Planning your work
Before starting any new project, it is always a good idea to plan the work ahead of time.
It is a lot easier to determine the needs once the cleaning is done.
Start by sorting items into three piles:
- Elements to recycle
- Things to throw away
- Objects to give away.
Look for organizations in your neighborhood to give away items that you don’t need.
After the space has been cleared of many items, it is a great time to clean out the garage walls and windows carefully. Now is also the best time to repaint the floor and/or walls at this time.
Make a plan
- Gather together similar types of supplies and items currently stored in the garage.
- Apply tape on the floor where the cars sit in the garage.
- Take measurements with the help of a measuring tape & draw a floor plan to figure out where things will fit & how.
- Create storage zones or groups of items on the plan.
- Tape out proposed storage areas on the floor.
- Visit our website and renovation centers to better find out about the different storing options offered.
- Purchase storage units or materials to build them yourself.
- Plan to store items used most frequently near the home’s access door.
- Seasonal equipment such as snow tires, kayaks, and bikes should be put together in one place, likely up high, to clear the floor. If needed, install a ceiling storage system with hoist pulleys.
- Avoid storing large equipment such as a lawn mower in a corner. Rather, park it underneath shelving.
- Hang items such as ladders, shovels, rakes, and other garden tools onto racks & hooks on the wall.
- Find or purchase a safe place to store hazardous materials such as fertilizers, pesticides, and paint in a locked cabinet.
- Keep sharp tools hung up high, out of easy reach and secured tightly.
- Keep chain saws and other sharp tools stored in locked boxes.
- When planning the space, make sure there is enough room to walk around the equipment without tripping.
- Make sure lighting is strong enough in the work areas to prevent accidents.