7 Tips and Easy Fixes for an Organized Garage!

With just little time and planning, you can transform your garage from a cluttered mess to an organized, convenient oasis. Here are some easy ways to overhaul your garage quickly:

  1. Sort the contents of your garage into “keep,” “sell/giveaway,” and “toss” piles. If you’re hesitating about a certain item, remember the two year rule: if you haven’t used or worn something in two years, it’s time to let it go.
  2. Group the “keep” pile by season (or by use) so that these items can be stored together when you put them back inside the garage.
  3. Install cabinets or roll in free-standing, open shelving units, if you don’t have them already, for effective, off the ground storage. Bins and boxes in an array of sizes and shapes can be added for extra convenience.
  4. Suspend overhead bins or an over the car hood rack from ceiling joists. If you’ve got a high ceiling in your garage you can turn the overhead space into a storage bonanza.
  5. Wall racks can be installed for easy access to athletic equipment, yard work gear, and tools.
  6. Station recycling bins near the entrance to your home for easy sorting and disposal. Invest in recycling bin racks/brackets to hang on your wall, very convenient and save space. Send us an email and we can point you to a store that sells them.
  7. Create a workbench with pegboard paneling above it for displaying tools and, alongside it, cabinets or shelves for storing other tool gear.

Avoid damage to your car and the garage wall by marking off the parking zone within your garage. Use coloured electrical tape or spray paint to designate the drive in stopping point, or suspend a tennis ball from the ceiling so that it hangs at the spot where you need to stop.

Oil dribbles are pretty much a given in a well-trafficked garage or carport. Place a garage floor mat or a pan lined with cardboard under cars and leaking machinery to intercept drips. There are all sorts of products available for removing oil spills, but none work better than ordinary clay based cat litter. If the stains are fresh, cover them with cat litter, wait about an hour and sweep it up. For old stains pour paint thinner on the stain, cover with cat litter, wait 12 hours, and then sweep clean.

Close the gaps around your garage door with weather stripping. You can create a good seal between the bottom of the garage door and the floor by tacking 3/4 inch foam pipe insulation to the bottom of the door, with the slit side of the insulation facing down. To keep the insulation out of sight when the door is closed, set it back about 1/2 inch from the door’s front edge.

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