How To Organize Your Garage
Five steps for getting your garage to be the envy of the neighborhood!
Before we talk about how to organize your garage, let's look at the why. More and more people are starting to look at their garage as an extension of their living space, it is often used for entertaining because in most cases it is the largest room in the house. For that reason alone investing some time and money in the garage to get it organized and looking good rewards a good return on your investment.
Realtors and real estate agents across the country say that a well-maintained garage increases your house value. Don't believe me? Take a read at this article: 12 Garage Upgrades That Will Increase the Value of Your Home.
I know organizing the garage may seem like a daunting, time-consuming task but it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, there are 5 super easy ways how to organize your garage.
1. Garage Cabinets
Above all, he most effective way to organize your garage is by using garage storage cabinets.
Garage cabinets allow you to store as many things as you want, without making your garage a mess.
I'm sure you have nails, hammers, and drills spread across your garage. Doesn't that stress you out? Your garage doesn't have to be a place that you dread being in. I know buying a garage storage can be a bit expensive but have in mind that your garage is an investment, just like any other room in your house.
There are a lot of options for garage cabinets but how do you choose the right one?
Well, it's not hard to narrow down your choices. What I can tell you off the bat is to not buy garage cabinets from Lowe's or Home Depot. When buying from a retail store such as those two, you can't choose the size you need or the color you want. The garage cabinets that those stores sell are pre-made which means you have to take what they give you which gives you limited options in color, sizes, and material.
Don't invest your money on something you won't be happy with. Invest your money in custom garage cabinets.
Buying custom garage cabinets allow you to customize everything about your garage cabinets.
Find out how choosing the size, color and material are important when it comes to garage cabinets.
Choosing the size allows you to be able to add as many drawers you need and have them all different sizes. If your garage layout is not the best and your space is very limited than a custom-fit system will be easier to fit within the space.
The color of your garage cabinets is certainly very important. A big part of getting your garage organized is for it to also look aesthetically pleasing. You don't want to have all your garage cabinets to be different colors. Have your garage cabinets match the color of your walls or even the color of your cars. Choosing the color you want is just another plus of having custom cabinets.
If you want your garage cabinets to last you a very long time then make sure it's powder-coated. Powder-coat is a top coat which protects the wood and makes it resistant to moisture, grease or wear. All which are great because at some point you will probably spill some kind of liquid onto the cabinets or have moisture. Also, a lot of the items you store in your garage are heavy which means you need the powder-coat to be able to hold the weight.
Here is a link to customized garage cabinets that have a 10-year warranty and a lifetime warranty on Hardware. They will replace or repair any defective product and material. A warranty or product quality you can't find at your retail store.
You can also organize your garage on a budget. Garage cabinets are definitely not the only place where you can store your tools.
Having a Slatwall in your garage is also a great way to store your tools.
Slatwall has a heavy-duty inter-locking panel that goes right on your wall. This allows you to store things that may or may not fit in your garage cabinets. You can hang things like, shovels, gardening tools and even a bicycle.
Having a garage wall storage is the perfect decision if your garage gets flooded during rainy season. It helps keep your tools away from any water or liquid that may go into your garage.
A unique feature about the slatwall is that you can also customize it just like your garage cabinets. There are a variety of colors and slatwall accessories you can choose from, all to fit your needs.
I will run through some of the storage accessories you can buy. I say some because there are a lot of accessories you can get, but it would take us hours to get through them all.
Individual hooks allow you to store extension cords, racks, ladders, wrenches
Sports equipment accessories
Sports equipment accessories are a great for sport enthusiasts. These hooks allow you to hang all sorts of sporting equipment. You can store anything from a fishing poles to a couple of bicycles.
You can get shelves that are powered-coated wire construction finish that are rust-resistant. A maximum weight capacity can go from 75 lbs. up to 125 lbs.
Having a transparent bin storage helps you get a complete view of your small items. Screws and nails can fit perfectly in these bins.
A HandiWALL™ slatwall can be key when you are trying to find ways to organize your garage. Not only that but, your slatwall can also be aesthetically pleasing, especially if you combine it with stylish garage cabinets.
3. Overhead garage storage racks
Another smart way to organize your garage is by adding overhead garage storage racks.
Overhead garage storage systems are a cheap way to add extra garage ceiling storage. You probably think that an overhead storage is only to store lightweight objects... but it's not. You can choose from three different types of racks and that hold anywhere from 300 lbs. up to 600 lbs. All that weight without your ceiling coming down, crazy, right? The overhead storage racks are installed via a floating rail system. This allows the racks to be on any ceiling, including pitched ceilings.
There are 3 types of racks you can get:
2' x 8' Overhead Rack
4' x 4' Overhead Rack
4' x 8' Overhead Rack
These three types of racks allow you to store an assortment of things. You can store boxes full of seasonal clothes, holiday decorations or anything else that doesn't fit inside your house.
4. Tire storage rack
If you have tires in your garage, there's a solution specifically for that.
A tire storage rack is a great idea for storing all types of tires in your garage.
Did you know, it's best to store your tires vertically rather than horizontally? If you store them vertically, it reduces stress and tire distortion.
The tire storage racks go right on your wall. Making this another way to clear up your garage floor.
There are two types of tire storage racks you should know about.
Adjustable tire storage rack
This rack allows you to store tires and wheels of varying sizes. You can adjust the width and depth of the telescopic tubes. Making it a perfect fit for your tires, no matter the size.
A folding rack folds up against the wall when not in use, keeping it out of the way. This also can be mounted at widths from 32" to 48".
Tip: If you plan on buying tire racks, make sure they are heavy-duty. This allows you to store up to 400 lbs.
Having a garage storage doesn't mean your garage will always remain clean. You will most likely have trash and dirt inside your garage storage system that you will need to clean up. Or maybe you rather vacuum the inside of your car and if you're anything like me, you probably use your bulky house vacuum to do that. Which is smart because it sucks all the dust and dirt but your vacuum doesn't stretch far or has enough power to do the job well.
Have you ever started vacuuming your car and had to constantly move the vacuum because the hose doesn't stretch far? It's very annoying. It's more annoying when you are doing all that work and your vacuum doesn't have enough power to suck all the dirt up.
That's why it's very convenient to have a GarageVac.
The GarageVac is a compact wall-mounted self-contained garage vacuum system. When I say compact, I mean only 30-inches long, 15-inches wide and about 5-inches deep. Talk about a small vacuum.
Best feature? The hose on the GarageVac can stretch up to 40-feet and shrinks to only 8-feet when you wrap it around the GarageVac.
This feature makes it super easy to vacuum hard to reach places in your car and garage.
Now, you will have a much easier time keeping your newly organized garage looking great.
Installation is simple and only takes about 5 minutes. The GarageVac is available in 3 colors and comes with a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
This, in fact, would be a great addition to your new garage slat wall configuration!
After you read the 5 ways you can organize your garage, you certainly found out that you don't need to spend the big bucks to have a garage storage. You also don't need to think of extraordinary things to make your garage more resourceful. These 5 garage storage ideas are things that maybe you didn't know could be so useful when it comes to organizing your garage. Don't stress about your garage too much. The most difficult part is getting started.
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