Your garage is crowded. Two cars, tools, bicycles, trash cans and recycling bins; it’s a wonder you can walk through there sometimes. Fortunately for you, there are lots of space-saving tactics you can employ to make the most out of limited garage space. Here is a list of 10 ways to save space in your garage.
Make a Plan
Before you do anything else, make a plan. Draw a floor plan of your garage, or use a garage organization app, and determine the best place for everything in your space.
Invest in Space-Saving Equipment
When it comes to storage, not every power tool is created equal. Tools like EGO’s POWER+ Mower can fold up, allowing you to store more cool items in your garage. When shopping for power tools, look for equipment that is as space-efficient as it is powerful.
If you have old bookshelves, think about repurposing them into shelves for things like grass seed, hand tools, and other garage staples. Shelves are a great way to turn a little space into a lot of space.
Utilize the Space Above the Garage Door
By building a sliding storage unit (like the one seen here on Family Handy Man), you can turn the empty space above your garage door into useful storage for all of your random garage bric-a-brac.
One Word: Magnets
Repurpose the magnetic strips they sell to store kitchen knives and use them for small metal hand tools like screwdrivers.
Store Your Screws in Screw-Top Jars
Don’t throw away old jelly and jam jars- use them to store nails, screws, and other small fasteners. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can use hot glue to stick the tops of jars to the undersides of shelves for some extra shelf space.
Hang Your Bike
Using hooks, specially made shelves, or bungee cords, affix your bike to the wall to make space for everything else in your garage.
Get Some Plastic Crates and Break Out the Label Maker
Plastic crates are durable and stackable. To optimize your crate organization, label them with either a permanent marker or label maker. Beach items can go in one bin and garden items in another.
Whether it’s in the kitchen or the garage, we tend to organize by sorting like with like. That is, hand tools go in one bin, painting supplies in another. Instead of sorting like that, try sorting by task. That is, store all of your gardening supplies in one place, your carpentry supplies in another, and your landscaping tools in another. Setting up storage spaces for tasks makes it easier to gather the things you need when the time comes.
Garages aren’t always as dry as they could be. Pallets can keep your power tools, seeds, and other goods that don’t like water high and try. Buy a wooden pallet to store anything you need kept off the cold, potentially wet ground.
Once you’ve put some or all of these ideas to work, feel free to revel in the new space you’ve created in your garage. Heck, go out and get some new power tools to fill some of that extra space.