There are a few spaces in the average home that tend to see quite a bit more activity during the summer than during other parts of the year, and a good example in many homes is the garage. Between serving as a central hub for yard work and child activities to increases in driving and other forms of transportation during the warm part of the year, the garage is often in use much more often -- and ensuring it's prepared for this is important.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're here to help Lehi clients with one distinct part of this: Garage cabinetry and storage options, which play a big role in the overall quality of a garage space. What are some of the top themes we recommend for keeping the garage in good, organized shape this summer? Here are several tips.

Ensure Quality Storage

Few things are more important for maintaining an organized, clean and tidy garage than having quality storage solutions. This is doubly important in the summer, when outdoor gear and other seasonal items need a place to be kept -- but don't necessarily need to be taking up valuable space in the home proper.

Shelving, cabinets and other forms of storage can help make this happen, and we specialize in creating storage solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of each client. This means that, whether you're looking for a place to store sports equipment or need an area where you can keep your tools and gardening supplies, we can help.

Not only should there be enough storage quantity-wise, but it's important that the storage is easy to access and use. This goes hand-in-hand with our next recommendation.

Make a Plan & Stick to It

Once you have quality storage solutions in place, it becomes much easier to make and stick to a plan for how everything will be stored. This means taking the time to place items in the proper spot and getting everyone in the family on board with using the system -- especially if children will be using the garage space frequently during summertime.

If you need help getting started, our team can provide recommendations on ways to optimize your storage space. We've seen it all and know what works best in a variety of situations.

Getting Rid of Unneeded Items

Many people also use the summer period as a perfect time to do a deep clean of their garage and get rid of items they no longer need or use. This can range from old sporting equipment to holiday decorations that are only brought out once per year.

Generally speaking, you should start by making three piles: One for items to keep, one for items to donate or sell and one for items to throw away. Once you have everything sorted, it becomes much easier to put things back in their proper place -- and you may even find that you have more storage space than you realized.

Keeping the Space Clean

Cleaning the garage involves more than just getting rid of unneeded items, of course. It's also important to keep the space itself clean on a regular basis, which can be made easier with some advance planning.

One way to do this is to make sure there's a designated "dirty" area where gardening supplies, sports equipment and other items that are likely to track in dirt and debris can be kept. This way, they're less likely to make their way into the rest of the garage (and home).

Another is to invest in a good quality garage vacuum, which can be used to quickly clean up any dirt or debris that does manage to make its way inside. This is especially useful if you have young children who are often coming in and out of the garage during summertime.

Finally, it's also a good idea to have a regular cleaning schedule -- even if it's just once per week. This will help ensure that the space doesn't get too cluttered or dirty and make it easier to enjoy all summer long.

Looking Out for Hazards

Over the course of the long Utah summer, the exact layout and state of your garage may change several times as you take advantage of the nice weather. However, one thing that should always remain a priority is safety.

This means taking steps to ensure that hazardous materials are properly stored and out of reach of children and pets. It also means being mindful of potential trip hazards, such as loose cords or tools that are left lying around.

For instance, if you've just returned from a trip where you picked up a new piece of patio furniture, it's important to take the time to store it properly rather than just leaving it in the middle of the garage. The same goes for any other large or potentially dangerous items.

Ensure Proper Operations

Finally, it's important to simply ensure that all components of the garage and garage door are in good working order. This includes everything from the door opener to the springs and hinges.

One way to do this is to perform a visual inspection on a regular basis, looking for any signs of wear or damage. This is something that's best done before summer weather hits, as it can help you spot potential problems early and prevent them from getting worse over time.

It's also a good idea to test the door opener and door itself regularly to ensure they're functioning properly. This is especially important if you use your garage frequently during summertime, as you don't want to be caught in a situation where the door won't open when you need it to.

For more on how to keep your garage organized and in good shape during the summer, or to learn about any of our closet or garage services for Lehi and nearby clients, speak to the team at Precision Closets & Garage today.

When it comes to major storage within the home, the garage area is one of the most commonly-used areas. Garages have lots of space available in many cases, both horizontally and vertically, making them ideal for many forms of storage -- as long as you're properly organizing the space, that is.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're here to help. We're proud to offer the very best garage cabinets and related garage storage systems to clients throughout Utah, helping them stay organized no matter what they're using this valuable area for. Not only this, but we'll take the time to go over your specific storage needs and give you tips on both cabinet design and other areas of organization. Here's a rundown of some of our top recommendations when it comes to keeping your garage organized at all times.

Cleaning Regularly

While you may not love it, the simple reality is that cleaning is a major part of organization within the home. This is just as true for the garage as it is for any other room. Make sure to set aside some time each week (or even each day) to clean up any messes and put everything back in its place.

This doesn't just mean sweeping and vacuuming the floor. You'll also want to wipe down surfaces, take the time to clean out your cabinets and shelves, and do whatever else is necessary to keep everything looking neat and tidy. Not only will this make it easier to find what you're looking for, but it'll also help prevent any long-term messes from building up.

Proper Cabinet Installation

As we touched on above, cabinets are some of the most important elements of garage organization. Not only do they provide a place to store items, but they also help to keep everything neat and tidy. When selecting cabinets for your garage, it's important to make sure you're choosing the right type and size.

In addition, it's crucial that you have them properly installed. This means ensuring that they're level and properly anchored to the wall. This will help keep them from wobbling or tipping over, both of which can lead to dangerous conditions and serious clutter.

Utilize Bins

In addition to your cabinets, it's also a good idea to utilize bins and other storage containers. These can be used to store smaller items such as tools, hardware, and other odds and ends.

This is a great way to keep everything organized and easy to find. It also prevents any of these items from taking up valuable space in your cabinets.

Vertical Space is Your Friend

One major benefit of using the garage for storage is the amount of vertical space that's available. Make use of this to your advantage by installing shelves and other storage systems that go up high.

This is a great way to store items that you don't use often or that take up a lot of space. It'll also help keep the floor clear, making it easier to move around in the garage.

For instance, many people will store large items such as holiday decorations or sports equipment on shelves that are high up out of the way. This allows them to free up more space on the floor for other items.

Tool Towers

Another common type of item that will often be stored in the garage is tools. While it's important to have a dedicated area for these tools, it can be difficult to keep them all sorted and organized. This is where tool towers come in handy.

A tool tower is a great way to store and organize your tools in an easy-to-access manner. They typically come with a variety of slots and compartments, making it easy to put each tool in its place. This not only keeps them organized, but it also prevents them from becoming misplaced.

Generally speaking, tool towers are one of those accessories that you'll want to purchase after you've already installed cabinets, shelves and other storage systems in your garage. Those other items are more permanent fixtures in a given garage, whereas a tool tower can typically be moved or placed wherever you need it within the space.

Keep Paint and Related Items Out of the Way

Many people will use the garage to store paint and other related items. While this can be a great way to keep these items organized and easy to find, it's important to make sure they're stored in an area that's out of the way.

This means avoiding areas where people will be walking or where cars will be driving. In addition, you'll want to avoid storing them near any heat sources, such as furnaces or ovens.

Use of Hooks

What if you're looking to hang items in your garage, but don't have anywhere to put a shelf or cabinet? In this case, hooks can be a great solution.

Hooks can be attached to the walls or ceiling and used to hang items such as bikes, tools, or other sports equipment. This is a great way to free up space on the ground and keep everything organized. Many people will even place hooks all the way up the wall of a given garage, meaning they can store items at multiple heights.

Be sure to use a variety of hooks that are made for different types of items. This will ensure that everything has a proper place to hang and is not taking up valuable space on the ground.

Label Everything

One of the best ways to keep your garage organized is to label everything. This includes both the cabinets and the bins, plus any other storage systems that you may have installed. Labels make it easy to know what's in a given bin or cabinet and where everything goes. In addition, they can help prevent items from becoming misplaced.

There are a variety of different labeling options available, so be sure to find one that best suits your needs. This could be a simple adhesive label or a more durable option such as a metal tag.

For more on how to organize your garage storage, or to learn about any of our custom garage cabinets or other closet and storage themes, speak to the staff at Precision Closets & Garage today.

The garage is one of the most useful and common storage locations in any home that has one, but how you arrange and organize the garage space will play a huge role in how much storage you have available. One element that's particularly important here is your choice of garage cabinets or related storage systems, which will set your storage baseline moving forward.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're thrilled to offer a wide range of garage storage cabinets, shelves and other storage features to help you maximize your uses of this important area. When you're looking to upgrade your garage storage and choose the ideal cabinets or other storage items, what are the most important variables to consider? Here are several to keep in mind.

Clean and Organize First

Before you even start determining how many cabinets or how much space you'll need, you should take some time to really clean out and organize your garage. Throw away junk, recycle what you can, and generally try to make space for the new cabinets you're adding by getting rid of unnecessary clutter that's filling up floor or wall space now.

This will help immensely when you start choosing which storage components to add; if the existing options are cramped it'll be difficult to work out how many cabinets you'll need and which types of storage will best suit your needs. By cleaning things up first, you'll get a better picture of the areas that are primed for additional storage space.

Dimensions Matter

Take some time to measure the dimensions of your garage before thinking about what storage cabinets or other products could work best. There are several things to consider here - how long is the garage itself, what width is it at its widest points, and do you have any overhead space for storage solutions? Any of these details can be used to determine which product types will best suit your needs.

This part of the process may require some help from a Precision Closets specialist, but most of our customers find that we're happy to walk them through the details and can help you make smart choices about which storage products will suit your garage best.

Determine Your Uses

As you might imagine, there are a variety of uses for a home's garage, and therefore for its storage capacity. Some homeowners are mostly concerned with storing cars, while others are driven to maximize storage space in order to keep other household items safe. The more you know about your own needs when it comes to garage storage, the easier it will be to find products that fit those needs well.

Determining How to Maximize Space

Once you've laid out your baseline for available space, necessary uses of cabinets and related factors, it's time to get into the nitty-gritty of determining how to maximize your space. Consider various cabinet options for storage, including shelving and other items that can help you store away frequently used items like sporting equipment and tools.

In many garages, overhead storage shelves or racks play a major part in maximizing space and making the best use of all available locations. This is often true if your garage is tall enough to accommodate such items; you'll find that adding a couple of these above your cars can open up a world of storage potential.

With the right cabinet configuration, many homeowners are also able to stack two or more units on top of one another for optimal space utilization. This is particularly helpful in garages where horizontal space is at a premium or when you're looking to fit multiple cars into the same area.

Space Between

As you're planning out your cabinet order, be sure to account for at least one or two feet in between each unit to allow for easy access. You may need to stack or configure cabinets in an even more compact arrangement, but don't forget to account for the necessary space between items in your calculations - you might need more room than you imagine!

New or Used?

While there are some situations where your budget and other factors may dictate that you purchase used cabinets, this isn't generally recommended. Some products do just fine when being re-used, but cabinets will often have their best lifespan when they are brand new. Treating your cabinet purchase as a long-term investment rather than simply purchasing whatever fits in your budget is also often advisable, since you don't want to invest in cabinets only to have to replace them within a few years due to damages or poor use.

Customization Options

You have a number of customization options for your garage cabinets and other storage needs, and which you choose to capitalize on will depend on your needs. Some options include:

For more on choosing ideal garage cabinets and other storage solutions to meet your needs, or to learn about any of our custom closets or garage accessories, speak to the pros at Precision Closets & Garage today.

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