Clear the Clutter: Maximizing the Space in Your Garage

The house was a mess, so you devoted an entire Saturday to transferring all your tools, sports equipment, and unused furniture to the garage. Now that’s looking horrible and you have one less parking space, I know there are some who might use something similar to a 20×20 prefab garage, I have no idea how they coup with the clutter, either way you’ll need to clear the clutter to maximize the space you have.

Look Upward

Most limit options by placing things on the floor or along the walls, but crafty souls look upwards for solutions. A cheap and clever way to clear the clutter is to put items in bins and then store them above your head. Consider fastening hooks or pieces of metal onto your garage roof, something that will hold in the ceiling and can deal with the weight of the load. Although depending on the type of garage door you’ve had installed by someone like, this might not be an option. Certain doors will rack (or slide) back along the roof area, limiting your vertical hanging space. If that’s the case then you can always consider affixing certain items to the wall. We all remember our Dads beautifully organised tool-shed after all!

Rack’Em Up

You could have help around the house, employing sons and daughters to rake leaves, cut the grass, and tend to the garden, but all that equipment does not aid in saving room in your garage. Some hang hammers, wrenches, and hand tools on pegboards along the wall. But why limit the idea to small hand tools? Rack your hoes, rakes, and longer garden tools too. You can try these angle brackets to fit on walls and roof surfaces.

Tool Chest

A tool box is a great place to store your tools. The trouble with many models is they offer no other benefit. For example, some double as a small seat, so workers have a place to sit and eat lunch. Think form and function as you transform a work table into a tool box; once finished, lift the top of the table to reveal tools at your convenience. Similarly, a tool chest houses a large number of tools and closes to serve as a place to sit or a stable work surface.

Park Friendly

Even the most ingenious people can’t make your garage larger or car smaller. But, you can think of ways to make it easier to park in a small space. Line the side of the garage with oblong foam buffers so car doors do not get damaged and dented. Others have limited room for miscalculation, so hanging a tennis ball from the roof helps safely nestle a car into the garage.

Work or Living Space

You have previously devoted limited time, attention, and investment because it’s a garage – just a place to store your items and park the car. But if you think of the space as a work or living area, you’ll invest more money, and in some cases, write-off a portion of the immediate and ongoing expense. Speak with an accountant about investing in a workspace. Otherwise, you could increase a home’s value by turning a garage into a living area.

Rent Space Off Site

Being free of anxiety has value. If you can’t cram more stuff into a tight area and drained your brain in thinking of ways to find room, rent garage space somewhere else. The ongoing cost may inspire you to get rid of items you otherwise believe you need or things you have been hoarding.

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