Think ver­ti­cally to or­ga­nize all the items you store in the garage— and find space to fit the car back in.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER RE­NEE FREEMON MULVIHILL

THINK BE­YOND THE BOX. Garage walls can be suc­cess­fully uti­lized to con­tain items, es­pe­cially those that don’t fit eas­ily into bins—fold­ing chairs, lad­ders, tools, and gar­den equip­ment— says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Lisa Luken. Opt for a pur­chased wall sys­tem or use peg­board, op­po­site.

SLIP STOR­AGE be­tween wall studs for slim items like spray paint, brushes, and gar­den tools, below. Con­struct shelves out of scrap boards, use bungee cords to se­cure long tools, and add a mix of hang­ers. “Hooks and brack­ets are stor­age su­per­stars,” says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Jamie No­vak.

EM­PLOY BOOK­SHELVES along walls to con­tain stor­age bins— just be sure to leave enough space to en­ter and exit the car. “The best idea is to bring your car into the garage, open the doors, hood, and trunk, and then mark your mea­sure­ments with painters tape on the fl oor and walls,” No­vak says.

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