Friday, May 8, 2009
Garage organizing - Hang it Up!
Hooks can be used in so many different ways in your garage. They are a very low cost way of getting things up on the wall. Of course those whole wall systems are wonderful, but many of us can't afford them. If you use your wall studs, then you can hang any kind of hook you would like without the big wall system behind it. Like in this picture a board was nailed across the studs to increase the surface area that is usable to hang from. Using your wall space is the best way of utilizing as much of your usable space. There are many different kinds of hooks and some have very specific purposes, but you can be creative.
The hook on the left picture above is being used for storing rakes, shovels, garden tools.
In the right hand picture it is a view looking down on the hook. This is the same hook but it is being used for hanging card table chairs and a tv tray.
This is another kind of hook. This is designed for hanging ladders from, but it is being used for lawn chairs. (you can think outside the box) It can also be used for bigger lawn equipment with the wide handles, like a spreader.
The bike hooks are great for winter bike storage, or a bike that isn't being used very much. You can also use these hooks for hanging other garden equipment, as long as it is back out of the way so people don't get hit by it when they walk by.
Peg boards are wonderful. Again they are another lower cost solution to using wall space efficiently. As most of you know there are all kinds of hooks to use in the peg board. Here are two ideas that may be a little different.
This hover board(I think that is what it is called) was a bit of a puzzle and I wasn't sure what to do with it, but this solution works great.
The pogo sticks and scooters can hang from these hooks on the board. Works great to get them out of the way.
One last idea for you. All those brooms, mops etc...and be hung without hooks or peg board if needed. Just throw a nail in the wall and hang them up, if peg board isn't an option, or you can't do it right now. Put them in a place that is accessible to your kitchen (or where ever you use them). You do need to have a hole at the top of the handle, or drill a hole if the handle allows.