These are unique times we are living in, and many of us are finding an abundance of time at home right now. As we seek activities to fill our days, perhaps we can glimpse a silver lining to this new norm. Maybe this is the perfect time to get a jump on those shoulda, woulda, coulda tasks on the to-do list that eluded us in our previously hectic schedules.
Why not start with straightening up the often-overlooked but oh-so-cluttered garage? Here are some solutions to get your garage space organized in no time:
From wrenches and hammers to screwdrivers and saws, hand tools are a necessity for savvy homeowners, but a well-stocked lineup can easily slip into a messy disarray if organizational measures aren’t established upfront. If it fits the budget, a sturdy tool chest is perfect for keeping tools tidy. Choose one with wheels for a handy upgrade. Alternatively, a pegboard hung on the wall and small hooks make great use of vertical space, as does a powerful magnetic strip or buckets hung from a wall-slat system.
Whether digging holes for perennials or raking up autumn leaves, landscaping tools are a must, particularly for gardeners. Using wall hooks, shovels, rakes, and even leaf blowers can be safely and securely stored out of the way in an easy-to-identify-and-grab manner.
Have athletes in your family? Basketball, softball, soccer . . . all involve balls that seem to roll away when it’s least convenient. Contain this spherical equipment in a simple top-load ball corral or invest in clever, inexpensive ball claws and say goodbye to rollaway balls forever.
Bicycles are incredible for enjoying the great Colorado outdoors, but it’s no secret they take up a lot of valuable real estate in a garage. Rubber-covered hooks are a no-fuss way to free up floor space by hanging bikes along a wall or from a ceiling stud. Another cool ceiling option uses the physics of a simple pulley-system to lift bikes up and out of the way.
For holiday decorations, luggage, and other miscellaneous items you store in the garage, a shelving system and rigid totes are an excellent storage solution. Better yet, consider an overhead rack and free up much-needed floor space for items you use more regularly.
The Not-So-Necessary Stuff
Truth be told, garages tend to accumulate far more than we realize. The final storage solution is not so much about storing as it is about shedding. Take stock of the extras in your garage and cut the clutter to make space for that which genuinely adds value to your life.
A final note for the skiers and snow shredders out there: although the garage seems an obvious place to store bulky boards and skis, experts advise against it. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels can wreak havoc on such equipment. Instead, slip your gear into a ski bag and slide it under your bed for climate-controlled, out-of-the-way storage.
In this time of uncertainty, it can be helpful to distract ourselves. Tackling tasks that we tend to push off until another day is a great way to not only refocus our energies but also to accomplish necessary items on every homeowner’s to-do list.
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