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How to Organize Your Garage

02 Feb
2016

How to Organize Your Garage

Posted Garage Doors

Over time, garages can become a dumping ground for a wide range of items such as home improvement tools, old toys, Christmas decorations and other random accumulated knickknacks. When the piled up items in your garage are actually put in the correct places, however, garage space becomes very practical.

So what stands in the way of a practical garage space and a dumping ground for junk do you ask? People do not know how to begin.

Pick Your Route

You either have to pick the “do everything a little bit at a time” route, or the “jam it all into one weekend and get it over with” route.

Define Your Goals

You have to ask yourself what sort of garage space you aspire to have. Do you want all your items and knickknacks organized, each with a certain spot? Do you simple just want to be able to park your car inside instead of outside of the garage?

Empty It

As terrible as this sounds, the first thing that must be done is to empty out the garage entirely. Empty bins, clear off the shelves, and go through and make piles of related items. After doing this, you can easily sort through each pile and decide one of four things: keep, sell, trash, donate.

If you are one who has trouble getting rid of things, a good strategy to use is to ask yourself two questions: 1) Do I currently use this? 2) Have I used this item in the past year? If you haven’t used it in over a year, it is safe to say you should probably get rid of it.

Storage

Now is when you should really consider installing shelves or garage cabinets to keep your items as organized and clutter-free as possible. Labeling and using storage bins to contain everything you are choosing to keep is also very beneficial. The use of these not only makes it easier to find everything, it also keeps everything from piling up once again.

Clean

Before bringing any of your items back in the garage, vacuum up cobwebs, dust and creepy crawlies. Sweep up as much dirt and dust as you can. If your garage has a bad smell, air it out for a few hours and check for any signs of mold.

Form Different Zones

By forming different zones for different items, you can create some organization to allow your garage to not get re-cluttered. You can choose which items go where based on how often they are used. If you only use certain items every so often, place them on top shelves or move them to your crawl space. Things such as tools or sports equipment can be kept very accessible. Keep in mind that chemicals should be stored so children and animals can’t get ahold of them.

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