Does the inside of your garage look like this?
A study conducted by the Center on Everyday Lives of Families at the University of California, Los Angeles found that 75% of garages had no room to store a car. The typical garage was chaotic, holding 300-650 boxes, storage bins, and spillover items from the house (Read more about the study here). So if your garage looks like this, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Check out the following tips for an organized garage:
- Get rid of the clutter. Host a garage sale, post items on ebay, or take a trip to your local GoodWill store. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this? Do I absolutely need it?” Getting rid of unnecessary items is the first step in creating space for an organized garage.
- Measure around your car: Once everything is out of the garage, pull your car in and mark the floor on all sides. These marks will indicate how much storage room you have for items other than your vehicle.
- Group similar items together. Create categories such as tools, gardening supplies, and sporting equipment, and determine which area of the garage should to be used for which category. Having designated spaces will aid in organization and will make items easier to find.
- Take advantage of vertical wall space. Install simple accessories like cabinets, freestanding shelving units, pegboards, and storage racks to keep items from piling up on the floor. You can even install overhead storage systems to utilize ceiling space!
Here are some garage organization ideas to spark your imagination.
Do you have any garage organization secrets?