Now that the warm weather is here, it's the perfect time to organize some of your outdoor spaces...especially the garage! Like basements and attics, garages too often become "catch-all" areas and can quickly get overwhelmed with clutter. Especially for those with little kids, the bikes, riding toys, and sports equipment take up a lot of space. Here are some tips to help you reclaim your garage:
-If possible, pull everything out, and sort it by type (sports equipment, bikes/toys, tools, etc.). At that point you can purge any excess items, as well as figuring out the best way to store each type of item.
-Go vertical! Walls are an often unused storage option, and can be especially helpful in garages. You can hang ladders, bikes, chairs, tools, and other items on the wall, using items as simple as "U" hooks or pegboards.
-Maximize the vertical space even further by building shelves in your garage. This is a great option for the large items (i.e. riding toys), as well as outdoor decorations. Be sure to measure the items you'll be storing before the shelves are built, to ensure they will fit. The bottom shelf can even be tall enough to put items like kids' bikes, riding toys, and strollers.
-A simple pegboard or wall rack can be used to store tools, brooms, shovels, etc.
-A freestanding cabinet is a great option for some of the smaller items in your garage: car wash supplies, gardening tools, windshield washer, oil, and other liquid items, etc. The shorter shelves allow you to fit more items, and a unit can fit easily against a wall or in a corner.
- There are many options for storing sports equipment, including golf clubs, balls, bats, racquets, etc. Here are several found on Amazon, both of which are less than $50.
-Although your kids' bikes most likely get used often and need to be easily accessible, a floor bike rack can be helpful to keep them stable and organized. This one from Amazon retails for less than $50!
-Wall bike racks are a good option for bikes that are used less often, or during the cold months when bikes aren't being ridden.
-Ceiling storage unit. The ceiling is another option for storage, and there are units ranging from around $50 (for a basic shelf) up to $150 (for a motorized unit that raises and lowers). Home Depot and other similar stores sell units like these.
Organizing your garage doesn't have to be complicated or expensive! With an afternoon of free time and less than a few hundred dollars, you can get the clutter under control and your cars into the garage.