Garage organization can be a huge task, since this space is often used for everything from children’s toys to holiday storage and everything in between. With so many different purposes designated to one part of the home, it can be easy for your garage to get cluttered. While this might not matter for the items you hardly use, it can make a big difference when you can’t find the tools you need to fix an overflowing toilet. Organizing tools in your garage can help you save time and find the right tool you need for any project without a lot of hassle.
Tidy up large tools like axes or lawn care items by hanging them on the wall or simply constructing a crate on the floor. Make a low box structure with a couple of two-by-fours and fill it with short sections of PVC pipes. Your tools will slide easily into the pipe, securing them in a designated resting place. With all your tools upright, you won’t have to dig through a pile to find what you need.
Although you might think a toolbox is the best place for all your hand tools like hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches, that's actually not ideal when you're trying to organize your garage or workshop. Toolboxes are great for transport, but they aren’t as necessary if you always keep your tools in the garage. In fact, you're likely to rest your tools on the bench if you're in a hurry rather than returning them to the box, which can add to the clutter and disorganization in your garage.
Hanging your tools makes it both quick to grab and quick to put away. Use a peg board and some hooks for a simple and inexpensive hanging wall that will hold hammers and screwdrivers as well as some frequently used power tools like your cordless drill. Long and thin tools can be held by cans or canisters tied to the pegboard as well.
Often, it's the tiny tools and drill bits that get lost first. Since these items are smaller, it can be hard to wrangle them. If you want your bits and blades within easy grabbing distance, stick them onto a magnetic strip, which will keep them securely in place. Additionally, you can build a shelf and attach old jars to help organize small items like screws, nails, nuts and bolts.
The key to organizing your garage is proper labeling your items. Once everything has its place, ensure that it all gets put back each time it's used by labeling where everything goes. Put labels under your tool hooks so that you'll know exactly where to return them. This also helps when family members decide to borrow a tool. Good labeling keeps confusion down and will help you maintain your garage.