Tuesday, June 22nd by Katelyn Williams
Organizing your garage is easier than you might think.
For most people, our garages are the last thing we see when we leave the house and the first thing we see when we come home. So why have our garages become a cluttered landing zone for all our “stuff?” Don’t want to look at that broken lamp that you’ve been meaning to fix? Throw it in the garage. Kids’ toys taking over the house? To the garage they go. Need a place to store holiday and seasonal decoration? You guessed it; throw those puppies in the garage!
So, what if we told you that you can have your garage and enjoy it too!
Let’s walk through some simple steps you can take to organize and transform your garage your home’s cluttered junk drawer to something you can be happy to see every time you open your garage door. Follow along!
We get it — getting rid of things can be difficult. But by cleaning out unused items from your garage will free up space that you didn’t know you had! Ready? Let’s start organizing by taking everything out of your space. As you take out each item, put them into one of three piles:
This is a simple one! Once you know how much space you have to work with and how many items you need to fit back into your garage, start dreaming about how you want to use your space. Do you just need to get everything picked up so you can park your car? Do you want to transform your garage into a home gym, office or mancave? The possibilities are endless!
Now that you know how you want to use your garage, it’s time to decide what storage and organizers you need for your garage space. Here are some common storage pieces to consider:
When looking for the best storage options for your garage, it’s important to keep a few more things in mind:
Are you interested in having multi-use storage? You can always get more than one of these garage organization solutions to fit your specific needs. Check out these garage storage solutions that are customizable to your needs, lifestyle and space.
To take your garage organization to the next level, be sure to label your totes.
After you’ve decided which storage pieces to buy for your garage, consider heading to your local home improvement store to buy matching totes or baskets for your items. Put all your like-items together and label the outside of the tote so you can see what’s in there without having to open each one.
Do you have items you use all the time? Plan to store those items in an easy-to-access spot. This homeowner is an avid gardener, so they used some slatwall and a slatwall accessories kit to store all their gardening tools right by the garage door.
When you look down at your garage floor, do you see salt or oil stains, pitting and uneven surfaces or just a plain old, cold concrete? One thing that can really spruce up your garage is a garage floor coating. There are a couple different options to consider when deciding on a garage floor coating that’s right for your space:
Read more about these different garage flooring options here.
One simple way to make your garage feel bigger and brighter is to apply a new coat of paint. You can hire a professional or save yourself some money by getting a couple gallons from your local paint store and doing it yourself. If you’re interested in matching your wall colors to your new garage floor coating, ask your Garage Guru about our paint pairings specially prepared by Sherwin Williams.
The best way to ensure the best looking garage storage is to purchase high-quality products and have them professionally installed.
Once your floor is finished and your walls are freshly painted, it’s time to install the garage storage solutions you decided on previously! If you’re looking for durable solutions that last, it’s important to hire professionals to provide and install your storage pieces.
You’re almost there! It’s time for the last step — put your “keep” pile items back into your space. If you’re looking for some added help to make sure your space is laid out efficiently, find a professional organizer in your area. You can start by using the directory from the National Association for Professional Organizers.
Gone are the days where you had to open and close the garage door quickly so neighbors wouldn’t see what’s inside. It’s time to leave your garage door open and field the many compliments you’ll get from everyone walking by! With your decluttered space, new garage storage and beautiful garage floor coating, your garage and house will truly be the talk of the area.
If you’re ready to start your garage transformation, get your free garage organization and garage flooring estimate the experts at Hello Garage. 888.59.GARAGE