Find out how a well-organized garage can make it easier to tackle chores and get out the door.
Though it’s sometimes overlooked, the garage is an important hub of the home: It’s often our last stop before leaving the house for work or school, and it holds some of our handiest items like tools and cleaning supplies. You may not give much thought to your messy, cluttered garage, but putting some effort into organizing and updating this space can actually save you time in the long run. From getting out the door on time to tackling chores to staying fit, see how your garage can help you get it all done.
1. Mini Mudroom
If your typical morning routine includes 15 minutes of tracking down coats, backpacks and keys, your garage can help you take back some of that time. Convert one wall into an organized drop zone where the whole family can keep out-the-door essentials in one convenient place. Be sure to include hooks for outerwear and bags, benches with open shelves for shoes, and labeled bins where each family member can stash the things they’ll need for the day.
2. Smart Garage Door Opener
Have you ever left your house for the day, and then had to backtrack home because you couldn’t remember if you closed the garage door? Install a connected garage door opener. Plus, an automatic lock makes your garage door virtually impenetrable, giving you peace of mind when you're away.
3. Tools at the Ready
Tackling home repairs and DIY projects is so much easier when you can actually find all of your tools. Dedicate one wall of your garage to tool storage. Hang up all of your tools, and you’ll always be able to find exactly what you need without digging through drawers and cabinets.
4. Organized Recycling
Recycling is a great habit to get into, but if you want to stick with it, it’s important to find a system of keeping empty bottles and cans from taking over the kitchen. Recycling bins can hog precious floor space in the house or the garage, but you can save space but mounting the bins on the wall using scrap wood. Just slide them off when it’s time to take them to the recycling center.
5. Car Washing Station
Don’t waste time searching for soap, sponges and rags when your car desperately needs a wash. Use a picture hanger to hang a flat-backed feeding bucket on the garage wall to store car washing supplies. Just grab it and carry it to the driveway when you need it.
You can also avoid the hassle of untangling a twisted hose or extension cord with this hack: Hang them on the wall from 1-foot sections of chain and a coat hook. Make sure to mount the coat hook on a stud or use wall anchors.
6. Exercise Made Easy
We all have good intentions to stay fit and healthy, but let’s be honest: Finding time to go to the gym can be hard. If you have space in your garage, set aside a corner for exercise with equipment like weights, medicine balls and yoga mats; our trusty friends, pegboard and slatwall, come in handy here as well for saving floor space. It’s much easier to squeeze in a few minutes of exercise each day if you can do it from home.
By: Shannon Petrie