Even the neatest homeowners tend to forget about the garage when they do seasonal cleaning and, as bad as this habit might seem, it’s completely understandable. The garage is not a living space, people do not spend as much time here as they do in their bedroom or living room, so they end up using it as a huge recycle bin for items they no longer need, but do not want to throw away. One day, it’s the tricycle your daughter outgrew, then it’s your old PlayStation and, next thing you know, the garage becomes so cluttered that you can no longer make sense of it. If you’re tired of all the mess and want to organise, take everything out, do a thorough clean and get rid of everything you haven’t used in the past year. Then, use these tips and tricks on how to choose garage racking systems and store items in a smart way.
Know your racking systems
Garage racking systems are one of those things that seem simple until you go to a specialised store and realise that choosing the right ones can be a bit tricky. The key to buying the right storage racking is knowing exactly what it will be used for. Before placing an order, make a list of all the items you want to store and organise them based on weight and dimensions. Invest in metal racks if you need to store heavier objects and in chipboard racks if you have lighter objects. Also, try to put practicality before aesthetics. Even though wood racking systems look beautiful, they can become problematic because humidity is higher in garages, so stick to metal instead.
Vertical storage – practical and safe
Vertical storage is usually the go-to choice, because very few homeowners can boast with a huge garage with plenty of floor space. This way of storing items has three major advantages. Firstly, it helps you save space, even when you want to store heavy and bulky items such as bikes or seasonal cleaning equipment. Secondly, it’s very safe, because it keeps potentially dangerous things such as paint, cutting tools and flammable liquids out of children’s reach. Thirdly, you will be able to park the car without worrying that you’ll bump into something that was lying on the floor.
Prioritise and label
Once you’ve found the adequate racking systems and installed them according to the instructions, you can proceed to the final step, which is bringing all the items back inside. When deciding how far each item will be from the door, ask yourself how often you use it. Thus, frequently used things should be as close to the exit as possible and the things you rarely need should be placed somewhere in the back or higher up on shelves. Although not crucial, labelling storage boxes can save you a lot of time. Whether you use a label maker or write the names yourself, you will definitely find it easier to keep everything organised and within reach.