If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you’ve invested a significant chunk of money in your tools. After all the time and expense of building your collection, why would you leave it scattered haphazardly throughout your garage?
See how to create a custom garage storage plan that keeps your tools organized, protected, and easily accessible with the following eight tips:
- Start with a Plan for Your Organization Project
- Enlist Some Help
- Set Aside Ample Time
- Eliminate Extra Items Taking Up Valuable Space
- Consider How (and How Often) You Use Each Tool
- Group Like Items Together
- Know the Best Places to Store Items
- Know Which Tools Don’t Belong in Your Garage
1. Make A Plan
This Old House recommends starting with a plan for your garage organization overhaul. That includes taking detailed measurements of your garage so you know how much space you’re working with. Ideally, you’ll record your measurements as a diagram that includes other important elements of your space, including windows, doors, outlets, switches, and even the space your car takes up.
2. Enlist Some Help
HGTV notes that tackling a seriously disorganized garage is not for the faint of heart. Without help, it can be overwhelming and cause you to abandon the project altogether. Worse still, attempting to reposition garage items and tools can hurt you and the possessions you’re trying to better organize and protect.
4. Eliminate Extra Items
5. Consider How (And How Often) You Use Each Tool
A huge part of your garage organization should center around your tool use. To save valuable time and effort when working on a home project, place your most-used items closer at hand, in a more accessible place. Have an ultra-specific tool you only use once a year? Consider stashing that one in the back or in another less accessible storage space. Have a power tool that you use frequently? Keep it closer to an outlet. Your garage workspace should be a highly personalized area tailored to the types of projects and repairs you typically work on.
6. Group Like Items Together
DIY Network explains that grouping similar items together will help you on two fronts: you’ll be prepared to store all of your tools in the same general area and you’ll actually see how many items from each category you have. This will help you determine the optimal storage solution for each category of tools. For example, seeing all of your gardening tools together may help you realize that you need to set aside more space for this particular hobby. Plus, you’ll also be able to more clearly recognize any duplicates that you can get rid of to free up space.
7. Know The Best Places To Store Items
8. Know Which Tools Don’t Belong In Your Garage
Depending on your climate, temperatures and humidity levels can fluctuate wildly in an uninsulated garage. Those dramatic conditions make it a less-than-ideal place to keep some of your tools, chemicals, and accessories:
- Plastic items can become brittle and are prone to breaking in colder temperatures.
- Propane tank leaks can cause a potentially deadly fire.
- Metal tools can rust in garages with excess moisture, especially in humid climates.
- Electronic items can be damaged by humidity or even small insects.
- Paint can separate, thicken or spoil, even if it’s brand new in the original can.
- Batteries for battery-powered hand tools can quickly wear out in extreme temperatures.