By: Selena Cate
Sometimes the garage can basically amount to a receptacle for those pesky items that don’t quite have a place in our homes. Just because our garage is not the main part of the home doesn’t mean it’s out of sight out of mind!
With these simple tips, the garage can be your favorite place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon.
The first step is to figure out where in the garage certain items should be. Having an organized garage doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money on shelving. Here are some ideas to create affordable shelving that won’t break the bank:
Old-School Cinder Blocks
Remember those from your college dorm or first apartment? They’re inexpensive and easily disassembled — and a great way to get quick shelving. Cinder blocks can be purchased at a hardware store or found at a salvage yard.
Stand two (or more) cinder blocks up and lay a thick, sturdy wooden board across them — it’s as simple as that. Make sure you lay the board down so the blocks are at the same distance from the ends of the board, however, as you don’t want the shelf to start leaning.
The best part about this makeshift shelf is that you can continue to stack levels as high as you’d like as long as what the shelf is holding isn’t too heavy. For plain, inexpensive organization, it can’t be beat.
The doors can be removed for easy access (or left on, depending on what you want to store in it) and shelves are already built inside.
Cube Organizing System
This creates very quick storage. They are typically sold in a flat pack and are very easy to put together. The end cube size is a little over 2-feet in all dimensions, making this perfect for camping supplies like fluorescent lanterns, picnic basket supplies, sleeping bags and swimming gear.
Metal Shelving Unit
These are the crème de la crème of storage and can vary in price. They often have wheels and can be rolled around for perfect placement. They are usually very sturdy, which means they can hold a lot of weight. These are perfect for plastic bins and banker’s boxes.
An old wooden door that is set on a pair of two-drawer filing cabinets gives you an instant place to work on projects. The filing cabinets can store tools or household paperwork.
Large rolling basket carts are the perfect shape to store baseball bats, camp chairs and umbrellas.
Home improvement stores offer a variety of options for your garage. While many of the products can get expensive or require tools and advanced skills, it might be worth investing in a couple of hanging solutions that can save floor space. For instance, ladders and bicycles can be stored on the wall, which saves space and prevents the domino effect — which always seems to happen when one bike gets tipped over. Just make sure you install hooks into a stud and not just drywall!
Once your shelving and organizational space are in place, it should be a breeze to gather your boxes, bins and outdoor equipment and begin putting everything in it’s home.
It’s a good idea for every box destined for the garage to be labeled clearly in large print to identify the contents inside the box. This will help you and family members stay organized when a new item is heading to the garage. Also, don’t underestimate the power of simple tasks. Sometimes just sorting various nail sizes and small hardware in plastic drawers or repurposed and labeled containers is enough to save frustration and give you some peace about your garage.
Selena is a mother and the founder of Apron Thrift Girl, a blog devoted to living stylishly for less. She's an avid crafter and a lover of gluten-free food based in the heart of Sonoma County, Calif.