HOW TO

James Tre­ble ex­plains how to turn a crowded spot for the car into an im­por­tant stor­age hub with room to spare.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - WITH JAMES TRE­BLE

James’s guide to get­ting your garage or­gan­ised.

STOR­AGE IS ONE of the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions th­ese days. We tend to have more stuff than ever and our lives are busy, so util­is­ing ev­ery part of our homes makes sense. If you have one, a garage is an im­por­tant space, not only to park your car but also to store those ex­tra items you don’t have room for in­side your home. Here are some tips for mak­ing the most of the garage space you have.

1 STOW IT OR THROW IT!

The first step is to look at what items should stay and which should go. We’re all guilty of hang­ing onto items we move from one place to an­other, some­times

2 GO UP, NOT OUT

for years, when they should have been re­cy­cled, thrown out or given to some­one who can use them. Let go of things you don’t need be­fore this hap­pens. Maybe a garage sale is worth your time. What you don’t sell, take to a char­ity shop, then ev­ery­one wins.

Most garages are one or maybe two cars wide, so this means you only have a small amount of space on ei­ther side of the car to get in and out, as well as eas­ily past it. By go­ing up and hang­ing items on the walls – or bet­ter, in­stalling shelves up high – you can use this of­ten-wasted space.

Happy place Garages are of­ten dark, so bright colours work well.

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