Cleaning up the Clutter in your Garage

Posted on May 27th, 2013

An organized garage makes everything easier.

With summer quickly approaching you may be finding that you have less use for snow shovels and more use for things like the weed whacker and gardening hose.  Unfortunately, that often means rearranging your garage to make the summer tools more accessible.

Fortunately, we have some good tips to help make this task easier and to keep your garage more organized and clutter-free.

Plan it out.

Having a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish is always an important first step with any project. Write out everything that you keep in your garage as well as how you would like to organize it.

It may be a good idea to separate your garage into specific areas such as workshop and tools, garbage and recycling, garden utensils and products, etc. You may want to create other areas based on your needs but the idea is simple. It is always easier to find something when you know it is in a specific area rather than having to search through the entire garage.

Once you have your designated areas thought out it is time to get to work. Begin by throwing out anything that you’re not using or don’t plan to use in the near future. Just this one step will remove a lot of the clutter and provide you with more space to work with.

Next look at your storage system. Do you have one?  If not, consider a peg board for all of your tools and workshop utensils and maybe a slatboard for your shovels, rakes and gardening utensils. Getting these up off the ground not only clears up addition floor space but also avoids the risk of your stepping on a rake and unwittingly becoming the star of a Leslie Nielsen skit.

Proper containers are also essential when it comes to organizing your garage. If you have a lot of tools, investing in a good, sturdy toolbox and storing it within your workshop area would be a wise idea. Likewise with upright containers for weed whackers, leaf blowers and axes or saws – especially if you have young children running around.

Installing a wall mounted reel for your garden hose is another great idea. This will keep the hose out of the way to avoid any tripping risk and it will avoid the frustration of having to hand-roll a hose with any number of kinks in it.

For most people, the garage is simply an area in which to throw things. In other words, to get junk out of the house. However, with even a minimal amount of effort you’ll find that a well-organized garage will allow you to find things more easily and waste less time searching for that one tool that you need to get the job done right.