The garage has become the “catch-all space” or the “dump room” in our home for many of us. And before we know it, we have a garage full of I’ll-put-that-away-later items and an overwhelming mess. Eventually, cleaning out the garage becomes such a daunting task that it gets put off day after day. If that sounds like you, you are not alone! We are here to help. We have put together a list of some simple tricks to help you organize the garage.
Make Some Time: Cleaning out the garage can be a huge project. If you know you have your work cut out, go ahead and give yourself more than one day: Schedule a weekend.
Make Piles: Go through everything and begin sorting items into various categories such as:
Donate outdated items that you no longer use but are still in decent shape.
Trash items that are stained, broken, and no longer useful.
Necessity items are the items you still use like: tools and sporting equipment.
Seasonal items, such as: Christmas decorations, camping equipment, coolers.
Sentimental items, such as: family heirlooms, memorabilia, photo albums.
Plan Garage Storage: Now that you have categorized your items, store each pile in its proper place. For example:
Seasonal and sentimental items can be stored away in sturdy, stackable plastic tubs. Be sure to label each bin on the side so that the labels are visible when the containers are stacked.
Sports equipment, such as soccer balls, helmets, and tennis rackets, can be tucked away in a mesh laundry bag. Mesh bags are great for storage because they are flexible, easily accessible, and can be hung on the back of a door or a hook on the wall.
Consider installing pegboards alongside the walls. Pegboards can be hung almost anywhere in your garage. They are great for hanging tools, coats, and bags.
Utilize Over-Head Space: Do not overlook the space above your head. Take advantage of the overhead storing potential by installing tall shelves or cabinets. Be sure to keep a ladder close by to access the top shelves.
Raise Everything Off of the Ground: Utilize your garage’s vertical space by raising shelves a few feet from the ground. This way, you will have more room to pull larger vehicles forward.