How to or­gan­ise your garage

Lesotho Times - - Property -

WHY not kit out your garage with all the essentials for your car, DIY projects and more? Your garage will be­come a truly use­ful stor­age area and the go-to room when­ever you need to get some­thing done.

Daniel Pil­lay, from Cape Town Handy­man, says if you want to make the most of your garage space, there are es­sen­tial items to keep in it…

Work and stor­age space Ac­cord­ing to Daniel, good work and stor­age space is the foun­da­tion of a well-ap­pointed garage. At the very least, he says you will need a sturdy work­bench with a gen­er­ous work sur­face. Add to that some shelf space, you can fit shelves onto the walls or use free­stand­ing units, and you’ll be sorted.

Daniel says some hang­ing hooks and a peg board are handy for keep­ing es­sen­tial tools close at hand.

He says you also want to in­vest in some sturdy plas­tic stack­ing boxes for all those lit­tle bits and pieces.

Fi­nally, make sure your workspace has good, clear light­ing to work by.

DIY tools and ac­ces­sories Hav­ing the right tools for the job is vi­tal, says Daniel. En­sure that you have a ba­sic tool kit, cord­less drill, or­bital sander, jig­saw, level and sta­ple gun.you’ll also need a mea­sur­ing tape, hobby knife and cut­ting mat, a good qual­ity torch, light bulbs and bat­ter­ies, a bench vise and step lad­der.

Keep these es­sen­tial DIY tools and ac­ces­sories handy and you’ll be ready for any DIY jobs that need your at­ten­tion.

Gar­den main­te­nance essentials Ac­cord­ing to Daniel, your garage is the ideal stor­age space for all your gar­den main­te­nance essentials. He says if you don’t al­ready have them, buy a ba­sic set of tools (hoe, rake, spade, trowel and some gar­den shears). Add gar­den­ing gloves, kneel­ing pads, a wa­ter­ing can and a hose, and you have all the basics you need to take care of your gar­den year round, he says.

Car tools and main­te­nance items When you think of a garage, you think of a car. To kit out your garage get a jack and stand, a creeper for slid­ing un­der the car, wrenches and ratch­ets, and an air com­pres­sor and air tools.

You’ll also need oil and oil vac­uum, brake fluid, a mul­ti­me­ter and a car bat­tery starter. These will all make car main­te­nance eas­ier.

Clean­ing items Car, home and gar­den main­te­nance can be a messy busi­ness. Keep a stack of clean­ing essentials on hand and you’ll be able to take care of spills and clean up in next to no time.

Daniel says keep a store of home clean­ing prod­ucts along­side bleach, de­greaser and laun­dry items. He says in­vest in a good qual­ity stiff bris­tled broom, mop, dust­pan and brush, and plenty of clean­ing rags and sponges.

Why not see about get­ting a sink plumbed in so you can clean up with­out trail­ing dirt or grime into the house?

Safety and com­fort essentials Whether you’re main­tain­ing your car or mak­ing some shelves, safety and com­fort is im­por­tant.

Daniel says good light­ing and work benches at a suit­able height are im­por­tant. He says a sim­ple stool to sit on can make DIY work much more com­fort­able. You’ll also want a sup­ply of pro­tec­tive aprons, gloves and masks so you can tackle any job safely.

If your garage tends to get hot, a free­stand­ing fan will make it much more com­fort­able, he says.

A first aid kit and a fire ex­tin­guisher will com­plete your safety and com­fort list, and make sure you’re ready to deal with mi­nor in­juries and ac­ci­dents.

Lap­top with In­ter­net con­nec­tion Not sure how to drain the oil from your car? Won­der­ing about the best stand­ing tech­nique?

Daniel says chances are, at some point you’re go­ing to run into a car, gar­den or DIY prob­lem that needs a bit of re­search.

He says a lap­top with in­ter­net con­nec­tion means you can look up what you need there and then, with no need to in­ter­rupt what you’re do­ing, or walk through your house with dirty boots or messy hands.

Use an old or sec­ond-hand lap­top for the garage — you can al­ways take it in­doors with you when you fin­ish if you don’t want to keep it in the garage, he says.

Kit your garage out with these essentials and take it from spare stor­age to DIY and car main­te­nance HQ. With a bit of or­gan­i­sa­tion and the right kit, you can walk into your garage and find what­ever you need to tackle the job in front of you, he says.

— Prop­erty24

Add some shelf space, fit shelves onto the walls or use free­stand­ing units, and you’ll be sorted.

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