4 Great Ways to Get Your Garage Organized

DuPage County garage organization professionalsWhen thinking of all the different ways you could update your garage, you might easily forget the primary purpose for garages in the first place: to provide storage for your car and other items. Unlike most parts of your house, the garage lends itself particularly well to clever organization and storage systems, especially when you are dealing with a diverse cornucopia of things that need a home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your garage organized while also saving space.  

Ideas for Garage Storage That Work Well

The primary goal when it comes to organizing your garage is to figure out ways to optimize storage capacity. Most garages are small, and space can be limited, particularly if you intend to keep your car in the garage. Due to this, you need to determine how best to store things without taking up too much space. Some possible ideas to achieve this goal include:

  1. Using the Walls—You would be surprised at how many different tools and other items you can fit on a wall. By placing these things flush against a wall, including even fairly large tools, it can seem like making them flat, since they no longer take up space on the floor. To enable effective use of the walls for storage, you might want to consider some of these handy options:
    • Pegboards and Other Paneling—Pegboards are simple ways to place small tools and other items on the wall with continued easy access while using very little real estate. In fact, pegboards can be used to secure not just small tools, but also rakes, brooms, shovels, and other larger pieces of equipment to the wall.
    • Magnetic Strips—If you do not have space for pegboards, you can also consider using magnetic strips, which can be added virtually anywhere, including across walls, on workbenches, and along shelving.
    • Hangers and Hooks—These can be attached to the walls and ceiling of your garage, and if they are used creatively, they can save space and create an interesting atmosphere in the garage.
    • Racks and Shelves—While these may be a more obvious option, they can provide valuable storage space to begin a serious organization of your garage.
  2. Using the Ceiling—Possibly one of the most common uses of ceiling space is to hang bicycles. This can be especially helpful, because bikes can take up significant space in your garage, and other pieces of equipment may also be stored in this manner. Decreasing the amount of overhead clearance in your garage can be a welcome compromise that opens up floor space for other items.
  3. Labeling—You can apply the same methods you use to organize your office to your garage space. This means grouping items in specific categories and creating clear labels that are easy to understand. Labeling could be done in several ways, including:
    • With Words—An affordable label-maker from the local office supply store will make labeling with words a breeze.
    • With Color—Color-coding is another option. This can allow you to group items by similar categories, while providing a more aesthetically pleasing (and colorful) way of organizing your garage.
  4. Installing a Multifunctional Workbench—Workbenches do not just have to be flat surfaces to complete work on. If you are inventive with your workbench, you might be able to include hidden cabinets, equipment used for specific crafts or projects, and other spaces where you can store the items you use often.

Contact a Downers Grove Garage Renovation Professional

As you work to organize your garage, you might come across a few things that could use some serious work, such as replacement windows, new siding or roofing, a new electric garage door opener, or any other number of major garage projects. Call our Chicago-area custom garage experts at 630-852-8485 to learn how we can help you create the perfect garage to meet your family’s needs.

 

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