So your garage has been a mess for weeks and you have to organize. With a few tools and some elbow grease, you can get the job done faster and more efficiently. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you walk into a huge pile of crap.
Deep breath, take a pause, and make the first step which is often getting the materials you need such as hammer, screwdriver, level, drill, carpenter’s square, pencil, painter’s tape, foam cutter, and nails. From there, other steps can follow. In order for your garage to look orderly, there are a few things that you need to do.
1. Plan Where To Put Items
Plan where you will put things in your garage organization space. Draw a map of your garage storage space and markdown items you have on hand. Now it is time to decide where you want to put your shelving units, hooks, racks, etc. Make sure that you put nothing that will hinder your floor or door.
Also, think about a place for your bike so that it is out of the way when not in use. For
the shelves, you can decide to get handy and construct a DIY garage shelf or you
can employ help from a professional who can help you build one.
2. Buy Storage Bins and Boxes (Preferably With Wheels)
The best garage storage bins are storage bins that have wheels. Not only are they easy to move around, but they are very effective for organizing small spaces and they can hold many things.
Some options are small plastic storage bins, big heavy cardboard boxes with lids that can be stacked on top of one another, and individual bin-styled bins that fit in cabinets.
3. Customize Your Shelves
If you have a garage entryway, then you have a few options for organizing your items. The first is to put up shelves at the top of your garage wall. This is the best option if you want to keep your stuff up off of the floor. You can use wall stickers, paint, or carpet tape to customize your shelves. You can also use a high-mounted ceiling bin for this spot.
4. Make Use Of The Ceiling
If your garage has a large ceiling, you can use a small storage bin or a set of bookshelves on the ceiling. You can store all your small tools in this area for convenience.
Also, consider putting up wall shelves if you don’t have a very large ceiling space. These are great for organizing small items. There are also wall racks available for your garage door storage.
5. Make Use Of Wall Hooks
If your walls are concrete, then you might use wall hooks to organize your items. If you have a wall that is blank, then you can paint or add some type of finish to make it look neater. There are various types of hooks to choose from. Some are made of sturdy wood and others are made of heavy-duty wire.
6. Make Use Of Plastic Bags and Bins
Another great way to organize your garage is with plastic bags that attach to your garage door. There are many different styles to choose from. Most of them attach to the bottom of the garage door and allow you to hang it open while still keeping your stored items out of sight.
For a unique look, you can get vinyl bins that can be attached to your garage door. You can use these bins for various items like baseball cards, bikes, musical instruments, sporting equipment, holiday decorations and so much more. You will probably be surprised at how easy DIY garage organization can be when you use some creativity and planning.
7. Use Peg Boards
If you are feeling at a loss about what you want to do to get your garage organized, then you should wall pegboards. Pegboards are simply boards that you can buy in any hardware store or home improvement store. You can either paint them in a variety of colors or stain them so they look nice and blend with the wall.
You can also get specialty pegboards that have small holes cut into them so that you can hang matching ladders from them. You could even use these holes to hang things like brooms and shovels.
8. Peg Board Shelves
Another great idea for a DIY garage organization is to add shelving to your garage ceiling. You can do this with a set of pegboard shelves. These shelves can either be adjustable or are fixed to the garage door itself. The adjustable shelves usually take up less space, but the fixed ones are sturdy and can hold a lot more stuff. You can use these to hold books, a small TV, a DVD player, and a CD player.