Declutter Your Garage with Racking Systems
Even the most organised people have their “messy guilty pleasures” and more often than not these all amount to a cluttered, chaotic garage. The worst part is that, even though the garage is already an utter mess, you always need to push just one more item in, so storage space becomes a constant problem. But it doesn’t have to! Not with the right kind of organisation and the right type of garage racking and shelving.
Keeping your garage clean and tidy is not a contradiction in terms, as much as it may sound so, and you’ll be amazed at just how easy it can be with the proper systems in place. But not to get ahead of ourselves, you need to do the work before you reap the benefits and, of course, there must be a perfectly organised plan for that as well. Here are some step by step instructions on how to achieve the seemingly farfetched goal of a neat and tidy garage and through easy-on-the-wallet solutions too!
1. Empty Your Garage
Before you even start looking into storage racking for garages, take everything out. An empty, clear space will be easier to assess and the results will be more accurate. While you are at it, you might as well start thinking which of the hundred belongings you are carrying out of the garage you’d like to carry back in. If you want a decluttered garage with quick and easy access to each and every item stored, then it’s high time you get rid of anything and everything that’s broken or faulty or you haven’t used in more than an year. This may take longer than you think, so allocate proper time to this task, as you don’t want to do it hurriedly. The cleansing process will basically result in 3 main categories of belongings: things you keep, things you donate or recycle and things you throw out.
2. Visualise The End Result
As said, now that the garage is completely empty, it will be significantly easier for you to take a good look at the space you have, another good look at all the stuff you decided to keep and simply visualise how everything is going to look in the end. This way, you’ll know exactly what garage racking you need to buy and what you can make yourself or even what you can do without.
- Make up zones. If you never aced solid geometry and so visualising garage racking systems in an empty space doesn’t come easy to you, a great help is to create specific zones. Just look around and decide where your bulky items will go, where the garden tools and handyman utensils will best fit or where your small parts storage systems should go.
- Decide on garage racking and shelving. Once your items are all sorted and categorised and you’ve got your garage sectioned off, it will be easier to identify what kind of storage racking for garages you need. For instance, imagine heavy duty ceiling or wall hooks for hanging bikes or skis, strong and sturdy shelves for heavy items like paint pots or sports equipment or louvre panels with bins for small parts.
- Make a list. As you go along and get a tighter grip on what you want the garage to look in the end, don’t let it all clutter in your head instead of the garage. Take a pen and paper and start making a list with everything that you need, from shelving and racking to boxes and storage containers or even workbenches and wall tool racks. See if there’s anything you already have, anything you can turn into a DIY project and everything that you need to buy.
3. Turn Thought Into Action
Planning is greatly productive and it’s definitely the right way to start the decluttering process, but at some point there’s been enough planning and you need to start your actual garage makeover. It’s hugely important to buy the right type of garage racking systems and free standing units are the best recommendation for garage storage, because wall-fixed systems have a lower weight limit and also come with the downside of you having to drill holes and take extra care for the shelves to be level. In addition, free standing units give you the liberty to move them whenever you feel like it or whenever your storage needs change.
Since you are undertaking this entire project in the garage, where humidity levels are much higher than other storage spaces, the best thing would be for you to focus on metal shelving, rather than wood.
When it comes to storage racking for garages, you will see that the options and possibilities are far more varied than you would have thought, but don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the variety. Go back to the list and see for which items exactly you need the shelving or the racking or the storage containers and this will help you make the right purchasing decision.
4. Load Your Shelves Carefully
The safety and overall success of your garage decluttering depend not only on the quality of the garage racking systems that you buy and put in place, but also on the way you set them up and load them. It’s utterly important to respect the assembly instruction, the load limitations and any other safety instructions delivered.
Respect the zones you’ve created earlier on and don’t mix gardening tools with cleaning products or sporting equipment, otherwise you won’t be able to ever find anything and the garage will turn into a mess again pretty soon. Labelling is your key alley at this point, enabling you to label every box, every section and every bin so that you can quickly see with just a glance where to turn when you need something and access it without too much of a commotion.
5. Shelf Everything
From pipes broking and boilers leaking to neighbour’s rats making their way into your perfectly cleaned garage, there are many perils that threaten the floors of your storage space, so be sure to shelf everything. If you are worried about moisture or damp in regards to boxed items, then simply buy some silica gel packets and throw them in. another upside of leaving the floor perfectly clear is that you can now finally park your car in the garage, as there’ll be enough space.
6. Doubt Yourself
This may sound strange, but don’t trust yourself, or all the other house members for that matter, to keep the garage clean from that point on, so the best thing to do is to give yourself a buffer spot. If you don’t want your garage to turn into a complete mess again too quickly, then be sure to create a “temporary” space. You know you won’t always have the time or the inclination to store every item in its proper place or put something back at the very moment you don’t need it anymore, so having a staging space where you can leave things temporarily, until you get around to storing them properly, comes very in handy. It can be a wall fixed counter, a top of a low level cabinet or whatever works in the garage racking system that you’ve chose and implemented.