Organize Your Garage Space on a Budget

Posted on: January 14, 2020

Organize Your Garage Space on a Budget

Here are some ideas to get you going on your garage project: 

Start slowly: Diving into the project by going shopping may be more fun, but it can be more costly in the long run. How do you know how many bins you need if you do not know what you have? Plus, you may not need those expensive shelves after you go through your stuff. So, No. 1, take an afternoon to survey what you have squirreled away and make the decisions on what to keep and what to save. Once you have gone through everything, put it all in piles by the best way to store. Some of your gear is best put into bins, while other items, such as sports equipment that is frequently used, might be better off hanging within easy reach.

Top to bottom: Make the most of your space by thinking in vertical terms and put in shelving that will allow for items to be packed from floor to ceiling. Seasonal items, such as summer stuff and pool toys or holiday decorations, can land at the top and only be removed when needed.

Wall of hooks: Pegboard is an easy and effective do-it-yourself organization tool. Using thick pegboard supported by 2×4’s made into a frame can be fastened to your garage wall using drywall screws. Then you can add and remove hooks as needed when you have new or old stuff to organize. Anything that can be hung can find a home here and is easily seen, so it is available when it is needed.

Old is new again: There is no need to go out a buy a fancy new piece for your garage. Look around your home and the furniture that you are not using and you will probably find something that can be repurposed out in the garage as storage or as a workspace. An old chest of drawers can lose the drawers and become a great piece for storage and so can an old bookcase. Scouring garage sales will surely net something to use if you have nothing on hand.

Park your bikes: During the colder seasons, you can free up lots of space by hanging your bikes from the ceiling. Heavy-duty hooks and plywood will do the trick.

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