Organization & Tips
|Most of us use our garage as a catch-all
for both usable and unwanted items. As a result, it can look
like a flea market instead of an organized work and storage
space; but there are some tips to help you turn it into an
area you will love.
Work Bench: Every garage needs one. The best workbenches are
heavy duty with shelves of storage underneath and room to
work on top. Mount a vise on one corner to help with your
building projects. If you are short on space, try a fold
down workbench to save room. A board for hanging all your
small tools should be mounted on the back wall of your
workbench. It can be specially made for this purpose, or you
can use a ¾” piece of plywood and use strategic nails and
hooks to hang screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, etc. Most
hardware stores also sell storage shelving for tools. To
save all your nails and screws, use old glass or plastic
jars with the lids nailed into a mounted board. You can
easily unscrew the jar and it is off the workspace area.
Another great storage idea for screws and bolts is to use
old library card filing cabinets. They are heavy duty and
If your garage has a high ceiling, placing plywood across
the beams to store things up above can create an abundance
of space below. Also use the beams to store long pieces of
lumber or piping.
Shelves hanging down from beams can be great storage for
smaller items and work great for storing winter boots. A
shelf mounted about 1 foot below the level of the ceiling is
great for paints and odds and ends. Putting storage bins
with wheels works great under stairs, or use the space to
put a bulky item that takes up a lot of space.
Old kitchen cupboards and drawers make excellent storage.
Watch your newspaper’s want ads, you may be surprised how
cheap you can pick them up for.
Large nails or brackets will work great for getting shovels
and rakes off the floor.
Other Garage Tips
If your car leaks, place an oil pan or a piece of cardboard
to absorb the spill. Dark stains are usually grease, clear
oily stains are brake fluid, and red stains are usually
transmission fluid. To get rid of oil stains on your cement,
pour a can of Coke and sprinkle baking soda on the stain.
Let it sit for ½ an hour and scrub with Dawn dishwashing
Set a mirror up in the front of your garage so you know when
your headlights burn out.
If you have support poles separating the stalls of your
garage, line them with carpeting or foam to protect your
doors when you open them.
Take the time to install a telephone in your garage if you
plan on spending a lot of time there, it will save you
Screens are available for large garage doors and work great
to keep the bugs out and let the air in. We use ours
whenever we have a party to keep the food cool and away from
Home Tips &
Garage Safety Tips
Many serious accidents occur in your garage, try and
follow these tips to avoid as many as possible.
|1. Always install a carbon monoxide and
fire detectors in your garage.
2. Keep a fire extinguisher close by.
3. Watch for rusted or worn out springs on your garage door.
4. Check to see that your electric garage door opener has
some sort of motion detector or other safety release
5. Clean up all oil or other fluids to avoid a slippery
6. Keep all chemical or poisonous products locked up away
7. A clean garage is a safe garage.
8. Try not to overfill any storage shelves, items can and
9. Keep a first aid kit near by to bandage up any minor
10. Throw away all your old junk, its just something extra
to trip on or have fall on you.