It's springtime, and that means it's time to sweep out and organize the garage and basement. The sweeping part is easy. The organizing part? That can be a little tricky when you lack space. In this roundup of organization ideas we've put together ideas and how-tos that will actually add space to our garages and basements. No kidding!
We'll start in the garage with this quite fabulous lumber cart which comes complete with free plans. Not only does it provide great, consolidated storage, it has wheelies, which means it can free up space on a whim.
If you've ever looked above your garage door and noticed all the wasted space up there, then check out how Jay added storage to that underutilized spot.
Admittedly, I sometimes leave my gardening supplies hither and thither and taking up space, much to the dismay of Sweetie Pie. This garage gardening station would solve the issue. (LOVE the use of an IKEA fold-down table!)
Ever try to prop a wheelbarrow against the inside of a garage wall to make floor space only to have it tip over? Never again with this slide bolt trick!
You know how stuff on a bottom shelf can feel like it's in a cave? It's so dark in there, things get lost! This dual-depth shelving project eliminates the dark pit.
Shoes do have a habit of collecting in a garage. For those of us without mudrooms, this garage shoe storage project might be the answer to our prayers.
Now let's go down the stairs and into the basement:
Of course, that empty space between walls studs makes for some great shelving opportunities as well.
If standard wall stud depth is a little too shallow for our storage needs, we could build some big shelves like Pam did:
I love these two ideas that add shelves on the way down and over the stairs. So charming!