Garage Hacks – To Keep Your Garage Organized and Tidy!
Okay, Let’s be honest. Garages can be so messy! There’s the boxes that didn’t make it to the goodwill yet, the 5 family bikes in the middle of the floor, the tools we can never quite seem to find… It’s like getting lost in a maze. Maybe, you skipped your garage during Spring Cleaning? That’s okay, ProLift has some great tips on how to organize your garage.
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When you’re out shopping, you might find elaborate hangers designed to hold specific toys and tools. These specialty hooks are neat, but you don’t have to spend $10 or more just to hang a bike or garden tools. With a little ingenuity, you can hang just about anything on simple screw-in hooks that typically cost only a dollar or two. You can place hooks anywhere on your plywood wall. If you don’t put them on the plywood, be sure to locate them at studs.
Double-Duty Shelf Brackets
Shelf brackets designed to support clothes hanger rods aren’t just for closets. The rod-holding hook on these brackets comes in handy in the garage too. You can bend the hook to suit long tools or cords. Closet brackets are available at home centers and hardware stores.
Those plastic hooks that plumbers use to support pipes make convenient hangers for just about anything. They’re strong, cheap and come in a range of sizes. Find them in the plumbing aisle at home centers and hardware stores.
Label cabinet drawers so you can know what is in it without have to dig through stuff. Think about using disposable or removable labels for easy changes.
Here’s a tool storage technique for all those slender tools and shop accessories. Cut short lengths of PVC pipe (1-1/2- and 2-in.-diameter pipes work well for most items) and slide them over pegboard hooks. Then load them up with files, hacksaw blades, zip ties, pencils, stir sticks…you get the skinny
Stay-Hooked Driver Bits
A few magnets stuck on a metal shelf support in a hardware or tool cabinet looks random—but in fact it’s a truly ingenious way to store your assorted driver bits. They’re always right there when you need them, and it’s an easy way to keep all those bits magnetized.
PVC Storage Hangers
It’s true—we love PVC pipe. Or let’s say we appreciate the way it inspires and accommodates tool and hardware storage. Here’s the latest PVC gem. Cut 2-in. pieces of 3-in. PVC and saw away a 2-in. section so it looks like Pac Man. (Remember Pac Man?) Drill screw holes and attach the hangers to studs or shop walls. Space pairs for convenient horizontal storage of longer tools such as levels and glue clamps, and use single segments for ropes, electrical cords or anything else that you want securely stored yet easily accessible. Try this tip and you’ll learn never to be peeved by leftover PVC.