Aussie Shed and Garage Storage Solutions!
5 Simple Proven Steps to Clear the Clutter From Your Shed or Garage in 1 Hour or Less!
Is your shed or garage where anything that is unwanted in the house ends up? Clear the clutter with a simple storage solution that you can erect without tools in 15 minutes or less. The rest of the time is for sorting out what you do and don’t need. The needs are stored and don’ts either go in the rubbish or sell them on eBay and make yourself some extra cash.
Your shed or garage should be a sanctuary, a place to tinker, store the camping and fishing gear or somewhere to keep the car out of the sun. A sacred place where men go to do “Secret Men’s Business”.
So let’s start our do it yourselfer’s dream project to “Clear the Clutter” with these five simple steps.
So roll up the sleeves and get to it. Take everything out (see 2. Arrange so you don’t have to sort twice), and put it on the lawn patio or driveway. When it is empty give a good sweep and dust, clean up oil spills, repair any damage and give it a coat of paint.
In order to clearly see what things you have in the garage, group items together by their purpose. This arrangement is better than arranging things by size. Create a separate area within the garage for tools, home improvement, sports equipment, seasonal items, abandoned hobbies, gardening tools, etc. If there are items that belong inside the home, immediately move them there. Also, create a pile for rubbish as well as a pile for donation. If you have borrowed items from neighbours and friends, create a pile for “returns” so that they will not get mixed up with your things.
Now look at what you have that will need to be stored in the Shed or garage. That spare tyre you kept doesn’t fit the new car is just taking up space. The unwanted and the unusable can either be disposed of correctly or sold on eBay or in the local Trading Post.
Review the items you have, know whether you need them or not, whether you will use them or not and if someone uses it. Sort each pile into only those items you will use regularly, or need to keep on hand for special occasions such as holiday etc…
Storing comes next. Through observations, it can be said that most people do not make efficient use of their garage space because everything collects on the floor.
Now we need to think about how we will put back everything that we have decided to keep. Here we have a number of choices, so let’s start with the shelving.
Beware of cheap and inferior imitations.
- Shelving comes in many varieties, from the recycled kitchen cabinets or wardrobes to purpose built shelving.For under $250 you cab get wire shelving and have almost a cubic metre of space with a capacity of 1,200 kg with 4 adjustable shelves. This can be expanded at a later date to make room for more gear. Invest in see-through storage containers or baskets that can be labelled and stacked for smaller items.
- Wall space can be utilised for larger items, such as sports equipment and tools or where you need to use a narrow space. By purchasing pegboard or louvre panels with plastic storage bins, these utiliise the walls to maximise available space. But be sure that the wall you are fixing to will take the weight.
- Storage bins and trays can either be used on the shelving or mounted on the wall storage.
- The ceiling space can also be utilised for light items or things that are rarely used. But be sure that the rafters will support them comfortably.
- A workbench area with shelves or drawers under is important.
Place rubbish bins near the entrance so you don't need to drag them through the battlefield on rubbish day.
When every thing is set up, all you need to do is to keep it tidy. Make sure you return items to their designated spaces in the shed or garage when you are done using it. It only takes a few seconds, but it can mean the difference between keeping your garage organized and neat or descending back into chaos.
Now it’s time to enjoy and show off your remodelled shed or garage.