Every house has a garage, and every family uses that space for their unique needs. Garages are perfect for storing miscellaneous possessions that you cannot (or will not) store in the house. These might include, but are not limited to, volleyball nets, kayaks, and drum sets. The items in a garage can vary greatly, but no matter what’s in your garage, its best to keep it neat and organized. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is aesthetics – any space looks best clutter-free.
Having clutter in your garage is hazardous for a number of reasons. Stacks of boxes and old furniture look like a garage oasis for spiders, opossums, and other gross animals that you don’t want nesting in your home. Start by clearing out everything you no longer want or need. This will give you more space to work with, and avoid excess junk that could benefit other people. It is best to keep only what you use, and start the organization from there.
One of the essential rules of garage organization is: Maintain the floor space! Use any and every accessory to hang or shelve some of the items in your garage. Shelves are great storage options because they give you freedom of categorizing per shelf, and all items are easily visible. Shelves are an aesthetically pleasing choice that will serve you well for years. This storage option is not recommended houses near active fault lines—San Andreas, Raymond, etc—due to risk of property damage. Hooks and rafters are great resources to store your things off the ground. Take advantage of these ideas to maximize organization and available space in your garage.
De-cluttering your garage can be fun if you have a good game plan. Take the time to devise your own, and see what you can do!