Kevin Connors, Owner of Inspired Organizers in Arizona, shares his best tips to get your garage organized.
Prepare to tackle your cluttered garage and transform it into an impeccably organized space. Before you begin, remember this essential step: start by clearing everything out. Arrange tables on your driveway and assemble an array of small boxes and bins at your disposal. To streamline the sorting process, get some box cutters to disassemble old boxes that you’ve emptied out. Also pick up some large storage bins to categorize your smaller items. Visualize these bins as homes for each item. And don't overlook the need for a donation and trash receptacle for items that are no longer needed. Once you’ve cleared out the garage, measure the dimensions and map out a plan for where different categories of items will live.
Now, let's introduce you to innovative solutions for garage storage that will redefine your space. Here's a summary of the best options available:
Wall-Mounted Shelving Units
These units are a game-changer, utilizing vertical wall space to maximize storage. Opt for wood or metal shelves capable of accommodating tools, boxes, and sports gear. Similar to kitchen cabinets, these units should be securely attached to the wall using screws and brackets. They’re perfect for storing lower value items that don’t require a lot of protection in a non-temperature controlled garage.
Overhead Storage Racks
A recent addition to garage solutions, these racks are perfect for long-term storage, optimizing the space above, even when your vehicle is parked. Ensure the mounting screws are anchored safely into ceiling studs to prevent any unforeseen damage. Hire a professional if you don’t have a lot of experience mounting hardware to walls and ceilings.
Pegboards for Tool Organization
Once you mount pegboards in your garage, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.. These boards, with spaced holes, facilitate the hanging of hooks, pegs, and attachments for easy tool access. Many modern workbenches come equipped with these boards, and steel pegboards are more durable than particle board alternatives that will deteriorate in extreme heat or humid conditions.
Stackable Storage Bins
For small items, stackable plastic storage bins are your best storage solution. Perfect for categorizing belongings, small clear shoebox-sized bins are ideal for lightweight items, while heavy-duty options like the Home Depot HDX line are suitable for bulkier storage. The lids align when stacked, allowing you to stack with confidence.
Magnetic Tool Holders
Magnetic holders keep your tools organized on walls for quick access to frequently used hand tools. No more searching through a messy toolbox! These holders are perfect for metal wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and other frequently used tools. They can even be used to hold small metal hardware.
Sturdy Hooks and Hangers
Opt for heavy-duty hooks to hang items securely. Brands like Rubbermaid and Ryobi offer versatile systems catering to various items, from rakes and brooms to bicycles. The various mounting hooks that they utilize allow you to change out the right hanger option to fit your needs, so you can change them over time.
Standalone Storage Cabinets
Elevate your garage organization with specialized storage cabinets, offering closed storage to safeguard belongings from dust and chemicals while maintaining a tidy appearance. Companies like Classy Closets and Desert Sky Closets offer high-end cabinets that look amazing and are designed to fit your required dimensions.
Setup of a Workbench
A workbench is essential, especially for those who spend hours tinkering. Modern workbenches come with built-in electrical outlets, USB ports, LED lights, and stainless steel easy-glide doors. They also feature easy glide cabinets that you find in most modern kitchens and bathrooms.
Utilize Tool Chests
A solid tool chest benefits everyone, whether a DIY enthusiast or not. These chests optimize space with varying drawer depths and additional space for larger tools. Larger units offer a large work space on top that is great for projects whether you have a work bench or not.
Extend the convenience of wall-mounted cabinets to your garage, using them to store automotive fluids and cleaning supplies, adding a touch of organization. These are usually smaller units that can be bolted to the wall above a workbench or tool chest.
Remember, the best garage organization products should align with your specific requirements, available space, and budget. Assess your garage's needs and design an organization system accordingly. Opt for reputable brands that offer quality, given the harsh conditions garages endure. Should you seek professional assistance with organizing your garage or any space in the Phoenix area, Inspired Organizers is ready to help.
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