Your closets are overflowing, perhaps even your bedroom has become a haven for an array of “stuff”, from suitcases to sports gear. In your kitchen, the cupboards are full to the top with canned goods, leaving little space to prepare for bad weather or other disasters with some extra food. Or maybe you have a host of cleaning supplies and chemicals stored under your kitchen sink and within reach or your children and pets. Whatever your situation, finding more space to store household items is a must, and what better place to tuck away these items than in your garage?
Your garage may be the ideal place for storing extra or seldom-used household items.
Getting your garage ready to store items is pretty simple. Many design companies, such as Garage Envy, will take charge of your garage makeovers, helping you create the space you want to meet your needs. Or you may want to do the garage remodeling yourself and install the cabinets you need around the garage to store a variety of things.
You may not use them often, but getting rid of them is simply not an option. Suitcases or varying sizes, as well as other travel bags, are likely wedged into your closets, taking up valuable space and collecting dust and cobwebs. Small-to-medium luggage pieces will likely fit into wall cabinets in the garage without difficulty, and the addition of a few shelves nearby will hold larger pieces with ease.
Sports equipment, including tennis rackets, body pads, helmets, hockey sticks, and balls, can all be pulled out of the closets and packed into cabinets in the garage. A peg board inside the cabinets, or just beside it, will store rackets and game sticks safely, while balls can be stored in net laundry bags and tucked into the cabinets.
Like sports equipment, exercise gear takes up a lot of space in the house. Even if you use it on a daily basis, you may not want it underfoot or under your bed. Hand weights can be safely stacked in a floor cabinet, and other exercise paraphernalia, from yoga mats to jump-ropes, can be stored on shelves and in cabinet drawers.
You may expect to find outdoor or automotive tools in a garage, but household tools can be stored out there as well. Everything from hammers and screwdrivers to plumbing snakes and under-appliance dusters can be stored in the garage, allowing them to be easily accessed when needed, yet stay out of the way.
Cabinets and peg boards are great ways to store you tools in the garage.
Chemicals and Cleaning Solutions
The spaces under the kitchen and bathroom sinks are often the primary storage area for a number of hazardous items. From toilet bowl cleaner to bleach, furniture polish to drain cleaner, you often tuck these chemicals and cleaning solutions into these unused spaces. Unfortunately, these under-sink spaces are within ease reach or small children and animals, putting them at risk for contact with these dangerous substances. Moving these items out to the garage, still within easy reach but safely out of the way, is not only a great way to free up storage space in the house, but also a great way to keep your family safe.
Canned Food and Paper Goods
Whether you are motivated by serious weather or world events, you may want to have an extra supply of food and essentials on-hand in case of emergency. Space in the kitchen cabinets and closet shelves may be more limited than you need. Garage cabinets are an ideal location to store canned foods and preserved items, as well as paper goods such as bath tissue, paper towels, and garbage bags.
The garage is a great place to store canned goods and extra essentials that simply won’t fit in the kitchen cupboards.
It is important to note here that some food items, linens, and paper goods may be at risk of damage or spoilage in the garage if the space is subjected to extreme heat, cold or humidity. If your garage is prone to these environmental extremes, you may want to take the extra garage remodeling step and install some insulation, as well as a small air conditioner.
A Smoke Detector
A smoke detector is an important addition to the garage, keeping you and your belongings safe and secure.
While technically not being stored in the garage, adding a smoke detector to your garage is a very important step, protecting not only the items you have stored there, but also you and your family in the house nearby.
You garage is arguably one of the most neglected spaces in the home, and the one with the most potential, especially when it comes to storage. Installing cabinets to house everything from luggage to laundry soap, canned goods to sports equipment, will free up valuable closet and cabinet space in the house while protecting your important items and keeping them close for future use.
Contact Garage Envy for more information about getting your garage storage-ready, including cabinetry solutions and design.