Tara M Stewart
Five Ways to Organize Your Garage with a Family Friendly Approach
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Our most recent garage project already had lots of shelving, however, they really needed a fresh set of eyes to help set it up in a way the whole family could easily access AND put away items!
Here are FIVE tips and several products that will help you rethink your own garage!
1. Create Zones.
This means you need to rethink where and how things are stored. When we work with our clients we start by pull everything out, purge, THEN see what is remaining and which shelf will hold all of that category.
As shown below in the before and after we made this area specifically for golf and tailgating! Go Cats!
2. Use Totes with Lids to Keep Items Dust Free
The HI-RISE Clear Storage bins by Hefty gives you a taller lid so you can store more stuff. Plus they are stackable and work together with each other!
Two of our favorite sizes for families are the 18qt and the 32qt as they are easy to get down from a shelf and take with you if needed - in this case for tailgating!
For the utensils and napkins we used the 18 qt from Target
For the cups and plates we used the 32 qt Slim from Target
Inside Scoop: Walmart also carries the Hefty HI-RISE totes. Grab the 18 qt here and the 32 qt here. Good news, they tend be about $1 less per bin. Bad news they tend to be out of stock... a lot.
3. Don't Be Afraid to Rip Out a Shelf Or TWO!
I realize this sounds terrifying as we all feel we need MORE and MORE shelves. However, the previous home owners had set up a shoe station by the garage door. Which worked GREAT for them. But the 6" space between shelves was NOT working for our client.
As shown below in the before and after, we ended up removing two shelves.
One to make a self high enough for swim bags and at a level the kids can reach.
Another was removed to allow our client to store cooler bags and the pool bags.
4. Make a Summer Station for Kids
This spot is located right outside the door to the house. The containers that we used were selected so that little fingers can easily grab AND also put away items.
Utility Bins from The Container Store work great for easy access.
For the paint and outside activities we used the Narrow Stackable Plastic Utility Bin Clear 5-1/2" x 10-7/8" x 5" h
For paint bushes(not shown here) we used the Extra Narrow Stackable Plastic Utility Bin Clear. Size: 4-1/8" x 10-7/8" x 4" h
5. Peg Boards are Your Friend
There are so many options when it comes to peg boards.
Build them onto the side of shelf
Hang a metal or wooden one onto an empty wall
Use them for tools
You can get one for under $15 from Lowes as large as 48" x 24" with hooks equally as affordable! Honestly, peg boards need their own blog.. humm... stay tuned for that. Anyway, in this case we used a peg board for easy access to bike helmets and their son's baseball bag!
Friendly reminder: Stop storing the lawn mower you haven't used in almost a decade. If you are supporting a local lawn care company it is time to set that old mower on the curb! Put a curb side alert on Facebook Market place to list it for FREE and make someone's day!
Ready to tackle your garage? We have a list or resources that will pick up your old paint, and other items you've been hanging onto because you don't know how or were to dispose of them. Head HERE to fill out the Contact Us form to get the ball rolling with a free phone consultation to see how we can help you reclaim your home which includes the first space you see, your garage!