Is your garage a disaster waiting to happen? Those piles of sports equipment, lawn tools, and seasonal decorations are more than an eyesore. They also create a safety hazard and a potential breeding ground for rodents and pests.
If you want to protect your home’s value in preparation for your big move, you might want to organize your garage. Don’t worry; a messy garage happens to the best of us. Fortunately, with a little effort, you can have a clean, safe, and organized garage.
If you often find yourself wasting time while searching for something in your garage, it’s time to invest in garage cabinets. Cabinets hide clutter and create a clean, streamlined look in a garage. Garage cabinets are a step up from freestanding shelving because they are secured to the floor.
Freestanding shelves create a topple hazard, and your clutter will still be on display. Homeowners with children can install locking cabinets to store toxic chemicals.
Are you having trouble finding room in your garage to park your car? Overhead shelving will double the amount of floor space you have. Use clear plastic bins to protect your belongings from dust and water. While you’re organizing your garage, get rid of clutter you don’t need by throwing out any items you no longer use or donate them to a local charity.
Organize Your Workbench
It’s difficult to get any work done when your workbench is covered in tools. Attaching pegboard to the walls provides a convenient way to keep your tools organized.
Pegboards are inexpensive, and most home improvement stores sell add-ons that will keep the messiest of workbenches organized. Cabinets installed under your workbench are great for storing larger power tools and wood scraps.
Show Insects and Rodents the Door
Clutter in your garage is an open invitation to rats and mice. Rodents are skittish creatures, and they love cozy hiding spots. Boxes, cans, and piles of junk in your garage are ideal nesting places for rats and mice. These rodents carry diseases, and they also like to chew on everything including the wires in your vehicle.
Another common home invader is the cockroach. Roaches love clutter and cardboard. Cockroaches communicate by excreting pheromones, and cardboard holds their scent longer than other materials. Clean up clutter and use plastic bins to keep roaches from showing up in your garage and making their way into your house.
You can have a clean and organized garage in less than a day with a little elbow grease. A little effort goes a long way when it comes to keeping your life organized.