The garage is often the most underutilized and most cluttered area of the home. It usually becomes a dumping zone and an organization project filed under “To Do”… never. Some homeowners can’t even fit a car in the garage because of the mess. With the spirit of Spring Cleaning on the way, now is the perfect time to organize your garage. With the help of a few simple tips, you can achieve a clean, organized, and fully functional garage.
Decide & Donate: First things first. If you haven’t used an item in the last 3 years, chances are you won’t be using it in the next. Using this rule of thumb, you will rid yourself of a lot of unnecessary clutter. Go through your items and create a “can’t-live-without” pile and a toss pile.
Before completely dumping all your toss pile items, consider donating them to a local charity. Charities can always benefit from gently used and useful items, and usually give you the opportunity for a tax deduction.
Separate & Designate: Now that you’ve gotten rid of excess items and are left with what you can’t live without, separate everything into piles by category:
– Holiday/Seasonal Items
– Paint & Other Home Project Supplies
– Outdoor/Camping Equipment
– Yard Tools
– Home Improvement Tools/Power Tools
– Sports and Activity Equipment
– Laundry Supplies
Decide where in the garage is the best place to store each category. Designating a place in the garage for each category creates a more functional space and will help you locate items much more easily. It’s best to store less frequently used, seasonal items out of the way, since they are only used a few times a year. For more frequently used items, such as yard tools and laundry supplies, it’s best to store them in more easily accessible areas.
Make Use of Wasted Space: The garage is full of potential storage space. Potential being the keyword. Most homeowners are not taking full advantage of all the space in their garage for storage. Take advantage of walls and ceiling space to store everything up off the floor and on shelves, hooks and overhead racks.
Overhead racks are great for storing less frequently used and seasonal items out of the way, yet still easily accessible when needed. Most overhead racks are easily adjustable to fit any garage height. Utilize shelving and hooks for storing more frequently used items down lower, yet still off the ground. Yard tools and bikes hung on hooks will be just a quick grab away, instead of a time consuming dig through piles.
Bins & Labels: Even with everything stored and organized in its designated place, it can be difficult to remember what is in that plain brown box. Try using clear plastic bins, making it easy to identify its contents. If you’d prefer a more uniform look, use solid colored bins with visible labels for easy identification when needed.
By designating a place for everything and maximizing on the wasted space in your garage, you can achieve a fully functional space that fits all of your storage items as well as the car, the garage’s intended resident.
Blog contribution by: Garage Storage Solutions, LLC, a garage storage and organization company serving the Denver area’s homeowners with solutions and tips for an organized garage.