Ready to break out of your winter blues now that summer's finally here? Although your vacation plans may be booked and your grill is firing up for a season of barbequing, there's one thing left on that To-Do list you must tackle before you can bask in the glory of summer: clean out the garage. After all, you'll need an organized garage in order to keep track of all of your summer equipment. Although cleaning out the garage seems like a daunting task we've compiled a few smart and quick tips to get the garage organized and keep it that way. With a little help, you can get the garage cleaned out fast – leaving you loads of time to enjoy the summer.
Start by taking everything out of the garage and organizing the items by season, activity, and frequency. Items that you won't be using for several months, like a snow blower or snow thrower should be stored in your CubeSmart unit until winter. Additionally, if you have tools or equipment that you use on a less frequent basis, such as spare roof tiles or exterior siding panels for your home, these items can also be stored away. This way, the garage will have enough space to house all items you use more frequently, and allow for easy, quick access to them.
Smart Garage Organization Tips
If you seem to have an overwhelming about of stuff in the garage, start by taking inventory of all your belongings and writing a list. Then, take measurements of your garage. It may be helpful to draw a working sketch of the space to determine the best way to arrange items before you start moving them around.
When you've taken inventory of everything in the garage – ask yourself "What do I need access to this summer and what don't I need access to for a few months?" You can move anything you won't need for a while into a corner or backroom of the garage, or better yet to a CubeSmart cube.
Once you've identified what to put in long-term storage, you'll need to implement an organization system. Start by dividing the garage into distinct areas. Designate sections for frequently used tools (gardening and woodworking for example), machinery (lawnmowers, weed whacker, etc.) and other equipment and make sure you have easy access to these areas.
Depending on your needs, you may want to allocate additional storage space for activities you do more frequently. If you're taking on gardening projects this summer, for example, you'll want to make sure to carve out enough space to store and organize everything you'll need – bags of dirt, brick/stone, plants, pots, seeds, etc. If you are planning to practice your woodworking skills this summer, you'll want to make sure you have enough space for all your equipment plus wood and/or paint for upcoming projects.
As you begin to clean, rearrange and organize the garage, here's a list of genius ways to get more out of your garage space. Refer back to it for some guidance while you clean. Good Luck!
General Cleaning Tips
- Increase your garage’s storage capacity by using walls to store large tools such as shovels, rakes, and power tools.
- A pegboard can be used to hang and organize tools. Paint squares on the pegboard to designate spots for specific items. Position frequently used tools in areas where they are easy to reach.
- Hooks can secure the most unwieldy tools without consuming too much coveted wall space. Mount hooks to so there's enough room in between items to prevent handles from knocking together.
- Installing screwdriver racks is another smart way to keep tools in order. Select a design that displays the tool tips so you can easily identify items at a glance.
- Upcycle spice containers from the kitchen to store small items such as screws, nails, and bolts. Label each container to make it easy to identify what's inside. Mounting a magnetic panel to a pegboard can be a great way to hold the canisters when not in use.
- Use plastic bins and trays to create space for holding regularly used items, such as seed packets, pliers, and painter’s tape. It'll save time from having to search for those small items.
Gardening Tools Organization
- Store pots bins, soil, and watering cans upright on adjustable shelves to free up space and eliminate clutter on the floor. Adjustable shelving makes it easy to rearrange and remount shelves at different heights to accommodate new items.
- Mounting a folding table beneath the shelving unit provides you with an easy-to-access surface for potting plants.
- Use sturdy containers such as trash cans or bins to store messy things such as soil or salt for de-icing pathways in winter. Place a cup inside the container for easy measuring.
- If you have a small amount of space to store any gardening gear, our how-to guide to building a potting bench can help you make the most of your space. In addition, you may want to check our guide for more ways to organize your gardening tools.
Fishing Gear Organization Tips
Angling to reel in a big catch this summer? Then you'll definitely need to make room for all your fishing rods, reels, and lures. Find some quick tips below, but you may want to check out our extensive guide to storing fishing gear for more help.
- Fishing rods can be stored vertically or horizontally, just as long as they are kept straight, unbent, and out of the way.
- If you prefer vertical storage, attach PVC piping or upcycled toilet paper rolls to a wall in your garage. Depending on the diameter of the piping or roll, you may be able to fit two or three rods inside it.
- As an alternative, measure the length of the longest rod and use the measurements to attach stall hooks. Lay your rods on top of the hooks to make sure the rods are supported. If not, install additional stall hooks as needed.
- Tackling fishing lure clutter can be easy with a little help from Wired 2 Fish's Aaron Martens. In this video, he shares organization tips that helped make him become a better angler.
Lawn Care Storage
From lawn mowers and weed whackers to snow blowers and shovels, there's a lot of lawn-care equipment taking up space in your garage. Make sure you are making the most of your limited space but putting seasonal items in your CubeSmart unit for long-term storage. Not only will you be saving space, you'll prevent it from getting damaged during its off-season.
Dedicate a space big enough to hold all of your seasonal lawn-care products. When the weather starts to cool down, give your lean, mean grass-cutting machine one final check using these maintenance and storage tips for lawn mowers before storing it for winter. This way you'll have enough room to house all your snow removal equipment. After the last snowflake has fallen in the spring, you can safely store your snow-blowing equipment back in your CubeSmart unit.
Sport Equipment, Surfboards, and More
Need smart ideas to store sport equipment, surfboards, and more? Use these below smart storage guides as inspiration for additional ways to help you organize your garage.
- Washing & Storing Sports Gear: A Guide for Parents of Athletes
- Saving Space on Bicycle Day
- A Surfer Dude's Guide to Smart Surfboard Storage
- The Ultimate Grill Storage Guide