By Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Scott Madara
Most garages resemble a hodge-podge collection of various items that simply do not have a "home" anywhere else in the house. Garages tend to be the first place we store our random junk in addition to the last place we organize. But the values of organizing such a space are so evident that having it any other way seems ridiculous. Of course, time is the great enemy here: many of us lack the proper time to organize the space as well as the time to keep-up on this organization. A helpful component to maintaining a clean and organized garage is installing an actual organization system, complete with reinforced cabinets, which establishes a clean space while simultaneously holding all of your items in a systematic manner.
The benefits of an organized garage space are many and have positive effects in terms of how you interact with that room. Obviously, with an organized garage you will be able to easily find and use items without the wasted time of rooting through drawers of random objects or chaotically moving boxes. Additionally, a structured space will allow you to keep a consistent inventory of what you have, preventing trips to the hardware store to purchase a product that you have but is simply buried within a disordered mess.
In organizing your garage, you can return to the original purpose of what that space was designed for: storing your vehicle and various mechanical/bulky items. Naturally, however, there are a number of ways in which one can systematize the space. One of the best options involves cabinets with doors. By organizing your garage in such a way, you are effectively to maintain a systematic space while additionally instituting a visually clean appearance. This clean visual helps one "keep-up" with the organization and maintain the space's purpose.
Additionally, organizing your garage with cabinets is a matter of safety in two regards. First, you are able to store toxic items such as paint, gas, insecticides, and other harmful products off of the floor which minimizes the potential for a floor spill and the contamination of non-toxic items. Second, cabinets help keep harmful items away from children and pets. With a cabinet lock, you can rest assured that your loved ones are not able to accidentally come into contact with a potentially harmful item.
Garage organization is often easily overlooked and, if so, can lead to a disordered environment, with potential safety risks, that does not effectively use space and your time. In terms of positives, an organized garage space allows you to properly use the space (store your automobile), gives you the opportunity to work within that room for various mechanical and household chores, and confers a sense of peace-of-mind.
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The author of this page is Nick Dixon, owner of Garage Shapeups and Lifetime Epoxy Floors.