How to Organize the Garage

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When organizing the garage, first determine the main function of the space, as that will prioritize where things are placed and how much work space is required. Determine how the garage will be used to maximize the space with advice from a classic car... View Video Transcript

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Today, we're going to talk about garage organization. One of the first things you might want to do, before you think about organizing your garage, is ask yourself, what are you planning to do with the garage, after you've got it organized? Myself, I do a lot of mechanical work on bikes and cars, so I've got my garage set up for that type of theme. Woodworkers would probably want to do something totally different, but we're going to talk about mechanical repair and so forth today, and one of the first things you ought to consider, is your lighting. You want to make sure you've got good lighting in the garage, so you can see what you're working on. Fluorescent lights make a good choice. They don't cast a lot of shadows, they're low energy consumption, and they make a good choice for lighting. I've been in here for awhile, so I've had a lot of time to get it organized, and I've got all my air lines, are all piped. My compressor is off in a soundproof room, so I don't have to listen to it, and it also keeps the compressor out of the dust, which is better for it. One of the other things you want to think about, is the electrical, make sure you've got plenty of outlets. One thing that I do have, is I've got a cord on a reel here, which makes it very nice, for working around the shop. Another thing personally that I like to do, I'm not that great at it, but if you can keep as much stuff off the floor as possible, it makes it a lot easier to clean your garage, when you want to clean it. I try to keep everything behind drawers, put away in cabinets, and so forth, that way, I've got plenty of room to work. When I need to work on something, I've got workbenches at different heights, for different type of activities, and so forth. Also, getting back to the air lines, I've got one air line here, piped in on a reel. It makes it real handy for portable working out. I do most of my work out in the open bays here. For you guys starting out, the best thing to think about, is you want to start off, probably with just a, you don't have a lot of money. Put your money in a small workbench, and a good vise. That's a good place to start. You can build up from there. That's what I did, and start off with basic hand tools, and as you get a little bit older, you acquire a little bit more funds, you can keep upgrading, and pretty soon you'll have everything that you probably need, but for starters, just don't try to overdo it at first, just start small, get the basics, and build on it. That's the best way to do it. I hope the tips that you've heard here today are helpful, and I hope you go out, and have a lot of fun organizing your own garage, and be creative, but keep to the basics, when you first start. I think you'll have a lot of fun.