A cluttered garage blocks a lot of useful space.
Garages were initially built for the sole purpose of parking cars. That has changed with time. Today they are mini-warehouses used to store equipment, tools, old toys and any other stuff that might clutter the home. Unfortunately, with this evolved usage, many garages have turned into dumping sites with their owners using them to accommodate all sorts of things. This has led to the congestion and cluttering of these units.
If you no longer have a space in your garage, here are 5 highly effective ways you can use to decongest it and make it more elegant:
1. Conduct A Yard Sale
Let’s face it, most of the things filling up your garage are things you don’t really need. Take for example that jack screw you took from your mechanic just because it was free. You already had two to begin with. Why in the world would you need another? Get rid of it! What about the steel sidings you’ve been planning to fix for years but have never gotten to it? Fact is, you didn’t need them then and you don’t need them now.
Go through all your stuff, pick out these non-essential items and sell them. This way you’ll free up some space and make a buck in the process.
2. Box It Up
Your possessions are very dear to you and you don’t feel like parting with them. The solution: box them up and stack pile them in corners away from the entrance. Ensure you label the boxes and stacks appropriately to make it easier to retrieve items should you need them at a later date.
If you have multiple stacks, ensure you place the stack with the boxes containing the items you’re most likely to use in the near future closer to you to facilitate quick and easy retrieval. Those you are less likely to use should be positioned way back.
3. Maximize The Vertical Space
Using walls in a garage to store goods by shelving is a nice way of maximizing space. This is more beneficial if your garage is filled with motor accessories and tools but it can still work for any other items provided they’re not too heavy. Paint cans, oil cans, paint brushes, car rims, tubes, and acid jerricans can all be shelved.
Building large wall cabinets is another effective option in making the garage more spacious. You can also use the ceiling to hang items.
Before including cabinets, shelves or pegboards in the ceiling for hanging tools and items, however, perform a thorough assessment of the room to understand its limits. Some garages are built with lightweight materials to accommodate vehicles only and might not withstand high pressure especially on the walls and ceiling.
4. Take Dimensions
If you’ve just moved in to your new home and you’re concerned about cluttering your garage, then measure it up or ask your realtor for garage dimensions. Make sure you ask the right questions. Questions like: How high is the ceiling? How far does the garage door extend when open? Etc. will go a long way in helping you plan appropriately for your storage needs.
5. Outdoor Storage
Another option to free up your garage is to build big strong cabinets outside the garage to store your items. Outdoor cabinets can come in very handy if you plan on starting a new work-at-home business and need more space or have huge priority items that need storage. Either way, you can opt for outdoor sheds and cabinets for more room. These sheds and cabinets come in a wide variety. You can have a professional build you one or simply buy the parts and assemble them yourself easily. Whichever option you choose, this is a smart solution that will avail more space and protect your valuables from ruin, degradation by hazardous weather and theft.
Elvis Faulkner is the owner and manager of emwasteclearance.com – your fast and friendly specialists for rubbish clearance in Kent.