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Orderly Storage: 5 Garage Organization Tips for Busy Dads

Is there so much clutter in your garage that you have to park your car in the driveway? You aren’t alone. Only 30 percent of Americans have room in their garages for the family car. When you decide to tackle the mess, be sure you allow enough time. Cleaning out and organizing your garage will take at least a full day. It may require several days spread over more than one weekend.

Sort Everything

Before you can organize a garage, you must clear it out so you can get inside. Pick an area to put stuff temporarily. If there is no rain in the forecast, your driveway is perfect. Mark three sections for things to keep, items to donate and trash. Take everything out of the garage.

Storage Don’ts

Some things should not be kept in the garage. Pet food and paper are food for animals and insects. If the garage isn’t connected to your home’s HVAC system, sore paint elsewhere. Paint will be ruined by extreme temperatures. Don’t store propane tanks inside because fumes can create a fire hazard. Install a carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.

Measure the Garage

Measure the dimensions of the garage. You’ll need this information to determine to decide what storage systems will fit. Draw a diagram that marks the locations of doors, windows, outlets and switches. Allow for these fixtures as you decide how to arrange storage areas.

Create a Storage System

You’ll need shelves to properly organize the garage. To make the most efficient use of the space, think vertically. A wall-mounted pegboard allows you to use vertical spaces to hang various items. Choose shelving that is as tall as the garage will accommodate.

Consider investing in a small pallet racking system from a company like T.P. Supply Co, Inc. This is a metal frame that supports wood storage pallets. These systems are wider than most shelves. Pallet system are ideal if you have a lot of bulky items.

Organize for Accessibility

When you start putting stuff away in the garage, start with items you seldom use. These should be stored in the least accessible places. Put frequently used things toward the front of shelves. Large items like lawnmowers are best kept in corers where you won’t bump into then with your car.


Each garage storage situation is unique. Rules of thumb can guide you. However, organizing anything is as much an art as it is a science. Don’t hesitate to think outside the box.

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