A garage is an excellent place to store equipment, gardening supplies, and holiday decorations. So good, in fact, that many people have filled it to the gills and there is no room left for the car. Once the area begins to resemble a warehouse, it is time to do some reorganization. Here is how to store things in the garage without creating hazardous conditions. Once you are finished, the car can reclaim its rightful spot.
You will need:
• Large plastic bins that have lids and are stackable
• Freestanding or attached cabinet or shelving system
• Wall hooks for tools and bikes
• Ceiling-mounted bike storage rack (optional)
• 4-inch plywood
Step 1: Take inventory of what is contained in the garage and make some downsizing decisions. Throw away any broken items. Make a pile of things that are no longer needed and donate them or sell them at a yard sale.
Step 2: Reorganize everything that is being kept, grouping like items together. Create one pile for sporting and workout gear, another for yard equipment and supplies, a third for auto repair, and so forth.
Step 3: Store camping supplies, gardening tools, and hand tools in the large plastic bins. Designate one bin for each category of item. Label the bins so contents are easy to identify.
Step 4: Install a cabinet or shelving system along the garage walls. Depending on your preference, this can be either a freestanding or attached system. If the garage is only large enough to fit one car, hang shelves above the car roof. Begin filling the shelves, designating a different area for each category of item. The heaviest items should be stored on the lowest shelves.
Step 5: Attach hooks to the walls and hang shovels, brooms, rakes, and folding chairs from them.
Step 6: If there is enough room along the walls, line these with the bicycles. If not, hang the bikes on hooks on the walls or use a ceiling-mounted bike storage system.
Step 7: Lay the plywood in garage rafters to form a storage loft. Make a wall ladder or install a freestanding ladder to get easy access to the area.