organizing-garage

You walk into your garage and groan. It is so cluttered. And your neighbor’s garage – it’s so clean! How in the world does she manage to keep her garage so…  spacey? You try to imagine space in your garage, but you can’t conjure up the picture. I mean, where would you put all that stuff, anyway?

Lots of homeowners (or even renters) face the problem of garage clutter. Usually, it’s a gradual process. Clutter slowly begins to move in the general direction of your garage, materializing quietly in the corners and sneaking into nooks and crannies. After a few years, you’ll barely be able to fit your car inside. Never fear, there IS a solution! There are several things that you can do to solve the problem of garage space. There’s a general process that you can follow to help give your car – and you – some breathing space in your garage.

Your garage is more than just a place to park your car – it’s a valuable storage space that can quickly become cluttered and disorganized without proper maintenance. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can reclaim your garage space and transform it into a functional and organized area for storing tools, outdoor gear, and household items.

Start with a Plan

Before diving into the decluttering process, take some time to assess your garage space and create a plan of action. Determine your storage needs, identify areas for improvement, and set realistic goals for decluttering and organizing.

Sort and Purge

Begin by sorting through all items in your garage and separating them into categories such as tools, sports equipment, holiday decorations, and household items. As you sort, be ruthless and declutter items that are no longer needed, used, or in good condition. Consider donating, recycling, or disposing of items that are taking up valuable space.

The Garage Sale

Have a garage sale! Open your garage doors, have your kids (or husband, or wife) shove everything out into the yard, and voila! Other people take all your clutter, and you’re paid for it! For assured success, you can also make some cardboard signs and place those in strategic areas along your street. Garage sales are a tried and true method, and it’s hard to go wrong with one. Host one on a weekend – preferably Saturday – for the best results.

Create Zones

Divide your garage into zones based on the types of items you need to store and access frequently. Designate specific areas for gardening supplies, sports equipment, automotive tools, and seasonal decorations. Creating designated zones helps streamline organization and makes it easier to locate items when needed.

The Boxes

One simple answer to garage clutter? Put everything in a box. Now, this doesn’t apply in all situations. For example, in the case of my garage, the problem was boxes. I had tons of empty and half-full boxes, and I ended up burning a lot of them (By the way, if this is your problem, I would recommend NOT burning your boxes unless you live out in the country. Otherwise, the police and fire department may take offense). However, if you can, store everything in boxes or bins. You have more space and you can organize things a lot easier. And, speaking of organization, label the boxes. You don’t want to end up with thirty-odd boxes with no idea of what is in any of them. The next time you realize you needed something that you’ve already boxed, you’ll have to go through all of them. Trust me. This is not a fun – although it may be quite educational – experience.

Invest in Storage Solutions

Maximize vertical space in your garage by installing shelving, cabinets, and overhead storage racks. Wall-mounted pegboards and hooks are ideal for organizing tools, bicycles, and outdoor gear. Utilize stackable bins, clear containers, and label makers to keep smaller items organized and easily accessible.

The Shelves

Use shelves. I know this sounds a lot simpler than it is, but trust me, shelves help so much. It doesn’t matter if they’re built-in or not, shelves will use precious wall space that is normally wasted. I would recommend shelves to anybody who can afford and use them. We have tons of shelves in our garage, and they have helped with organization a lot. I suggest having a lot of space between separate shelves, just because the stuff that you store on those shelves could be in pretty large bins. I know this has been the case with my garage.

Optimize Floor Space

Clear clutter from the garage floor by investing in space-saving storage solutions such as wall-mounted bike racks, ceiling-mounted pulley systems for kayaks or canoes, and rolling storage carts. Store larger items such as lawnmowers and snow blowers along the perimeter of the garage to free up central floor space.

Maintain Regular Maintenance

Once you’ve decluttered and organized your garage, make it a habit to maintain order and cleanliness on a regular basis. Set aside time each month for routine maintenance tasks such as sweeping, dusting, and reorganizing. Encourage family members to put items back in their designated places after use to prevent clutter from accumulating.

Safety First

Ensure that your garage remains a safe and hazard-free environment by storing hazardous materials such as gasoline, paint, and pesticides in designated cabinets or containers. Keep walkways and doorways clear of clutter to prevent tripping hazards, and install proper lighting to improve visibility during nighttime use.

 

 

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