Four Steps to a Spic and Span Garage

A garage is a home for your cars. However, if you’re just like most homeowners, your garage is likely loaded with a multitude of things that have nothing to do with your vehicles. Your lawn mower, bicycle, and garden tractors are probably tucked in one corner of the room. Cans of paint, wood slabs and other materials, on the other hand, are probably lying around somewhere on your garage floor.

Whatever sundry acquisitions you have in your garage right now, they are taking up a lot of valuable floor space that you can otherwise use for other important purposes. In such case, it is important to claim back your garage and the first step to do this is to keep everything organized. Below is a four-step plan you can follow to better organize your garage space.

Empty it out

Reclaiming the original purpose of your garage – personal parking space for your vehicles – and be able to use it up as a tool haven is no easy feat. With all the stuff you’ve stashed in it over the years, you’ll have lots of cleaning out to do in order to get room for more. Hence, the first step to achieve your gearhead paradise is to clear it out. Take all the items out on your driveway and weed out out all the junk you don’t need that are taking up precious space and keep only the ones you will use.

Clean it up

Once you’ve emptied your garage, clean it up from floor to ceiling. Patch sheetrock where necessary and fix up damaged flooring. It’s also wise to seal gaps and cracks to prevent moist from getting into your garage.

Draft things out

Of course, you won’t be able to realize the true potentials of your garage without a solid plan in place. So take measurements and draft down a floor plan based on how you would like your garage to look like once it is organized. Include details where you will be placing your storage systems.

Regardless how your floor plan turns out, it is likely that you will be needing more storage solutions to hold all your stuff. At the most, you need to have built-in shelves, wall rack, and overhead storage in place. You should also invest in transparent stackable bins where you can corral other contents and ensure that they won’t clutter the floor.

Organize your stuff

When you have assembled all your storage solutions based on the floor plan you did, the next step is for you to categorize and organize all your stuff. Decide which items you’ll frequently use, such as cleaning supplies and garbage bags, and relegate them in a shelf that is nearest to the door. Use the rest of your built-in shelves to hold items like paint cans, buckets, automotive supplies, pots, etc. Arrange them by category and put similar items together. It would be helpful if you stash smaller items inside the stackable bins and put identification labels in each container before you place them on the shelves.

Seasonal items such as lawn mowers, snow blower, and weed-trimmers should never be kept in a corner as they will eat up a lot of space. Instead, tuck them under a shelf unit. As for your gardening tools keep them off the floor by hanging them on a wall rack using hooks and clips.

Finally, look up when storing infrequently used space hogs like bikes, snow tires, camping gears and holiday décors. Your garage ceiling is a prime real estate that provides a lot of storage space. With a few hooks here and there or with a hoist pulley system installed, you can keep these large stuff off the floor.

This article was written on behalf of Steel Buildings Design. Steel Buildings Design is a company in the UK that designs, supplies and erects a wide variety of steel buildings, including steel garages, hangars, automotive shops, and agricultural structures just to name a few.