Organizing your garage can be daunting. From regularly used items to items you rarely use, but still need, it can be tough finding a spot for everything. This is why we have compiled some garage organization tips and simple DIY garage storage ideas.
First things first: cleanout your garage. Your garage can easily become a catch all to what you can’t or don’t want to store in your house. Before you begin organizing your belongings, you must clean out what you no longer want or need.
Set aside a day to clean out, writing this on your calendar so it doesn’t get pushed to the wayside. Since a lot of your belongings may belong to kids, recruit the whole family into the project.
Go through everything. Don’t leave any boxes or corners untouched. You may find a beloved item you thought you lost or you may find what you once prized it now junk to be tossed.
Buy the Right Storage Equipment
Finding a place to store everything doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right equipment, you can bypass this hurdle.
Invest in clear storage bins. Sterilite makes sturdy bins ranging in size from 18 – 70 quarts. Storing everything in clear bins allows you to see your belongings clearly. Go one step further and number each bin creating a notebook of what is stored in each one.
Install heavy duty wire wall shelves made for garages. These shelves are great for storing bins or items such as tools and camping gear. Create multiple levels of shelves to utilize more wall space. Shelves also require less square footage than cabinets as they don’t have swinging doors taking up space.
Install pegboards and hooks which allows a lot of versatility. Pegboards are great because you can cut them to size to meet your needs. Installing cubbies to attach to the pegboard makes easy storage for smaller items like hammers and nails and using hooks gives you the freedom to move things around as your storage needs change.
Install a lockable cabinet or rolling tool chest for more expensive items you want to keep safe or out of reach from kids. Store tools such as a weed eater and lawn mower in larger cabinets.
Equipment Storage Options
It’s no secret Austin is home to great outdoor activities: biking, kayaking, fishing. So, we can guess that you have sports equipment you need to store. Don’t waste high space. Hanging some of these items from the garage ceiling allows you to keep your garage walls and floor free. Just make sure hanging these items doesn’t interfere with the function of your garage door.
Try hanging your bike from a ceiling bike hook. This tried and true method makes hard to store bikes easily accessible and out of the way. Or try mounting your bike from a wall or the ceiling. Hang your kayak using this garage hoist which has an easy to use locking mechanism. Fishing pole storage racks can be hung from either your ceiling or wall giving you multiple options for storage.
For sports equipment such as balls, bats and gloves there are several great storage options. Use a heavy-duty wall storage rack, allowing you to store anything from balls to helmets. Balls can be easily stored on a sturdy wire rack. This hanging mesh ball unit can be built into a larger storage system and allows you to easily see what is in each bag.
Hang Items on the Wall
Storage tracks offer the ability to hang bins either from a wall or ceiling so your garage floor stays clutter free. Austin is the top recycling city in the state of Texas, which means you probably have at least one recycling bin in your garage. Why not free up that floor space and make tracks for these bins? These tracks can also be used for those previously mentioned clear bins.
Use the Corners
Don’t forget to use corners which can be the perfect storage option for smaller items. Store non-perishable foods or even paint on corner shelves. Brooms and rakes can be neatly stored when you lean them up in a corner tool tower. For those DIYers, build a simple, but functional corner workbench allowing you to keep your projects out of the way.
Lakeside at Tessera
At Lakeside at Tessera in Lago Vista, each of our beautiful home floorplans offers a two to three car garage giving you plenty of options for how to use your space. Explore our community to find your dream home today.