The days at home got even the confused people to organize. The spice rack now shows bottles sorted alphabetically in neat rows. The closet has areas for formal and informal clothing that are divided according to the season. Pots and pans are sorted by type, the cutlery drawer is a model for organizational excellence. But the garage is still overflowing with who-knows-what, here, there, and everywhere. Time to organize.
Separating wheat from chaff
It is best to attack the garage early in the day so you can temporarily store things outside while you work. Arm yourself with a series of empty trash cans and trash bags and get to work. After bringing vehicles to the driveway, dig into the piles of trash and valuables. Weigh the value of each item ruthlessly. If your garage is overflowing with material that has accumulated over the years, you can assume that much of it will be useless. (Not using something in years qualifies it as useless.) Throw away things that nobody wants and pack things that someone else might want for a later flea market or donation.
Containers of gardening supplies and automotive chemicals that are almost empty or have expired should be disposed of, as should paint cans with leftovers from a renovation years ago. Most of it has to go to a landfill for dangerous products. The same goes for old tires and car batteries. Some communities host Hazardous Waste Days, while most metro areas have at least some landfills that are accessible year-round.
It's cleanup time
Before you bring your guards back to the garage, you need to thoroughly clean up the briefly empty space. For the floor, use an oil-stained concrete cleaning product and work it in well. If you have a pressure washer, use it here. If not, work an old broom in the cleaning solution and rinse it off with a garden hose.
An epoxy garage floor coating can brighten up your space and now is the time to apply it if you so desire. It looks great, wears well, and is stain resistant. However, glossy coatings can be slippery when wet. Most require 24 hours of drying time before they can withstand pedestrian traffic, and vehicles must be left outdoors for several days. If you epoxy a two-car garage floor yourself, you need to budget several hundred dollars in material. It costs approximately $ 1,500 to be professionally done.
Since vehicles occupy the center of most garages, look at the walls, ceiling, and perimeter to keep the things you want to keep. Shelves are a good place to start. If some of the things you store on shelves are heavy, a sturdy steel unit is a good choice. These types of shelves come in a variety of sizes from many online sellers. A high-performance unit with four shelves, 77 inches high by 72 inches wide, costs about $ 200. For that price, manufacturers claim the shelves will hold up to £ 2,000. If you don't plan on storing heavy equipment, you can find lighter shelves for less than $ 100. (And used is even cheaper.)
Properly store the products on the shelves. For example, you could have one section for garden products, another for automotive requirements, a third for electrical parts, a fourth for paint supplies, and a fifth for cleaning products.
Don't forget about the walls and the ceiling
Many of your tools and toys can be tucked away on walls and ceilings. A variety of hooks, racks, and shelves to be installed in garages are available.
Hooks installed in ceiling joists are great for hanging bikes, especially those that are rarely used. However, setting up the bikes is not an easy task for everyone except young and strong people. Use two hooks, one for each wheel, if you want the bikes to hang up and out of the way. You can hang a bike by the front wheel on a sturdy single hook, but if it's not right next to a wall, it's in the way.
Wall-mounted bike racks are easy to install and may allow the bike to be locked, but they don't save as much space as a ceiling mount. Typical wall shelves cost around $ 90. A sturdy wall hook and a bungee cord or cord looped through the front wheel will do the job for peanuts.
Large tool storage rails can be screwed into the garage wall posts. Some come with brackets that hold a broom, spade, hoe, or rake. Other rails have hooks that surround the handle of the tool and hold it to the wall. Strangely shaped tools such as loppers can also be hung from the rails.
Ladders and light garden tools such as fertilizer spreaders can also be hung on the wall with sturdy brackets or hooks.
Light it up
Garages are usually built with one or two ceiling lights for single light bulbs. They provide little light and make the room dark and gloomy.
Up until a few years ago, garage owners who wanted better lighting installed a fluorescent lamp with multiple bulbs instead of each individual incandescent lamp. That made for much better lighting. But fluorescent lighting is not a good environmental or financial choice, and some are no longer available.
You could replace them with a tube LED light that delivers more light and uses a lot less energy. LED tubes usually last 20 years or more. They are more expensive than fluorescent tubes, but they pay off through energy savings.
An LED cluster light is a simpler solution, however, as it can be screwed into an existing single bulb socket.
The lights are equipped with hundreds of tiny LED lamps on three or four heat sink plates made of cast aluminum. Each panel can be adjusted to direct the light (they are often referred to as deformable lights). You can buy them in versions from 60 watts to 160 watts, and manufacturers say that a 60 watt LED light is four times brighter than a 60 watt incandescent lamp, but it no longer uses any energy.
The devices sell for around $ 15 to just over $ 50. The most powerful and expensive models are equipped with a motion sensor that can detect movement and turn the light on and off.
All the better to showcase your newly organized garage.