Garage Organization Tips Ahead of Winter

Garage Organization Tips Ahead of Winter

There are a few parts of your home that it often pays to organize ahead of major seasonal change, and a great example here is your garage ahead of the winter season. The Utah winter brings snow, ice, cold weather and other changes that often necessitate moving items around the home and various storage areas, one of which is the garage.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're happy to offer a huge range of home and garage storage options to clients around Salt Lake City and Park City, including quality garage cabinets for any need you may have. Here are some basic tips on organizing and prepping your garage space for the upcoming winter, covering both storage themes and related areas.

A Basic Initial Clean-Up

In many cases the summer and fall seasons will have led to some clutter in your garage, even if you generally keep things clean and organized. Before making any major changes or additions, take a day or afternoon to do a basic initial clean-up of the space.

This includes removing items that are no longer needed, sweeping out any debris or dirt, and organizing small items into bins or boxes. You might also consider hosing down the floors and walls if there are any visible stains or grime.

Seasonal Item Storage

In many cases, the biggest reason to organize the garage ahead of winter is to make room for seasonal items that will need to be stored away. These could include summer sports equipment like bikes or paddleboards, as well as lawn and garden tools that won't be needed during the winter months.

If you already have robust storage cabinets in your garage that can be used for these items, great. But if not, consider your options - we have a number of quality garage cabinets at Precision Closets & Garage.

Consider Vertical Space

Depending on the size of your garage, you may be limited when it comes to floor space for storage. But one often overlooked option here is utilizing vertical space - hanging items from the ceiling or high up on the walls can significantly open up floor room for other uses.

For instance, you might use ceiling hooks or overhead storage racks for bikes, ladders or other large items that take up a lot of space. You can also hang certain tools and equipment on pegboards for easy access.

Consider Top Winter Item Usage

As you're moving through your garage organization, one general tip is to keep the items you will need most during the winter months easily accessible. These might include snow shovels or other tools used for snow removal, as well as winter sports equipment like skis or snowboards.

In many cases, it will be optimal to place these items near the garage door or in other easily accessible areas. This will make it easier to access them when needed during a cold winter morning.

Labeling and Maintenance

If you haven't already done so, consider labeling different storage areas within your garage. If you have cabinets or shelves for specific items, for instance, label these clearly so that anyone who needs to access them.

Alternatively, you may use a color-code system instead of labels to help differentiate different sections or items. This can be especially helpful if you have multiple people using the garage and need to quickly locate specific items.

Ensure Door Closes Entirely

Especially if you'll be storing valuable items in your garage, it's important to ensure that the door can close and lock properly. Snow and ice buildup near the door can cause issues with closing, so take some time to clear any debris or obstructions from the area.

In addition, consider using a weather stripping or sealant around the edges of your garage door to prevent drafts and keep heat inside during the winter months. This can help with energy efficiency and potentially save you money on heating bills.

As you can see, there are a number of steps you can take to organize your garage ahead of the winter season. Whether it's investing in quality garage cabinets or maximizing vertical space, taking the time to prepare now will make for a smoother transition into the colder months.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're here to help with all your storage needs around SLC and Park City, whether you're preparing for winter or simply looking to improve organization throughout the year. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services, including custom garage cabinets and other storage solutions. No matter your needs, we have you covered.