I've never lived in a home where a car was able to fit in the garage and that was okay.
Because we had other plans for the garage. At one point it worked as an office slash workshop for writing and buildling cabinets while the cars were parked in the driveway. So it all worked out.
But no matter what you use it for, clutter can multiply and spread if not kept in check - especially in a garage. So it is always a good idea to arm yourself with some garage organization tips...
The most common style of garage cabinet is the locker style. This style often opens from the center with two large front doors. The cabinet itself may be made of metal, wood, plastic or a combination of these materials.
These locker style cabinets usually have three or more adjustable shelves, depending on their overall height. Since both doors open completely even fairly large objects can easily be stored in the cabinet. Some garage cabinets, especially the locker style, are great for storing painting supplies and other chemicals.
Not only is it easy to see what is on the shelves but also most of these cabinets have a locking mechanism that keeps children out.
The bench style garage cabinets are similar to a kitchen cabinet arrangement. A durable work surface can be added to the top of the cabinet to make the storage area double as a workbench or worktable. Drawers or actual cupboards are underneath the top to ensure that all tools and supplies are in easy reach.
The mechanics style garage cabinet is wonderful for hanging tools and keeping them organized. This flat style cabinet, similar to a very large bathroom medicine cabinet, may have shelves or hooks to allow you to place the tools where you would like them. They are often designed with a peg-board type backing that allows you to move the hooks to where ever they are needed.
These organizers are usually sold by the unit and each unit has unique features that will work with different items.
Take the time to understand what you will be storing in your garage so you will be prepared to choose the components that will be most useful.
Below are some basic components you may need for your garage -
Usually made of durable hard plastic, wire or metal, these overhead storage bins are mounted to the wall or directly to the ceiling.
The overhead storage bins are great for those items that are not used frequently such as Christmas decorations or other seasonal items.
The bins can be different sizes from narrow and flat to deep and wide.
Overly heavy items should not be stored in overhead bins unless very secure.
Lightweight yet sturdy these are a great way to keep season sporting goods safe and protected without cluttering up the wall areas of your garage.
These cabinets or lockers are used to keep bottles, cans, and other objects out the way, safe and dry and free from exposure to heat.
Some cabinets are locking for safe storage of hazardous or poisonous chemicals.
Storage cabinets can be floor to ceiling size or can be only two to three feet high with a counter top or work surface on the top.
These attach directly to a wall or a door, and can be adjusted to hold either long or short handled garden tools, or small or large hand tools.
The racks may be square and very large or simply a single tool organizer for lawn equipment.
Shelving can be very wide and oversized or can be a standard width.
The shelving units may be wood, metal, plastic or a combination of all three materials.
Generally the brackets holding the shelving will be metal and the shelves themselves will be wood or plastic.
Most garage organizers are designed to be used in a mix and match fashion. Purchasing the organizers all from the same company will ensure that size, width and depth will all match.
For additional workspace many organizers offer workbenches mounted on top of additional cabinets or cupboard areas. Consider looking around at different combinations of garage organizers to decide exactly what you need...