Seven Tips on Organizing Tools in Your Garage
Have you ever decided to do a spot of DIY, but couldn't find your screwdriver anywhere? How about your wrench? If you're the kind of person that spends more time looking for their tools in the garage than you actually spend on the job, then this article is for you.
If you want to keep your tools organized in your garage then you need to designate a place for them, such as a workbench, garage cabinets, or on magnetic tool holders. You’ll have a much easier time organizing your tools if the rest of your garage space is clean and free of clutter.
In this article you will find some of the best tips to follow to keep your tools organized in your custom garage. Let’s dive into it!
1. Design a Custom Garage
If you don't already have a custom built garage, then you should really consider it. Not only do you want your garage to look good, but you also want it to be a functional and convenient space. It's one of those areas of your home where it's vital that things fit and work correctly; otherwise, you're going to have one mighty headache each time you go to park your car.
For those of you with garages that currently look a little cluttered, or borderline chaotic, fear not, because it can be easily transformed into a usable space with the help of a professional designer, who will customize storage spaces to suit your particular needs. You will typically get an in-home visit where you can discuss your budget, your design preferences, and what items you need effectively stored.
This is the best way to efficiently use all of the space in your garage, keeping everything in the right place while still leaving ample room for the most precious asset it contains - your car!
2. Garage Cabinets
One of the reasons why people lose their tools is because the garage is often used as a dumping ground for all kinds of gear that the house just can’t accommodate. Sports equipment, fishing gear, kids toys, the list goes on. The good news is that you can install custom garage cabinets that allow you to neatly store away your idle possessions and close the door on all of the clutter. The more organized your space is, the less likely you’ll be to misplace your tools.
Cabinets are also a great place to store tools, protecting them from dust, the outdoor weather, and any other harmful elements in the air that could potentially corrode and damage them.
If you're the house handyman and you are serious about DIY, then you might consider workbench to complete your garage. They are extremely useful and versatile, providing you with a practical space to complete any tasks, at a height that prevents you from breaking your back.
Many benches come with great storage solutions built in, and if you are capable, why not build your own. Workbench drawers can conveniently store your small hand-held tools such as screwdrivers, chisels, hammers and pliers, making them easily accessible. Having one designated place for your tools is the best way to keep on top of things, so you know exactly where they are when you need them.
4. Wall Racks
Walls are a massively underused space in many garages. If you have a small or medium-sized garage, it is crucial that you utilize these available areas to make the most out of it. When you have your car parked in there, the free space becomes even more limited, which can make it a nightmare to find your tools and do any work.
Slatwall racks are an excellent way of making the best use of your garage space while giving you the ability to reconfigure how you store and manage your tools. If you get a custom garage installed, you will have the opportunity to customize these as you wish.
You can store gardening tools, cleaning supplies, hardware, and just about everything in between on your wall racks.
5. Magnetic Tool Holders
Magnetic tool holders are great for those handheld tools that you need to be able to grab quickly and easily. They are simple to install and can hold most small to medium sized metal tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, etc.
These should typically be installed near to the area where you conduct your work, such as your workbench. If you have tools that aren’t magnetic then you can install a small rack that will hold your handled tools on the wall instead.
6. Overhead Storage Racks
Another underused section of the garage is the ceiling. If you have limited space on the walls and there is simply no room for anything else, then you can store items overhead on storage racks. You can even store things like bicycles, fishing rods, and other large items on your storage racks, freeing up space for tools in other areas of your garage. If you find that you are not using certain tools as often, you can simply store them overhead. These tools may include gardening tools and power tools.
7. Color-Coordinated Workspace
If you have already gotten your garage space organized, but you have so much stuff that you still find yourself losing all of your tools, then it's time to step up your organizational skills. One of the best things you can do is to color coordinate your workspace for different types of tools and household items.
You can keep cleaning items in the green area of your garage, whereas DIY tools belong in the blue area at the workbench. It may seem elementary, but this will really help when it comes to putting your tools away and storing them in the appropriate place.
People often use the garage as the last stop for unwanted household items before they get thrown into the trash, but sometimes they end up staying there for years. If that sounds like you, then it could be time to do sorting out. Give away any items that other people may need and throw out the rest.
Once your garage is free from clutter, you'll have an easier time locating your tools, and it may open up extra space to install some of the custom garage ideas that are listed above.
Good luck, and thanks for reading!