Summertime means taking advantage of your outdoor activities, gardening tools and patio furniture that have been collecting dust in your garage. Now that you have longer days of sunshine and more time to tackle tasks, there is no excuse for having an unorganized garage. It’s easy for your garage to become the designated spot for your miscellaneous belongings over winter, but now it’s time to take the precious space back!
Reflect on how you want to utilize this space. Do you want to declutter your garage simply to make space for your car? Or do you want to create room for workspace and storage? The first step in garage organizing is to take note of the amount of space you have. This will let you know how much to get rid of or move to another location. Prioritizing will let you determine what belongs in your garage and what does not.
Start With A Clean Slate
If you just need a little organizing here or there, this step is not necessary. But, if your garage looks like a tornado just passed through, then start fresh and pull everything out of your garage onto the driveway – use tarps or blankets on the ground if necessary. Once everything is out, mop and wash the floors and walls. If you want to go the extra mile, this gives you the opportunity to paint the walls or stain the garage floor.
Keep, Trash or Donate
For all you hoarders, this might be the hardest step and the sole reason why your garage looks the way it does. It’s time to part ways with things that you haven’t used in over a year. Set a specific percentage goal in your mind and from which you can’t deviate. Remember to get rid of duplicates and give back items that don’t belong to you. Ask yourself these three questions when deciding what to keep, throwaway or donate:
- Do I need this?
- Will I use it?
- Do I have room for it?
Once you have determined which items to keep, create piles of like-items. Categorize things in groups such as: gardening tools, sports equipment, camping gear and so on. Once you have done this step, it will be easier to visualize the layout you want and the amount of space left.
Buy Or Build Storage
When you know how many categories of items you have, you can then create spots and storage for each one. It is recommended to label the bins, that way you can find exactly what you’re looking for without a headache. Labelmakers can be a great tool for this step, but if you don’t own a labelmaker, duct tape and a permanent marker work just as well. Make each label large and easy to read. Relocate each item to its designated spot – this should be the fun part because you can almost see the finish line! Once you place these bins in their new spots, you are ready to enjoy your organized garage. The following are ideas of different types of storage you can use:
- Wall storage
- Hooks and pegs
- Overhead storage cabinets
Remember that you must utilize these labeled storage units. When you are done using something be sure to put it back in its assigned spot. Another tip is to reorganize seasonally, this way your garage is guaranteed to stay organized throughout the year!
SEE ALSO: DIY Organization Ideas For Your Garage
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