Don’t treat the garage like a storage locker
Think twice about what you’re relegating to the garage. Limit what you keep there to things you actually use in the garage or outdoors.
“The biggest mistake I see people making that leads to a cluttered garage is using their garage as a storage unit for items that should be stored inside the home, like clothing, paperwork, sentimental items, books and other household items that do not fit indoors,” says Katherine Lawrence, a certified professional organiser.
Standardise the shelves
“So often, garages are messy because homeowners make do with the storage systems that were there when they moved in, or they are cobbled together from discarded furniture or found items that weren’t meant for garage storage,” says Melissa Keyser, a professional organiser.
People with organised garages invest in uniform shelving units that don’t scrimp on sturdiness. Look for a high weight capacity, adjustable shelves and a durable finish.
Use matching bins
It may sound trivial, but utilising the same type of bin ensures they stack together neatly. Plus, uniformity creates less visual clutter.
In a space that isn’t climate-controlled, look for hardy storage bins. Suzanne O’Donnell, of My LA Organiser, also recommends bins with an air- and weather-tight seal to protect contents from moisture, dirt and pests.