If you’re anything like the rest of us, your garage probably looks like this 

It’s organized in it’s own way, right? See that glorious path from the house to through the garage to the outside? Perfect! Well not so much. What if you ever need anything in there? And don’t give the old, “well, I know where to find everything!” Let’s pretend for a moment that it’s not all about you and perhaps from time to time your family members may need something in the garage as well. We’ve got your solution…sort of. Try out some of these tips this winter season so you can enjoy your spring and summer months without the added stress of spring cleaning the garage.

1) Plan.

Consider what you have and what you need to store. Don’t forget about functionality either. You may want to store seasonal items that you won’t need readily available in the attic. Instead, tools, paint, cleaning supplies, yard supplies, and so on in convenient cabinet or on shelves. Sometimes hiring a professional just to help in the planning stage is necessary. A professional can help you realize your vision by asking the right questions.

2) Store.

Whether or not you plan to park your car in the garage, it is a good rule of thumb to avoid floor storage. In the event of a flood for example those cardboard boxes will not protect your belongings. Rather, use your walls as frequently as possible. Install shelving, cabinets, hooks, and racks. You can store hoses, tools, cords, ladders, bikes, and miscellaneous items all on or in the wall. Not only is it safer for your stuff, but it looks professionally organized.

3) Lifestyle.

     Depending on your lifestyle you might need a specialty storage system. Do you ski, golf, garden, etc? Hang your skis on the wall. Create a sports storage closet for golf clubs, balls, shoes, trophies, and so on. Maybe you need a utility table with open storage and baskets for your gardening tools. 

4) Prepare.

With winter fast approaching we recommend keeping sand and salt at the ready. The best place to store these items is in your garage off of the floor. Professional organizers recommend using tilt-out hampers for easy access to keep your sand and salt protected all winter.

5) Lighten.

Lastly, don’t forget the lighting! And a single overhead florescent light just won’t do. Instead consider motion-sensor or battery-powered LED lights. They are efficient and will still work in the event of a power outage. You can easily mount them out of sight under cabinets, in drawers, or in closets.

For more information visit Houzz.com where they offer you expert tips from professionals.