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So you have finally decided that enough is enough and you want to get your garage organised, congratulations the first step has been taken or you would not be reading this article.

Hi, my name is Michael, I am the co-owner of Lifespace and self confessed garage storage nut. I have put this section together to hopefully answer some of your questions about how to sort out your garage.

Don't worry, the process of getting your garage in top shape and organised is a simple one. It just takes a bit of planning and you will be surprised at how some simple storage ideas can transform one of the largest storage areas in your home.

STEP 1: CULL

The oldest organising tip in history. Get rid of what you don't need anymore! Simple right. Some people find this easier than others, but purging all the things from your garage that you don't need anymore is one very effective way of creating space and, in turn, leaving you with less items to store. Even if this list only consists of one small box of old shoes or left over tiles from when the house was built, it's a start.

STEP 2: ZONE

Well done! step back and take a look, what you have left in your garage is what you need to find effective storage for. One of the first steps we always take when asked to look at a customers garage is arranging contents into zones.

Your first task is think about how you intend to use the space in your garage, some examples of this are:

  • Bikes, I use my bike every day it should be stored near the garage door so I can get away on my commute to work quickly.
  • Mops and Brooms, I would like to access these easily from the garage/home entry doorway.
  • Leaf blower and rake, I need these twice a month, but they need be accessible and within reach.
  • Camping gear, I use these 3 to 5 times a year, so these can be stored away, but accessible.
  • Christmas tree, The kids and I get it out once a year it should be stored away, but accessible.
  • Hobbies and projects, I like to venture out to the garage and tinker with whatever interests me.
  • Paints, chemicals and valuables, I would like to store these away where they can only be accessed by me.
  • I would like a drop area for school bags, shoes etc and a place for some handy tools.

By now you may get the idea of dividing your space up into zones and how this will benefit you. The diagram below shows the main areas of a typical garage. Of course yours will be different in shape and size, but the principle is the same.

 

 

If we look at the zones and work out where the above items should be placed, it will give us a start.

  1. Your bike if used every day, should be stored in Zone 5, here you can access it with your cars in the garage and get out the door quickly.
  2. Zone 2 is the ideal area for Mops and Brooms, you will be able to step into the garage, get these and get on with cleaning.
  3. Outside gardening equipment like a leaf blower is best stored on Zone 3, here they are easy to get to when you need them.
  4. Camping gear and Christmas trees are bulky, but quite light, Zone 3 up high on a shelf is a good place to start.
  5. For projects you will usually need a workbench and maybe wall cabinets, in Zone 6 you can set up your own workshop.
  6. And for all the things you want kept away for your use only, a lockable cabinet in Zone 4 is ideal.
  7. Zone 1 is right where you walk from the car to the house a great drop area and any tools can be be stored on the wall. 

Now these are just suggestions, for some of you a simple mop and broom holder attached to the wall next to your garage door will be all you need to feel more organised. But clearly there will be the more adventurous amoung you that will have the need to store and organise everthing.

The good news is we can help with that.

If you want to learn more about organising your garage, see our Step By Step Guide.

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