When cleaning out the garage, decide which items should be kept and which can be discarded or donated to charity. A good rule of thumb is to discard items that haven’t been used within two years. Properly dispose of old paint and oil cans and empty cleaning supply bottles. Always place items where they are easy to see and reach. Items used most often should be stored at eye level or below. Seasonal items should be kept on higher shelves. Choose ventilated shelves and drawers which allow visibility to what you’re storing — they also prevent dust and dirt from collecting. If necessary, store items in boxes or bags to keep them clean — clear containers will let you see immediately what’s inside.
If your storage space is limited, consider storing items under a workbench, behind the door, and on vertical wall space. There are a wide variety of door and wall hooks and racks to maximize every inch of space in your garage. Assemble a quick fix kit, consisting of a hammer, screwdriver, nails and screws and keep it near the door to the house so you can access it easily for quick fixes. Store small hardware such as screws, nails, nuts and bolts in small, open-ended storage compartments that are stackable. Label the bins to correspond with its contents. This will provide easy access to those often used, but sometimes hard to find items.
The carport plans in this collection vary widely in size, options and style. We have a collection of over 45 carport designs that are available as one car carport plans, two car carports, and garage with attached carport. If your current home lacks covered parking and the necessary space for a traditional garage plan then a "drive-thru garage" might be the solution for you! Not only do carports protect your car, boat or motorcycle from the elements of nature, many of our carport designs also offer additional storage space for lawn and gardening supplies. Like our traditional garage building plans, our carport collection offer a variety of size and style options to ensure that you will be able to find garage carport plans that complement your home and your budget! If you are building or want to build a carport this collection also offers terrific plans by Allison Ramsey Architects in Beaufort SC. Call us if you have any questions about our carport blueprints.
Typically, 80% of items stored in a garage can be kept on shelving — the other 20% (such as handled tools and gardening helpers) is generally stored on a hook. You’ll need a combination of shelving, drawers and hooks to keep everything organized. Designate an area to store like items together and be conscientious about returning the items to their proper place. For example, tools should be stored in one area and Christmas ornaments in another. Creating “zones” within your garage will help all family members know where to locate items.
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