on shelves or cover them with heavy-duty plastics so that they will not get wet if water enters the garage.
Labeling Containers and Placing Items
Group similar items together and place them in their own respective bins. Label each bin and stack them up to save space. Put items you use often on top to make them easier to find and return to their original spot. Place heavier items below to act as support and to prevent the stack from toppling over. Organize smaller items such as nails, screws, staples, nuts and bolts in plastic trays, or opt for clear glass jars (such as a cleaned out jar of jam) with lids.
About the Author
Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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