How to Take Control of Your Garage


Is your garage overflowing with boxes, tools, gardening supplies, sports equipment, and more? Are you having trouble finding space to park your car in the garage? If so, you might want to consider a garage storage system. From ceiling to floor, your garage has the potential to store a lot of your belongings! The key is to optimize the space in order to store as much as possible without having it look (and function) like a giant pile of clutter and confusion. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you take control of your garage:

  • Look up.
    Your garage has an entire surface that is probably hardly being used: The ceiling. Many people choose to store their bicycles suspended from the ceiling. This gets them out of the way and keeps them safe from being knocked over. Bicycles on the ceiling won’t get damaged and, even better, they won’t topple against your vehicles, leaving ugly (and expensive to fix) dents, dings and scratches. Most of the time, bicycles are suspended by some type of lift or pulley system, so you won’t have to get out your ladder in order to go for a bike ride.
  • Have cabinets installed.
    Clutter always looks cleaner if it’s contained. You can hide your tools and other garage supplies behind closed doors by having custom garage cabinets installed. You can also buy garage cabinets at a home improvement store. Generally, professionally designed and installed cabinets will be secured to the wall studs and will sit off of the ground, while the type you buy yourself will sit on the garage floor. Look for things like thick, sturdy shelving and materials that will be easily maintained.
  • Line the walls with shelves.
    Garage shelving can run the gamut from wood to metal to plastic. You can install these from floor level up to the ceiling, if you wanted to. On the shelves themselves, a variety of bins and boxes will help keep your smaller items organized and prevent them from falling behind the shelving. Be sure to anchor any shelving to the wall studs if you take this on as a DIY project to prevent them from falling over.
  • Use your wall space.
    In addition to shelving, you can also install gridwall or slatwall garage organization systems. These allow you to use a variety of hooks to hold items like hand tools, gardening tools and small sports equipment. The systems often come with baskets that can also attach to the grids or slats, and you can place a variety of small items in these. You can also use hooks to hold items like brooms, shovels and rakes. While your garage has 400 square feet of floor space, it’s wise to also consider the large amount of wall space that the room offers you, and to make the most of it.

When it comes to organizing your garage, you need to have the correct tools. Make good use of the wide variety of garage organizers available, and you might even find that you have time to park the car!


Author Darria Deatherage . Darria is the owner of Closet Gallery and serves the greater Sacramento, CA area. Closet Gallery specializes in custom closets,custom garage and storage organizer systems.

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