1. Move out
Completely clean out the garage and move it into the driveway or yard. Go through each item and decide when was the last time you used it. It’s a good idea to organize your items into 3 groups at this time. Frequently used items should be quickly accessible in the garage on low storage, items that you use occasionally should be stored higher and more out of the way and items you haven’t used it in over a year, get rid of them.
2. MAKE A PLAN
Your garage is an expensive room but most people don’t treat it that way. If you treat it like any other room in the house it’s worth the time to draw up a plan. Just as you would for your kitchen or bonus room take measurements and put your plan down on paper.
Decide what items that you store in the garage but use in the house. Keep those items nearest the door into the house. The big items like a lawn mower, pressure washer or snowblow should be stored under a shelf so they don’t take up as much room. Storing them in the corner is a waste of space and also makes keeping the floor clean much more difficult. Get your string trimmers, weed eater, shovels and rakes off the floor and onto a storage system. There are many systems available to help store these items.
4. GARAGE CABINETS, SHELVES AND CONTAINERS
Ideally everything should be stored off the floor. Keeping things in a cabinet, on a garage shelf or in a container not only lets you get them off the floor but keeps them clean. Not only does it keep your items clean but it makes keep the floor clean a breeze as well. Shelving is ideal for items that you need to grab quickly or when you will have your hands full.
Your garage most likely contains hazardous materials like fertilizers, pesticides, and paint. Keep those up high and out of reach or keep them locked in a garage cabinet. It also a good idea to keep your sharp gardening tools and your chainsaw in locked cabinet or up high on a garage shelf. The one item that you should never be without is a fire extinguisher. Your garage most likely has many flammable items so make sure you are covered if a fire starts.