For many people, purchasing a home is the dream of a lifetime, hosting dinner parties, having a safe environment for the family to grow and feel safe within. But there is one thing that many people forget or indeed pride themselves in, home maintenance. Having a wonderful home and garden is important, the kitchen, the bathrooms, the main living space, and the bedrooms are always kept immaculate, but there is often one room that is neglected, the home garage.
Keeping the garage maintained can be a nightmare but there are solutions to make your life easier. The use of the walls is often overlooked and there are some great solutions for example for storing bicycles and tools that you use around the home, rather than just keeping them on a workbench that will clutter up the garage. One great example for kayaks or canoes, a kayak wall rack can save so much space in the garage should you need it. Here are some other hacks to improve the use of space in the garage and help make life easier.
1: Bicycle Storage in The Home or Garage
Cycling has become one of the most popular ways to keep fit, many people own bikes and they can be very expensive depending on how serious they are, which is something that unfortunately can be damaged if stored incorrectly. There are solutions available to avoid damage and also space-saving ideas available, practicable and not too expensive to buy or even make yourself. By hanging the bike or bikes from the ceiling or using a wall-mounted system you can save space and help to avoid damage to the bike itself.
2: Gardening Equipment And Tools For Use Around The Home
They can be large or small but either size still takes up valuable space in the garage, storing them in the right way can not only save space but make them easier to access the next time they are needed. Wall mounts for larger items such as lawnmowers, garden equipment are ideal, for smaller items like tools magnetic strips mounted onto the side of a workbench or the wall are a perfect solution. Everybody accumulates tools whether it is drill bits or screwdriver magnetic holders are an awesome solution, very low cost, and keeping the clutter to a minimum, it is time-saving also reduces the need to try and find something when needed.
3: Peg Boards And Old Tin Cans Can Be Very Useful
The use of old tin cans solves two problems, disposing of them can be environmentally harmful, and can they can still be of use around the home and in the garage, using them to store pens, pencils, and small tools. Pegboards are very useful for keeping tools in an organized fashion, they are wall-mounted and give the owner the ability to see at a glance whether they have forgotten to put something back that may have been left lying around or somebody has borrowed it. The boards also help relieve the clutter on workbenches and allow for a more efficient work environment. Old cans are essentially free but boards are a definite and investment for any garage.
4: Using Plastic Containers And The Importance of Labeling Them
Plastic containers are so efficient they can be wall-mounted or placed on a shelving unit installed in the garage. By doing this it reduces clutter all over the house including the garage, but the need to label them is important, one box for specific items is essential. Each container should have a specific item or category of items otherwise it defeats the purpose of having them. Labeling makes life much easier the next time you need to find a certain screw or bike part, or tool kit.
5: Simple But Effective, Use a Bucket to Store The Garden Hose
Storing efficiently a garden hose can be a bit troublesome, the hose can get tangled and take up a lot of space in the garage or garden but there are solutions at hand. By using an old bucket and attaching it to the wall with screws it will give you something to wrap the hose around and make your life much easier. Neatly allowing you to store the hose and free up space, this method can also be used for rope, and if you are into DIY any electrical cables that may be used for future projects around the home. Anything similar bucket can be used, it saves on buying an expensive alternative from the hardware store. Simple but expensive.
6: The Ceiling is Also a Perfect Place to Store Items
Usually, the walls are where people use racks to help with the storage space within the garage but the ceiling can also be utilized for storage. It is a perfect place to hang a rack and place items on and is not getting in anybody’s way, ladders and items that are not used very often can be stored and almost forgotten about. Cheap to either make or buy this system is easy to make and install but often not thought about by most people, making use of every available part of the room is the goal.
7: Storing Sports Equipment Can Take up Lots of Space
Within recent years more and more people are taking up sports to improve their lifestyle. Diets are also changing as health becomes more of a priority for many people, the only downside of this is where to keep the equipment that accompanies this thirst for health. The garage is the ideal place to store equipment but bikes, skies or snowboards do take up a lot of space, but there are solutions. Again wall mounted storage is very popular and will help prevent any damage that could accidentally occur whilst working in the garage, also using the original packing that the item came with it can save space.
Many people throw out the original packing in the excitement of buying their new equipment, this can be a mistake after all the packaging was designed to be the best method of protecting the equipment and will ensure the items are protected.
Keeping a well-organized garage is part of keeping a well-organized home but yet is still something that is often overlooked and soon the space becomes cluttered. It is much less time-consuming when looking for things that are needed when the garage is well maintained and organized. Being able at ease to find the correct tool or bike part in the quickest way possible saves time and possibly losing money buying a new one when you have it anyway somewhere in the garage.
It is never easy to maintain any home and it can spiral out of control if left neglected, but with some simple thought and planning life can be made easier. Everybody is guilty of this but by utilizing the space available the clutter can be removed from any situation. By making simple and practical changes to the way things are organized makes life easier for all households. Often the best ways are things that are overlooked, are free, and don’t require investment, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want some free life hacks.