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Garage Cleanup – Yes You Need To Do It

By Peppertan

As time passes by, garages tend to slowly become a graveyard of all things old and useless: clothes, children’s bikes, textbooks, rollerblades, and suitcases. Come to think of it, you probably have a ton of things in your garage that you’re not using anymore but cannot throw away for some reason. Take a moment and consider doing a major cleanup and garage makeover – it can result in incredible, well organized, and clean space you will be able to use for more than just storing things.

Use the walls

Vertical space is usually not used to its full potential, and you can have more storage space simply by using your walls. Metal racks hold wrenches in good positions, so you can use them to hang everything around. Moreover, by using a simple metal clothing rack, you will be able to get more space on tables and floors. Having a pegboard on your walls will save you plenty of time too, for you will be able to attach simple plastic cups on it and use them for keeping pencils, screws, and nuts.

Use the ceiling too

When you have enough shelves and your pegboard walls seem like they cannot hold anything else but there are still things you need to put away, why not use your ceilings too? Find good carriages (or build them yourself) and mount them on your ceiling (make sure they are well attached). Once you’ve finished, simply take all your totes which you can fill with anything you (don’t) need, and add them to carriages. Simple idea, but it will give you more space for your car and you will be able to find what you need more quickly in totes that are in the open.

Mind your tools

Having a messy garage can be annoying and frustrating, but having your tools lying scattered all over the place can be dangerous as well. Find ways to keep things organized: buy a toolbox from an online tool shop, add magnetic strips for all those things you need every day, make more shelves and your own PVC garden tools holders which you can attach to the walls. There are plenty ideas and tips out there that can help you organize your garage space and make it cleaner and safer place.

Wall studs are useful

Unfinished garage walls with studs all over the place can be annoying, but it can also be useful for storage and cleaning up the place. Utilize the studs and use them to hang heavier items like shovels or even bikes. In addition, you can put a few boards to the front and as a result you will have a semi-shelving unit in a blink of an eye. Your (or your boys’) old sports equipment can be easily organized if you hang a few bungee cords on those studs.

Mason jars to the rescue

Sometimes even your shelves need help because there are just too many things on them. By adding mason jars underneath them, you will get more space, and will be able to find what you need much more quickly. Screw the lids of mason jars or glue the lids of simple plastic ones to the bottom of the shelf and use these to store smaller items such as bolts, nuts, and nails which usually get lost quite easily.

It is a good decision to take a day or two and clean up your garage space; not only will you dig up plenty of old things which you will then be able to give to charity or sell on a garage sale, but you will create a wonderfully organized and clean space with your own two hands and a bit of creativity.

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