If you're finally going to throw out that old fridge and a pair of skis from a trip 10 years ago, use these following tips to help get your garage organized:
Tip #1: Decide what you are going to store there. Organizers will tell you that things start getting messy when the space isn't defined. Too many homeowners treat their garages like their only personal storage unit, throwing anything and everything into it until it becomes almost impossible to park the car there. Decide what items you are going to store in the garage. It's the first step for organizing, and it allows you to plan out what cabinets or other organizers you need to buy. For example, if you have a lot of outdoor tools, consider buying a hardware drawer and keeping your tools there.
Tip #2: Make a plan. Now that you know what you're going to keep in the garage make a plan of what storage options you want to install. Garage cabinets are a perfect place to put odds and ends, and sporting equipment. A garage workbench is a useful addition for the do-it-yourself homeowner. To plan accurately, measure out the garage space, and how much room you have to add cabinets and other organizers. Make sure to account for your car.
Tip #3: Just because it is the garage doesn't mean it has to be boring. Once you start shopping for garage cabinets, you'll notice the selection is bigger than expected. These cabinets come in all colors and styles, just like kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Use this opportunity to let your creative juices flow. For example, if you are buying the cabinets for a garage workroom, design a workroom that fits you. In the end, you'll find the entire space much more inviting.
Garages are built for cars, but they are used for other purposes too. Many people enjoy woodworking, and will keep their tool box and work bench in there as well. Storage of other items also tends to migrate to the garage as closets are cleaned of clutter. Soon enough, it's difficult to get in and out of the car and work on hobbies with so much stuff lying around. The solution is obvious, getting some cabinets with shelves to serve as garage organizers can tidy things up. There are many organizer storage units available. On one end, there are aesthetically pleasing wood cabinets, labels on each shelf, and maybe even some drawers. On the other side of the garage storage spectrum, there is something as simple as some aluminum metal shelving to do the trick. It just depends on the price range people are working with, as well as the garage's layout. Asking friends and family for their ideas is always a great way to get some outside perspectives, and they may have experience in this area themselves. To find a company that sells the cheaper metal shelving and lockers you assemble yourself, look online and in the yellow pages for stores that have storage solutions. To find a company that can construct the stylish wood garage cabinets of your dreams, the yellow pages and internet are still the best places to start your search. You can also have a closet constructed or an outside shed as other possible solutions. Once you have found a few companies that carry the shelves you are looking for, start comparing prices, installation services, and read customer reviews. If storage is an issue in your garage, a shelf can be a great place to start; see if it helps, and move from there.