Most of the time storage is a do it yourself project. Whether you are packing up your holiday decorations or organizing all of your camping supplies, the garage is probably the main hub for all things storage. Here is a quick guide on some tips and tricks to help you store smart!
Cleaning out your garage
Before you include additions to your garage such as shelving or organizing bins, it is best to clean out your garage first. Make sure you are able to clearly see the floors and walls you are going to use for storage. Collect all of the empty boxes, garbage bags, and items that need to be donated or thrown away. Next start sorting through the items you want to keep and set them aside. Keep in mind that most organizational tools for a garage, elevate items, and expose the floor. This might mean, that you should consider upgrading your garage floor. Maybe adding tile floors, doormats, or even foam mats can make the space look cleaners and neater.
After you have cleaned out your garage, you can start considering what organizational ideas you would like to implement. Consider things like a workstation, a tool bench, and trash/recycling bins. Also identify outlets, wall studs, and other futures that will affect the placement of things.
Do it Yourself Shelving
Shelves have a lot of variety to them. Luckily, this allows you to alter your space to fit your needs. The most popular options are freestanding units that are anchored to walls, overhead storage, and bin racks.
Here are some tips for picking the perfect shelf:
- Each material has different strengths (steel, wood, and plastic). If you are storing heavy objects, choosing shelves that can hold more weight will be the better option. Storing simple things like decorations may not require such heavy-duty storage options.
- Make sure to double-check the weight limit for any shelving unit you plan on using.
- Take your time installing shelving, doing it right the first time will save you a lot of headaches.
- Level your system. Keeping things level on your shelving unit will prevent things from falling or becoming damaged.
- You can use corner shelving to make use of wall space you might otherwise lose.
- You can consider ceiling-mounted shelves for items you do not use that often. While they will require ladders to reach, they will save you floor space.
If you have any more questions regarding do it yourself ideas, storage tips and tricks in your garage, or innovations for any other part of your home contact the home improvement experts at Wright Building Center today!