If you’re someone who has been practicing social distancing by working from home and avoiding crowded public spaces during the weekend, it might have become a form of entertainment for you and your family. For some, that means tackling one of the biggest organizational headaches many homes have – the garage. Below, Junk Shot has listed five tips for garage organization and help make a quarantine activity a little easier and get a jump start on spring cleaning.
1. Think Vertical
Your vehicles have a monopoly on the floor space in your garage. That means the only way to go is up. We’re not talking about stacking a few cardboard boxes on top of one another either.
The best place to start is by buying clear plastic storage containers in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your storage needs. These will protect your valuables from water, changing temperatures, mold, mildew, and vermin and allow you to get an idea of the contents inside before looking at the label or opening a bin. Adding shelving to host your new storage bins can help limit bins on the ground and take your organization to the next level.
If you really want to get creative, look to your ceiling. There are plenty of options when it comes to ceiling storage — from bike hooks to ladder hangers to tracks to slide in a few of those new containers — this can help unclutter your garage floor even more.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Put A Label On It
Now that you’ve got everything organized in their proper bins, it’s time to properly label them so you can easily find whatever you need. First, purchase some plastic label holders that will keep your labels in pristine, legible condition for years to come — these are available at most office supply stores and, of course, online. Make sure you’re writing as large as possible — if your bins are stored in the ceiling or on the top shelf, it will be hard to read small writing and defeat the purpose of organizing. Avoid garage cleaning and organization down the road by keeping your labels easy to read and understand through the years.
3. Get A Peg Up
Pegboards are a craftsman’s best friend. They let you display all of your tools — even the oddly shaped ones — for easy access. Before you attach the board to your garage wall, do a little planning. What tools do you use most often? Are there combinations of tools that you use together? Once everything is laid out accordingly, trace out the items so there’s no confusion when you’re returning them to the board. If you have any extra room, attaching cups or pieces of PVC pipe give yourself some nice nooks to store pencils, nuts, bolts, and other small items.
4. Get a Good Toy Bin
If you have kids, you’ve come across the problem of having balls and toys strewn across your garage floor after a play date or afternoon in the driveway. This creates a hazard for anyone that’s wandering around your garage without looking. A solid toy bin — preferably your kids can access without having to remove everything just to get to what they’re looking for and an open-top so that things away becomes easy — will fix this instantly.
5. Call Junk Shot To Haul Away The Mess
After you’ve got everything organized, chances are you’ll have plenty of trash to dispose of. Junk Shot is here to help. Download the Junk Shot app, snap some pictures, get a quote and set up an appointment — all from your phone. Our team of trained professionals will come in and haul it away quickly and efficiently. Download the Junk Shot app today or contact us at 855-297-5865.