Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How to Re-Purpose Your Old Garage Tools

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How to Re-Purpose Your Old Garage Tools

Organizing your garage can seem like a gargantuan task, especially if it's been cluttered for years with children's toys, spare tools, and gardening equipment. But when you've had enough, you've had enough.

There are over 300,000 items in the average American home, so once you decide to clean, there's no going back. So after you've finished the purge and you're ready to make sure the mess doesn't return, here are a few storage tips that can keep your space clutter-free.

Use the Walls
Garage cabinets are a great investment, and you probably already have them somewhere in your garage, but nothing beats a good hanging wall rack. Using these to keep garden tools, bikes, and other miscellaneous equipment off of the floor so you can store things like the lawn mower, and maybe even your car! About 25% of people with two-car garages don't actually have room for their cars, and you should be able to use your space for its intended purpose.

Bungee it!
Using bungee cords to create a storage space for sports equipment is a great idea. If the walls of your garage are unfinished, station a few rows of bungee cords between two beams and voila! You have an organized sports ball space that even a sporting goods store could envy.

Keep Those Tools
If it's time for a new set of wrenches, don't get rid of the old ones right away. While in the past they may have just taken up space on your tool racks, you can re-purpose them to be used as hooks on your walls. A simple "U" shape creates a nice hook for coats, aprons, and even skates or roller blades.

Got Tool Racks?
The average American will spend approximately 153 days of their life simply looking for lost items, and much of that time may be spent scouring garage racks. If you've got old garden tool racks, you can use them to store bins, small boxes, and other miscellaneous items around your garage.

Magnetize Tools
A magnetic tool rack can be great to have in any room of your home, but especially in your garage. Use old magnets to create a convenient, visible space for drill bits, extra nails and screws, and maybe even the odd wrench or two.

Whether you're re-purposing tool racks or bookshelves, organizing your garage just may be the best project you take on this summer.

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