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Trying to make the most out of a small garage can be quite challenging especially if you use it to store your car, gardening tools, tool boxes and storage boxes from the house.
It can become cluttered all too easily to the point you just give up trying to keep on top of it.
Here are just a few tips to make the most of the space in your garage.
Parking Your Car
If you use your garage to store your car then make sure that when you do park your car inside, that you park it to one side of your garage, trying to squeeze boxes and tools around all the walls of the garage just isn’t going to work in a small space.
Dedicate one side for the car to be parked next to and then use the other wall for storage, this will work much better.
There are many clever ways to use the space above you to store tools and boxes. A common way of using this is using the beams of the roof to store big tools and equipment across, of course make sure you are only storing items that will stay up there and won’t roll off and land on you or your car.
If you don’t have beams running openly across the roof, you can always make your own, make runners or hooks you can slide boxes safely onto or hang tools off, use cables, netting and ropes to hold things in place where you can see them, but where they are out of your way.
Use Wall Space Wisely
Don’t just simply lean tools against the wall, make hook racks or sliders to hold tools and equipment all along the wall, you can use a small space to store all your rakes, spades and brushes easily.
Put in shelves to store paint cans and boxes and utilise all the wall space you can to stop clutter building up. Just make sure that everything has a place so that items don’t end up drifting or being lost.
Boxes soon build up and often end up in the garage, don’t let all sorts of odd boxes build up, especially if they aren’t sealed or if they are made of cardboard.
The boxes will get damp and anything inside them will be ruined, try using plastic stackable boxes that have a seal to protect against moisture and the elements.
The key to keeping on top of a small space is making sure everything has a place to be and being disciplined in putting everything back where you found it. Keep clutter away from the floor and remember to keep the garage door space free especially if it is an electric door.
I’ve made the mistake of accidentally obstructing my Garador, luckily it has a sensor, but if you are not so lucky you could damage the mechanics of your garage door.
The plastic boxes are far more useful as they can tolerate the wear and tear of your garage and can be stack in one nice neat space.
If you are ever looking for something you don’t have to rummage through every box to find it as they will be see through. These are cheap and easy enough to pick up from most stores and you’ll wonder what you did without them.