How to organize (and modernize) your garage
PUBLISHED 12 AUG 2021
Your garage isn’t always on the top of your mind when it
comes to organization. But in many cases, it is the first thing you notice when
you come home. There are many ways to organize and modernize a garage, so we
asked our Better Call agents which affordable (and even free) methods they use
to take their garage from cluttered to classy:
Start off with a good clean
It really can be that simple.
Remove everything you can from the garage, grab your broom followed by the mop
and start by cleaning the floor. If you have any worktops in your garage, wipe
them off with a damp cloth.
No, we’re not talking about
seeing your doctor. Empty coffee jars are perfect for larger items like screws
and bolts while smaller jam jars are ideal for nuts, O-rings and other
Recondition your worktops
It doesn’t even need to be said,
but worktops take a lot of abuse. Dings from hammers and screwdrivers, burn
marks from heat guns and soldering irons. If you have a wooden worktop, start
with a coarse sandpaper and work your way up to a fine grit. This can be done
by hand, but using a sander will save you a lot of time and energy. The idea
behind this is to remove scratches, marks and stains, making the worktop look
like new again. If you have a metal worktop you can follow the same process
followed by a few coats of paint. If your worktop is made of something other
than wood or metal, vinyl wrap is the way to go. It is softer so it can damage
more easily, but it is also very easy and cheap to replace.
We realise space is at a premium
in many garages, but hear us out. Many floor standing shelves can be fixed to
walls if you plan your placement well, allowing you to still open your car’s
door. There are various depth shelves available, with different finishes to
suit your style. Bonus points if you demarcate and label sections of the
shelves, so that everything has its specific place.
There are two types of people.
Toolbox users and people who don’t. These pegboards are ideal for the latter.
It allows you to hang the tools on the wall, allowing for quick and easy access
while also freeing up plenty of space on your worktops. As with the packing
shelves, it helps a lot if you take a permanent marker and trace the outline of
the tool on the pegboard. This will save you a lot of time when you need to put
the tool back before grabbing the next one.
Not only will LED lights add a lot more light
to your garage, they are also vastly more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
You can take this a step further by adding some inexpensive LED strip lighting
behind countertops to create some modern mood lighting.
This one is a bit more time
consuming, because depending on what surface finish your garage is, you are
facing a fair bit of prep. A fresh coat of paint or even a different colour,
will transform your garage. Colour choice should tie in with the rest of the
house, but in a nutshell, lighter colours will make the garage feel larger,
while darker colours will make it feel more dramatic and hide dirt better.
We are now venturing more into
the styling realm, rather than organization. Epoxy coated floors are all the
rage at the moment, with various colours and finishes available. You can have a
plain white, grey or black for example, or they can even add some metallic
flake to make the floor pop. It is quite simple to apply, as long as your floor
is clean. You can have this done professionally, but D.I.Y. kits are available.