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The garage is one of the hardest working rooms in the house. To get the most of this space, you want to make every square inch functions as well as it can.
Because the garage tends to be a place where lots of things are stored, it is important to make sure the items that you make places for are useful. If you are like me, it is easy to slip into making the garage a catch all for the stuff you are not quite sure what to do with.
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I have always loved a particular paring down method used on some decluttering/home improvement shows. Three tarps are laid out in the driveway for a keep pile, donate pile, and throw away pile. The garage is cleared out piece-by-piece and everything is put in one of the piles. Only the keep pile items then return to the garage.
Once, you have the keep pile set, its time to figure out the right combination of vertical and horizontal storage to make best use of your garage space. The great thing about garage storage is that you have the floor, walls, and when height is enough, even the ceiling with which to work.
Luckily, some fantastic gadgets make maximizing garage storage easy.
For Sports Equipment and Toys-
Although fun, the gadgets and gizmos in this category can be bulky. Space saver storage solutions are definitely a must. If you have a bicycle that you keep in the garage, check out the Racor B-1R Solo Vertical Bike Rack for wall-mounted storage.
Or the BIKEHAND Bike Floor Parking Rack Storage Stand Bicyclefor free standing bike storage.
For storing balls, rackets, gloves, and other sporting equipment, the neatfreak Garage/Sport Utility Storage Rack is a good option.
Or the Lynk Sports Rack with Adjustable Hooks – Sports Gear Storage – Black/Silver for a wall hanging container for balls, gloves, helmets and more.
For Fishing Poles, the Overhead or Wall Rod Storage System will keep rods tangle free and safe above the fray.
Store your tools compactly and in storage with casters to make for easy moving with the Rubbermaid Deluxe Tool Tower, Garage Storage, Holds 40 Tools.
Or cleverly use a corner with the Rubbermaid 30-Tool Corner Tool Rack.
For wall-mounted storage for a smaller number of tools or other gear, theWall Control Pegboard Tool Organizer Starter Kit is a great solution.
And for nuts, bolts, and other small parts, consider this Akro-Mils 20-Inch by 16-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch Hardware and Craft Cabinet.
To organize those tin cans, bottles, newspapers, magazines and more as they pile up for recycling, check out the Recycle Bag Separate Recycle Bin Waterproof Waste Baskets Compartment Container.
Don’t need to sort your recyclables, then the Rubbermaid Commercial Recycling Bin, 14 Gallon will get the job done for stashing it all in one bin.
For goodies that you use only certain times a year, good dry, air tight storage is a must to help them hold up long-term. Rubbermaid and Sterilite both make sealable storage containers in a variety of sizes.
You can keep your storage containers stacked and out of the way using a solution such as this AmazonBasics 5-Shelf Shelving Unit. Be sure and use caution and anchor shelving as needed. Never leave a child unattended around shelving that they could pull over or climb up on and tip over on themselves.
Or the SafeRacks – 4×8 Overhead Storage Rack Heavy Duty that works well if you have higher ceilings and ceiling joists spaced as needed. Just do your research to make sure the specs. of your space will work for proper ceiling mounting before purchasing.
With some savvy use of clever garage storage solutions, you will be amazed at how much your can neatly, place in your garage. And on top of that it will serve as a truly functional room of your house.
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