Tips to Organize Garage Cabinets

Jun 8

Tips to Organize Garage Cabinets

It’s best to use clear, plastic containers when storing items.

Garages are notorious for becoming cluttered, as many homeowners use the space to store tools, sports equipment, and other miscellaneous items. However, a cluttered garage can become overwhelming and make it difficult to find specific items when they’re needed. Homeowners should consider the following tips to establish an organizational system in their garage cabinets to keep their garages functional.

Labeling

Labeling is one of the most important things to do while organizing garage cabinets, as they designate specific places for all items and allow them to be found quickly when needed. Using labels can also make moving to a new location easier. Various labeling systems exist, such as color coding or simply writing on masking tape with a marker. Additionally, if multiple people live in the household, labels make it easy for everyone to keep track of where things are.

Labels should be simple to understand, so consider a legend or key for clarification. For example, with color codes, it’s best to create a master list of the colors and what they correspond to. This list should be easy to understand for everyone in the family and should always be visible. One of the best ways to do so is to print out the list, laminate it to protect it from potential pests and deterioration, and affix it inside the nearest garage door cabinet or near the light switch. The key to staying organized with labels is to stay true to the system. Items should be returned to the garage cabinet they’re taken from.

Containers

It’s best to use clear, plastic containers when storing items. This not only keeps the box’s contents visible but also prevents potential damage that could be caused using a cardboard box. Additionally, there are various shapes and sizes of plastic containers to fit various cabinet shelves. Of course, boxes aren’t the only way to keep items organized; for smaller ones, such as nails, screws, or light bulbs, there are transparent plastic drawers that vary in size depending on the need.

Once all the necessary containers have been purchased, it’s best to start separating items into categories, such as holiday decorations, sports equipment, and so on. Always make sure that each container holds similar items. After separating the items, think carefully about how to organize them in the cabinets. Containers with items used regularly should be in cabinet shelves that are easy to access.

Shelving units and cabinets

Shelves and cabinets are essential to organization, as they prevent the need for stacking too many boxes or containers on top of one another, creating a much safer storage space. Cabinets and shelving units can easily be bought or built to create a far more organized garage.

Hooks and pegboards

Hooks and peg boards are useful for hanging tools, sports equipment, and other miscellaneous items. Pegboards keep things as close to the wall as possible while maintaining a clear floor, freeing up space for a vehicle or lawn mower.

They can also be used on a small scale within a garage cabinet.

By keeping everything hanging on the wall or inside a cabinet door, the garage not only looks neater, but it’s easier to locate items quickly.

Bikes

Bikes usually take up significant space on the ground. Try installing hooks on the walls to store the bikes when organizing a garage. This way, the floor has more room for other items, and the bikes are safer from damage. Bikes can be mounted to the wall or hung from the ceiling to keep them off the ground. When picking out a bike rack for a garage, consider ease of access so the storage is as convenient as possible.

Though garages are often not open to the public eye, a clean and organized garage provides peace of mind to all members of a household. Additionally, organizing the garage maximizes storage space, so more items can be kept out of the house, reducing indoor clutter. Keep these tips in mind when considering garage door organization.

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