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The garage is one of the most under-utilized storage spaces in many homes. We usually think of the garage as a place to park our cars and store bulky items, with not much thought to what goes where. But the garage has the potential to be so much more!

A simple redesign of your garage can make all the difference, specifically when you assign organizing “zones” to each section of the garage. Each zone will have its own purpose: outdoor gear, frequently used items, hobby supplies, etc. When you organize your garage by zones, don’t be surprised when you find yourself thinking, “Was my garage always this big?”

1. Transition Zone

This is a place to put all the items you grab or take off when you’re going in and out of the house. Jackets, umbrella, keys, or the dog’s leash find their home on hanging hooks, while cabinets with shelves offer room for storing shoes. This area should be a natural transition zone; in other words, it’s a spot that’s right by the door and can be easily accessed when entering and leaving your home.

2. Need It Now

Everyday items like dog food, cleaning supplies, and recyclables can be placed on shelving located by the entrance to the house. This is an area for things you need every day and can be easily reached. This is also a great place for things you don’t want taking up space in the kitchen pantry, such as paper towels, canned goods, soft drinks and other beverages.

3. Long, Tall, Thin Storage

The name of this zone explains it all: if it’s long, tall, or thin, this is the place to store it! Rakes, shovels, and other yard equipment can be hung on the walls for a non-bulky storage solution that won’t leave you squeezed for space next to parked cars.

4. Large Item Storage

Large, rarely used items should be placed in an area that’s up high and out of the way. Camping gear, coolers and holiday decor are perfect candidates for this high, corner storage area. The less you use it, the higher it should go to free up space for more frequently used items.

5. Frequently Used Items

Frequently used outdoor and yard gear should be placed by the garage door for easy access when you need it. Rakes, brooms, and bird feed are best stored here so you can quickly grab them when you’re outside. Sports equipment is also best suited for this area. Keep bikes and golf clubs within easy reach when you’re itching for some outdoor fun!

6. Workspace

What are you passionate about? This is place to create a center for your favorite hobby, whether it’s gardening, woodworking, auto repair, or something else. Focus on your hobby with a versatile workbench, slatwall accessories and cabinets for plenty of storage.

A few other points to keep in mind when reorganizing your garage:

  • Keep safety in mind by storing cleaners and supplies up high and out of small children’s reach.
  • Place toys and children’s outdoor equipment, like sidewalk chalk and roller skates, down low where kids can easily reach them.
  • Always remember the correlation between ease of access and frequency of use. Often used items should be stored in the easiest-to-reach places in the garage. Rarely used items can be stored in more out-of-the-way places.

Design a garage layout with organizing zones to keep your garage running smoothly and maximize its storage potential for the whole family. You’ll be amazed at how much space you really have when you use smart organization and stick to it. You’ll be able to kick back, relax, and zone out knowing everything is in its place in your perfectly organized garage.