Organize your garage and a little piece of your life with a simple garage organization system. Count the benefits! It improves garage appearance, helps you find stuff, makes it safer by removing the clutter, and lets you remove dusty bunnies and spider webs easily while providing practical visible and hidden storage. That's not just a win/win--that's a five-way win!
Clear the clutter on the wall where the garage organization system will be installed. It's an opportunity to discard, recycle, and find belongings that you have seen for more than a year. Now you can see what's what space-wise.
Consider space and the types of storage required as you plan the garage organization system. It should be multipurpose and customized to your needs. A base cabinet and shelving provide both hidden and visible storage.
Purchase components for the garage organization system that are durable and easy to assemble. Ready-made kits for a plastic base cabinet are available with snap-together construction. Its modules can be moved to try different configurations for optimum use.
Test the fit of the base cabinet in the garage organization system before installation. If the wall aren't square or have curbs and obstacles that prevent components from fitting without gaps, a ready-made countertop may save the day.
Purchase a pre-made standard length countertop with a backsplash for the cabinet base to extend the use of the garage organization system and solve the fit problem, too. Secure it to the cabinet base with wood screws.
Install a ledger behind the tall cabinet in the garage organization system to solve the same curb/obstacle problem and offer a support to which the cabinet can be screwed. The tall cabinet will fit and match the front profile of the short cabinet.
Purchase adjustable wire shelving for your garage organization system, choosing from a variety of shelf widths and fixtures. Secure the support rails next to the ceiling in the header at the top of the wooden stud wall.
Mount the vertical shelf standards for the garage organization system by slipping the slotted end over the rail installed at the ceiling. Slide the standards left or right for positioning and leveling before securing them with plastic anchors and screws.
Mount the brackets for the garage organization system, positioning them as desired along the standards. Snap the back of the wire shelves into the notches on the brackets first, and then snap in the fronts to secure them.
Arrange belongings on your garage organization system as appropriate for the items stored. Adding a rack for long handled garden tools completes the system, proving that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.