Published at Tuesday, August 20th 2019. by Serge Deserres in Garage.
When it comes to organizing your garage some of the biggest hurdles involve handling all the big stuff. Organizing anything from your lawn mower to your weed whacker, these things take up tons of space and can really impair your ability to store things around them. Luckily we have some great ideas for you to help make the most of all your space in your garage. Whether it’s a 1-car garage or a 3-car garage.
Shelving: We all know shelves are a great for organizing. With proper installation L Frame brackets can supply a great base for making shelves. The additional shelving creates a place to store boxes that you can’t fit in your attic and they make it easy to get things up off the ground and make more walking room in your garage. Recently I’ve seen a lot of people building shelving around their pegboards to provide a great area to place all of their power tools that come with those fancy hard plastic-carrying cases. This is a great idea for any garage. If you have any special power tools, such as drills, saws, air tools shelves make the perfect place to store those carrying case. One of the most underutilized areas to place shelving is above the garage doors. If you have a ladder it’s a great place that you can create shelving to around the entire perimeter of your garage. This allows even more storage space that is commonly left unused.
Drive-in. If you are using your garage for its original purpose and that is to store your car, you can still make it attractive by changing the exterior look. You can plant flowers around the garage, make sure that the driveway is kept in good shape without cracks. The garage door should also be kept clean and operate without problems. If there are windows in the garage make sure that you keep them clean, inside and out. Make sure that you keep your garage junk free, using shelves and cabinets to keep items in.
The accessories are just as cheap. The basic 5/8” hook for a standard quarter inch pegboard can be as low as.34 cents each, and many times you can get a lot of them for free when you buy the board itself. These basic hooks are made from heavy duty galvanized steel rods, and have integrated tabs for added safety. You can buy them in various sizes from 5/8” up to three or four inches depending on your needs. You can also get them in different styles, for holding oddly shaped items like pliers, screwdrivers, and many others.
There are many different advantages of using pegboard organizers for your garage storage needs. They have many different fun storage ideas, hooks for hanging tools from, grip holders for holding long handled tools, such as rakes, shovels, hoes, etc. They have a variety of cool bins, baskets, and even plastic jars with lids, all that fit into the holes on the board. Because the whole board is covered with these holes, you have just about unlimited combinations when it comes to how you put them up. You can use vertical or horizontal rows, place them randomly, or have areas for certain items, hand tools in one area, long handled items in another area, whatever you can think of. Best of all everything is neat and organized, and up off the floor.
Oil absorbent pads are also a necessity for cleaning up spills and other accidents. Spills are unavoidable in this business, but the last thing I want is for my garage floor to be covered in unsightly stains. The only remedy is to clean up a mess with oil absorbent pads as soon as it happens so the stuff doesn’t have a chance to soak in. I also use an eco-friendly powder agent to take care of any residue that the oil absorbent pads might have left behind. The result is that my garage floor is as spotless today as the day I moved in!
It does take a lot of time and effort to organize a garage or workshop, but the results are worth it. It’s actually quite empowering to know exactly where to go for a specific screwdriver, torque wrench, or ratchet that I need for a particular job. I’m far more efficient now than I’ve ever been, and can concentrate on perfecting my craft rather than trying to remember where I left my pliers. Some people might not care about organization as much as I do, but at this point there’s no way I would want to deal with a messy garage ever again.If you’re thinking about creating your own workspace in your basement or garage, then I recommend getting organized right from the start. Investing some money in pegboards, toolboxes, and oil absorbent pads will put you well on your way to maintaining an efficient and clean workshop!
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