"Make the Most of Your Garage Space"
Have you ever stood in your driveway wondering how you're going to get your car into the garage? You see boxes, trash cans, sports equipment, tools and bicycles, but no space for your automobile. If you have this issue, you're going to love this week's blog! Take a look at seven ways to maximize the storage space in your garage so you can put your car back where it belongs.
7 Ways to Maximize the Storage Space in Your Garage
- Reuse an Old Garbage Can. Try storing all of the kids' baseball bats, softball bats, tennis rackets and field hockey sticks in an old metal garbage can. This will keep the bats and other equipment out from underfoot and the kids will be able to find them right away when the warm weather comes around again.
- Invest in a Durable Metal Shelf. A simple four tier metal shelf can hold and organize a lot of small items in your garage. For instance, you could use one shelf for muddy boots and shoes. Another shelf could be home to clay flower pots, watering cans and small garden tools. Other ideas for things to put on your four tier shelf include work goggles, a small bag of cat litter, seed packets, a portable battery charger and bottles of motor oil or antifreeze.
- A Container for the Garden Hose. Trying to wrap a lengthy garden hose into a neat coil is an extremely frustrating task. You may even end up throwing the hose onto the garage floor where it takes up about four feet of space. I recommend you keep your garden hose in a pot. You can find garden hose pots of clay, metal and even copper-plated ones. A hose pot helps to keep your garden hose in good condition and takes up very little room on the garage floor.
- Put Up a Pegboard. If you already have a pegboard in your garage, then you're ahead of the game! You can hang hand tools on a pegboard along with small plastic containers full of nails, screws, nuts, washers, etc. A pegboard is a versatile item that is great for keeping items organized and off the floor.
- Purchase Some Wall Hooks. Putting durable hooks on your garage wall is an effective way to store the tools that you use every day. You can get hooks that hold rakes, brooms and shovels. There are even hooks designed to hold wheelbarrows. Also, if you have several bicycles that are taking up space in your garage, try looking for bicycle hooks. Hang your kid's bicycle on the wall and it won't end up under the wheels of your car.
- Select a Plastic Cabinet with Drawers. A durable, plastic cabinet with three or four drawers can be the perfect place to store items away from mice and other rodents that may find shelter in your garage. Work gloves, deflated pool toys, clean rags and work aprons are all things to put into your plastic drawers.
- Utilize Overhead Racks. Many garages have overhead racks located near the garage door. I suggest you use this space for plastic bins filled with lightweight items such as pool toys, old clothes, tennis balls and holiday decorations. Keep these items safe and out of the way at the same time.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Happy organizing and thanks for reading.-Alan