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If you’re like most of us, your car is a five-figure investment that you can’t do without. Why leave it outdoors, where it can suffer damage from UV exposure, bird droppings, and tree sap?

Storing it in a garage will keep it a lot cleaner and could help prolong Garage Decluttering Lakeway Austin. Follow our DIY garage organization guide below for step-by-step instructions to rid your clutter and keep a safe, clean garage.

Tips Organize Your Garage Cheaply

Draft a Floor Plan of Your Garage

Most manufacturers of garage-organizing systems offer free space planning, so use their services as you research how to store all your gear. Before buying anything, take down your garage’s dimensions and note the size and location of windows, doors, switches, and receptacles, as well as how much space your car takes up. Then use the Garage Organizer Jollyville as you assign things a home.

Items you use together, such as gardening tools and lawn chemicals, should be stored close to one another. Put bulky equipment, like lawnmowers, in corners, where they won’t get bumped or knocked over by your car. Place frequently used items, like bikes, close to the garage door. Stash seasonal or rarely used items in the hardest-to-reach spots.

Keep Things off the Garage Floor

Keep items off the floor whenever possible. You’ll free up much more room for your car and avoid sloppy, impossible-to-sort-through piles. If you purchase ready-made shelving units or cabinets, make sure they’re raised on legs so that you can clean the floor beneath them easily.

Why Open Shelves Are Better Than Closed Cabinets

Shelves are less expensive, easier to access (you don’t need additional clearance to swing the doors open) and let you easily scan what you’ve stored.

Cabinets with doors give you an excuse to stay disorganized because you can hide the evidence, so they can quickly become messy. Use them sparingly—like when the things you’re storing need to be protected from airborne dust and dirt.

Use Overhead Space Wisely

The garage ceiling is a great spot for hanging long, flat stuff you don’t use every day, such as ladders and seasonal sports gear. Make sure that any shelves you hang from the ceiling don’t interfere with your garage door’s operation and that there is enough clearance to avoid scraping the roof of your car.

Build a Workbench

For the occasional DIYers, a wall-mount fold-down model (such as the Ideal Wall-Mount Workbench, about $300; offers a sturdy surface and tucks out of the way when not in use.

Benches that have built-in tool drawers can be pricey. Instead, flank a simple worktable with shelves and add pegboard above to hold your gear.

A set of casters turns any table into a mobile workstation; make sure they don’t create an uncomfortably tall table. Finish it off with a padded stool that fits under the table for safekeeping.

Stop Air Leaks between the Garage and House

Before installing organizers, check for gaps in the wall your garage shares with your house and in the ceiling, if there’s a room above the garage. These are the spots where hot or cold air (and the moisture it carries) will seep inside. Seal small gaps with caulk, larger ones with expandable spray foam.