5 STEPS TO AN ORGANIZED GARAGE
Many homeowners find it difficult, or nearly impossible, to navigate the garage without tripping over something. Because of clutter and disorganization family vehicles are parked in the drive while items of far less value take up precious space in the garage. With a few conscious decisions, it's possible to take back your garage and create a space the neighbors will envy!
- Schedule Your Project: One of the biggest reasons for the garage not getting organized is simply not planning for enough time for the project! Without proper time, it's easy to get half-way through the job only to get interrupted by other responsibilities. Depending on the state of disorganization, set aside an afternoon to an entire weekend. When in doubt, overestimate the amount of time it will take to completely organize your garage. That way, you won't feel rushed through the process.
- It All Has to Go: Out of the garage we mean! This is the perfect time to assign value to your items and figure out if the will be sticking around, donated, or thrown away. As each item is removed from the garage, it's important to honestly assess whether or not that item is still useful or necessary. Don't keep items simply because they might come in handy down the road. If items are gently used and could be used bysomeone else, consider donating or selling.
- Clean Sweep: Maximize the time while everything is out of the garage to give the space a deep clean. Sweep out dirt, dust and debris and follow with a good power wash to create a truly clean space. If the walls still haven't been painted, take this time to give it a once over with a calming coat of paint. This is also a great time to clear out any cobwebs from corners!
- Create a Storage Plan: Once you know which items will be returning to the garage, it's time to choose a storage plan to fit those items. Choose from items like shelving, overhead racks, cabinets, or make your own command centers. Maximize the amount of storage space available in the garage by using spaces that are typically underutilized like the walls and ceiling. Consider hanging items to get them off the floor while still staying within reach.
- Separate Items Into “Zones:” To maintain this new level of organization, create “zones” in the garage. To do this, group similar items together. This will make it easier to find items quickly. For example, store yard tools near the garage door or cleaning supplies near the door into the house. Store sports equipment at eye level so children can have easy access.
An organized garage saves time and money. With just a little bit of planning, it's possible to create an organized garage that your family won't be ashamed of!