Is your garage full of clutter? Do you feel like you’re not using the space to its full potential?
Whether it’s repurposing old kitchen cabinets or installing ceiling-mounted racks, The Handyguys share some tips on how to maximize your garage space.
PAUL: Hi, this is Brian and Paul, the Handyguys and today we’re going to talk about the state of your garage.
BRIAN: Paul, I really need to talk about garage organization because my garage is a mess.
PAUL: That’s right Brian, often times your garage just gets trashed, you throw junk out there you put all your stuff and then you can’t use it as a garage.
BRIAN: I’m a handy guy and I like my tools and I’ve got multiples of everything it seems.
PAUL: So, the key is you want to try to declutter your garage and that’s not always easy, but the best way to start is to move all your junk out of the garage.
PAUL: Get rid of the stuff you don’t need, send stuff to recycling and you know give it away whatever get rid of it.
BRIAN: I just need to have lots of hooks for all my different kinds of shovels and everything else.
PAUL: Alright, so you do want to keep some things and so the best thing to do is to get it off the floor so you’ll have access to your garage. You can maybe put a car in your garage.
BRIAN: Yeah, I have never had a car in my garage, but Paul you’ve got some good shelves, right. You’ve got a lot of options here. You’ve got shelves. You’ve got slat wall. You have bars with attachments you can hang things on, hooks. You’ve got a pulley systems for your ladders.
PAUL: Brian, I’ve got a bit of everything. But, you don’t have to buy store products. You can actually build your own hooks and shelves, as you did.
BRIAN: That’s right. I built some hooks to hold the shovels and other tools like that.
BRIAN: I recycled some old cabinetry. I hung it up and I stored some supplies in there.
BRIAN: I even built some shelves with cubbies for my motorcycle helmets and gloves and glasses and saddlebags all that in one place.
PAUL: Exactly or you could do like I did: Buy every product ever invented it seems at your local hardware store.
PAUL: So, there’s many different kinds shelving.
BRIAN: You’ve got a lot of options, Paul.
PAUL: Right, Brian. I really like this bar system because it can be used to hang not only shovels but rakes. You can hang a trimmer. And you can also use it with different hooks so you can hang bikes on it as well.
BRIAN: I really like that feature.
PAUL: So, not only do I do that, but like you said, I have my ladder up overhead.
PAUL: My stepladder I hang on the wall and I even hang my saw horses and other storage on the ceiling.
BRIAN: That’s right getting it up and out of the way, especially stuff you don’t use every day. Get it up and out of the way.
PAUL: Now, you’ve got to make sure obviously that when you hang things that it clears your car if you have a tall SUV or something like that.
PAUL: And you obviously do not want your garage door hitting it.
BRIAN: That’s right, but also Paul, you need to make sure any of these systems you secure into structure and into the studs.
BRIAN: So, if you have drywall, you’ve got to get a stud finder. You have to find those studs and get into that structure.
BRIAN: You don’t want it pulling away, pulling down the drywall, something like that. It has to actually attach to the structure, to the studs, the two-by-fours in the wall.
PAUL: So, use a stud finder and install it correctly or get an expert to install it for you.
PAUL: You don’t want it falling down off the wall or the ceiling.
BRIAN: Good advice, Paul.
PAUL: So, there you have it. Get this stuff off the floor when you can.
PAUL: Not everything can go off the floor. But that will help you to declutter and maximize the space that you have in the garage and you can maybe, just maybe Brian, use it as a garage maybe get a car in your garage.
BRIAN: Yeah, maybe you will. I don’t think I ever will.
PAUL: Alright, well thanks for watching the Handyguys.
BRIAN: Alright, thanks.