Is your garage a jumbled mess? Garages can become the place where our miscellaneous bits and bobs end up, but we have some simple tips for getting organised and saving space.
You should start organising with a blank slate. Take absolutely everything out of the garage – place it on tarps on the lawn or driveway. Then sort everything into categories and put any duplicates in piles to be donated or thrown out. Once everything’s out of the garage give the space a good sweep out. You could even take this opportunity to give the walls a fresh coat of paint.
Either install hooks, a slat wall, or a peg wall and have different sections for your tools – gardening equipment on one side, hardware on the other. If you have a lot of sporting equipment make a section for that too.
It’s not just your walls that are wasted space – the ceiling is another oft-missed storage area. Screw in secure hooks to hang bikes from, and install racks or hanging shelving for surfboards, skis, fishing rods, and other bulky stuff.
Repurpose storage solutions
Magnetic spice racks are ideal for grouping and storing small items like screws, nails, nuts, bolts, and washers. They’ll be so much easier to find the next time you have a dripping tap to fix or a painting to hang. Alternatively, save up your jam jars to use for this purpose. You can store them vertically by nailing each lid to a wooden board or straight onto the wall, then fill the jars and screw them onto the fixed lids. As the bottom of the jar will be visible it’s easy to see what’s in each jar.
Paint and poisons
If you have kids or pets it’s important for you to store paint, turpentine, weed killer, and heavy duty cleaning products somewhere out of reach of little hands. A good way to do this is to store them in repurposed school lockers. You can then lock poisonous and corrosive liquids safely inside and keep the key high up on a hook.
While you’re organising your hazardous liquids cupboard see how full your paint tins are. If the paint is nowhere near the high water mark decant it into jars so it takes up less room.
If you’ve got surfers in your family you’re probably used to having wetsuits drying over your balcony railings. Give them their own space to drip dry and store by installing a wardrobe rail and furnishing it with coat hangers. This is also a good place to keep gardening clothes, fishing waders, and snow gear.
Label, label, label
Get your hands on a label maker and go crazy. Any containers that you can’t see through – label them. Anything you’ve decanted into a smaller jar – label it. Then label your shelves and cupboards so you know what’s supposed to live there. If you think you might reorganise in the near future you could paint label spots with chalkboard paint so they’re easy to switch up.