The garage is probably where most of your tools end up. It’s a convenient place to store items that would clutter up the house or tools that need to be used outdoors but stored indoors. However, if you’re not careful, your tools can end up disorganized and scattered around your various surfaces and cabinets and shelves, leaving you struggling to find what you need when you need it. This can also lead to accidents that injure you or damage your tools. Take a look at some garage organization tips that will help you store your tools safely and make them available when you need them.
Wall Storage for Hand Tools
Hand tools are easy to toss into a drawer or a box, but it’s no fun digging through a cluttered drawer or box to find the tool you need. Make it easy on yourself by storing the tools on the wall, where they’re easy to see and reach.
There are several different ways to give yourself convenient wall storage for hand tools. Putting up pegboard or slatwall gives you a place to install pegs or hooks to conveniently hang your tools at eye level. Or you can just put up some magnetic strips in the area where you want your tools to go. That makes them easy to grab and simple to put away neatly when you’re done.
Buckets or Bins for Yard Tools
The last thing you want is to step on a rake or shovel as you’re walking across the garage floor. But often these taller yard tools don’t stay leaning against the wall when you put them there, and they end up on the floor where they pose a tripping hazard or risk getting run over when you pull the car in. How can you get them off the floor?
One option is to hang these tools as well, by installing hooks further up on the wall so that the yard tools are off the ground. But it may be easier to have a tall bin or bucket that can hold the long-handled tools in one place. You can use an old trash bin or buy a tall bucket, or even use a wooden barrel if you want to give your garage decor a rustic touch. You can also make your own yard tools storage bins out of an old filing cabinet. Just remove the drawers and turn the cabinet on its side with the empty drawer spaces up, and presto, you have a spot for rakes, shovels, long-handled brooms and paint rollers and other similar tools. If you like, decorate it to match the rest of your garage, or attach pegboard to the sides for extra hanging tool space.
Create a Charging Station for Power Tools
Not only can power tools end up damaged if they’re jumbled together and not stored carefully, it’s frustrating to pick them up and find out that they’re out of juice when you need them. Install shelves for your power tools so that you can set each one in its own space. You can buy them, build them, or repurpose old freestanding furniture that contains shelves, like an armoire.
Install a power strip near your tool shelves to give yourself a simple charging station. That way, not only will you have a place to keep your power tools, you can ensure that they’re ready to go when you need them.
A well-organized garage keeps your tools safe and is easier to accomplish than you think. For more garage renovation ideas, schedule your free design consultation.