The first challenge of using the garage for storage is that unlike most rooms, the garage is not exactly furnished.
You will need a lot of storage "furniture" to make the garage work for your family.
If you're furnishing your garage from scratch, the good news is that these catchall furnishings don't need to be attractive, just functional.
And they don't have to be expensive, either.
Here are some systems that you might consider for your garage, depending on what you use it for. You will probably need a combination to meet all your needs.
These garage storage tips can help get you started.
Here are some storage systems to consider for your garage. None of them are ideal for storing everything. You will probably need a combination to meet all your needs.
These furnishing options are roughly arranged from most to least expensive:
Some people install garage cabinets and counters, just like you'd have in a kitchen. Of course, this too is an expensive solution.
You do have the convenience of drawers for small items. And you can keep things relatively clean. But it's obviously not for everyone.
Overhead storage is generally a platform suspended about 4 or 5 feet from the ceiling. These are great for storing mementos, old financial records, and other stuff you don't need right now but can't part with.
It keeps them dry and out of harm's way.
For just about anything that you want to hang or store, there is a specialized rack designed specifically for it.
There are racks to store balls, tennis supplies, you name it. If you have a passion - biking, tennis, fishing, golf - and have expensive equipment, you might want to invest in proper storage for it.
These are the aluminum shelves you can get at hardware stores. They are inexpensive and light. They can hold everything from pantry items to sodas to boxes.
Capacity on these shelves range from 50 pounds to more than 200 - so make sure you know know how much weight yours can hold.
This will be helpful when you're considering what to store where, but it's essential that you know if the kids try to climb them.
For safety and a lot of other reasons, make sure all your garage's storage units are no-play zones.
Remember that the garage is a really dirty place. Protect anything that's not sealed by storing it in plastic lidded containers.
As an added bonus, wheeled containers are great for toy pickup at the end of the day.