Maximise the dead space above the cars by creating storage space or use ceiling suspended nets. Photo / Supplied
The cold dark grungy garage is the black sheep of the family home.
But with a bit of organisation over lockdown, you can optimise the some-24sqm to be an asset to the footprint of your home achieving some serious gains if you organise it well and add a multi-functional element to the space.
Whether it’s detached or not, it doesn’t really seem to matter with how decluttered you make it with garages being the easiest dumping ground of them all.
With two cars and a pedestrian access taking up majority of the space, it’s a wonder why we don’t make decluttering and organisation strategies a priority for the space.
Turn your garage from a dumping ground to an asset to your property. Photo / Supplied
The first step is to evaluate what you have used in the last two years and put that to one side. The rest you can work through sell or gift. That will leave you with a good amount to now find a home and avoid the cluttered chaos.
Have a look to see the sizing of your belongings. While you can use some standard racking from your hardware store, you might require a more specific solution.
For example, we custom-made a unit that housed suitcases in one compartment, sports equipment in the other, and then a mixture of drawers and shallow shelves for items such as rags, seeds and car grooming items.
Most garages seem to have items leaning up against the wall leaving a whole lot of wall space under utilised so really think how you could optimise this wall space for your family or potential buyers.
You can buy standard racking or have one custom-made to suit your specific needs. Photo / Supplied
If the space is too narrow for a floor-to-ceiling storage unit, there are fantastic flat wall organisers that you can clip shallow trays, hooks and storage bags on, with an accessible and cost effective favourite being the Elfa range.
Lastly, the perfect way to make decluttered gains comes down to out-of-sight, out-of-mind.
Maximising the use of dead space above the cars is an ideal spot for the once-a-year belongings that you need to store. Like the summer surfboard, Christmas trees or snow equipment.
Either create a supported plank setup from one rafter to the other, or try out the garage ceiling suspended nets. Perfect for airflow and visibility.