Reclaim Garage Space

From tools and stools to trunks and junk, it seems that the garage is home to just about everything these days — except the car. According to a recent survey commissioned by the Lehigh Group, the garage is the most disorganized area of the home by a wide margin. Here’s help on how to get the mess out and the car back in.

Throw out rusty tools, broken toys, worn-out sports gear and other items that you haven’t used in a year or more that are taking up valuable space. Make a commitment to discard as much as possible — recycling, donating or selling items, if appropriate.

A great way to approach garage organization is to divide the area into sections. Categorizing items and storing them in dedicated areas makes it easier to locate things when you need them. Allow enough space for vehicle doors to fully open and for the driver and any passengers to walk around the car without rubbing up against it.

From old rags and scissors to disinfecting wipes and gardening gloves, there’s no shortage of supplies needed to tackle daily chores. For frequently used items, use a mobile caddy.

When zoning your garage space, don’t forget the walls and ceiling. By installing hanging shelves, pegboards, rails and overhead storage systems to secure items, you will open up floor space and enjoy a more organized system. Customizable mesh storage products that hang on the wall are ideally suited to accommodate awkward items, from pet toys and hockey sticks to helmets and tennis balls. Be sure to keep a sturdy step stool or ladder handy so you can safely reach overhead equipment.

It’s important to ensure that large and potentially dangerous items, such as saws and power tools, are properly anchored. Always remember to follow all manufacturer instructions regarding weight limits when using wall hooks, rails and shelving.

Place toxic materials such as paint, paint thinner, weed and bug killers, fertilizer, cleaning solutions and vehicle fluids in high cabinets or lockable tool chests to keep out of the reach of children. 

Add lighting to shelves and dark corners to make it easier and safer to find the tools and equipment you need.



Stephanie Leichtweis
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Lehigh Group



Categories: Home Design