Your garage is a natural place for stuff to collect. Often that “stuff” is a combination of outdoor items that you don’t want to keep inside your home. Items relegated to the garage, shed or basement are dirty, rusty, smelly or hazardous. These items find a home in the garage, and they need specific storage solutions to keep them out of the way or safely locked away.
No matter if you live in Chester County or the Main Line, one item that has our full attention each fall is yard tools. You need easy access to your garden supplies, like rakes, yard waste bags and tree trimmers, but they can quickly become tripping hazards if they have no place to go. You prop these awkwardly shaped tools along a wall, but they inevitably slip onto the floor at the slightest fall breeze.
“Homeowners call us when they hit their breaking point with all the things in their garages and they want long-term solutions to get organized. They want their yard tools close at hand, but they are tired of having a mess or having all their yard equipment scattered in different places throughout their garage or shed,” says Randy Matthews, Garage Sense co-owner. “Honestly, it is a source of stress for people, one which we are happy to fix.”
Examples of the yard tools that are typically found in a garage include:
- Potting Soil
- Seeds and bulbs
- Plant food
- Fertilizer or weed killer
- Push mowers
- Seed spreaders
Garden tools and supplies come in all shapes, sizes, and weights.
Our first recommendation is to gather all the gardening supplies together in one place. Any items related to yard work, weeding, gardening or lawn care should be pulled together. This will allow you to visualize everything you own in this category. You may find that you have duplicates or half-full bags of the same items (ex. grass seed or potting soil) that can be combined or thrown away. You most likely have newer versions of certain supplies (ex. gardening gloves or planters), which gives you the ability to donate or discard unneeded items.
“Before tackling any organization project, we always recommend taking a hard look at what you own and deciding what can be donated, sold or thrown away,” suggests Randy. When a Garage Sense representative meets with the homeowner to discuss the goals for the garage project, the ideal situation is to only store those items that survived the final wave of decision making. Listening to the homeowner’s goals and seeing what needs to be organized helps Garage Sense create a custom solution.
Fortunately, Garage Sense has several garage storage options available to homeowners.
Cabinets are ideal for smaller items, like planters, spades, hand tools, and gloves. Many cabinets are lockable, which will keep gardening chemicals like fertilizer and organic products like seed, safe from curious children and family pets.
For items that don’t fit inside a cabinet, wall systems that feature hooks and shelves are a good solution. Rakes, shovels and hoses can easily be hung, which has the benefit of keeping your garden items together and getting them off the floor. Garages are filled with untapped vertical storage spaces. Garage storage systems have different hooks for different purposes, which not only makes them functional but creates a nice, appealing cohesive look for your garage.
Fall is the season to winterize your yard and garden. Garage Sense recommends getting your garage ready for winter too. By conquering your clutter in September, October and November, you will be able to safely park your car in the garage before the cold weather arrives.