Spring is a time of renewal, so it naturally follows that many Perth residents like to tackle big household projects around this time of year. One of the biggest, and undeniably most dreaded, of household projects, is a huge garage clear-out. For the majority of people, the garage often becomes something of a dumping ground for items that don’t belong anywhere else – and as a result, chaos can quickly take over.
If you’re planning to clear out your garage this year, then it’s important to see the task as two-fold. Yes, you’ll have to clear, sort, and remove all of the existing items, but you’ll also need to effectively organise and store all of the items that you intend to keep. Without effective organisation for their garages, Perth residents will almost certainly find you’ll have to perform another big clear out in a few years time, so let’s explore a few storage tips that can ensure this clear out is the one that sticks.
Invest in open-storage shelves
pen-storage shelves are incredibly important to overall garage maintenance for two reasons:
- The shelves are highly accessible, so you will always be able to find the item you are looking for
- The shelves are also always in plain view, which serves as a visual reminder to keep everything in the garage in good order
If you wish to store smaller items on the open shelves, opt for clear plastic boxes that can be stacked on top of one another – these help to maximise space, while the see-through appearance ensures you’ll still be able to quickly find everything you need.
Use pegboards for smaller items
Small, single items – such as tools, nails, clips, and electrical leads – are best stored on pegboards rather than the more conventional drawers or cabinets. Pegboards are inexpensive to buy and can be hung on any available wall space, which helps to free up floor space and ensures you can quickly locate items with a quick glance.
You may also find it beneficial to create an outline of certain items on the pegboard; most standard marker pens will be able to do this. This allows you to immediately identify if any smaller pieces are missing and is a particularly popular choice for small tools such as screwdrivers and hammers.
Suspend anything you can suspend
Store as little as possible on the floor of your garage in order to reduce clutter and ensure you can move around the space comfortably. If you can suspend something – either from the ceiling or by hanging racks and rails on the walls – then do so. This is particularly worth considering when seeking to store bulky sports equipment; S-shaped rafter hooks and jump cords can be used to hang items such as canoes or kayaks in a simple, space-efficient way.
While clearing your garage of unwanted items is a great task for spring, the job isn’t complete until you have effectively organised the remaining wanted items. By implementing a few of the ideas above, you should be able to ensure that your garage is easy to manage and maintain in future, ensuring that this big clear out is the last you’ll need to do.