Top tips organizing your garage
Whether you have a small single garage attached to your home, a large multi-car space with an added workshop, or a professional forecourt, a garage can quickly become an incredibly messy place if not properly organised.
Untidy workspaces such as garages can quickly become dangerous if the mess is not kept under control.
So – first and foremost – utilise the old saying “A place for everything, and everything in its place”. Have a rack for large tools, and a toolbox for smaller ones. Get a set of bench-top drawers for nails, screws, washers and other small items, and a portable filing cabinet for any paperwork that might need to be kept in the garage.
Clear the floor. Floors are a magnet for any little bits and pieces that might be rolling about on a bench or shelf, and of course anything on the floor can be a trip hazard. Keeping the floor clean helps open up the space in the garage too. There may be some wall-space free – if so, get some strong hooks and hang things like shovels on them.
Have a really good de-clutter. Do you really need that pack of rusty saw blades? The old oil can that’s been in the corner for years? Take every item in the garage out of it, and before it goes back in, decide whether or not you really want it. Chances are if it’s been lying around long enough to collect dust or get rusted, you’re not going to need it in the near future.
Another really good idea is to take a bit of time out and write a label for everything. Drawers, cupboards, boxes. If you can immediately see what is in a container, you’ll save yourself precious time when you are looking for things.
And finally, remember to keep on top of tidiness! A scrap of wood left on a bench can lead to paint cans piled in a corner and tools on the floor, and then you are back where you started. Once your big organisation spree is done, a quick tidy-up once a week will stop mess spreading.