Instead of functioning simply as a shelter for your car, garages have become a catch-all space for the things you own that do not have a designated place to be. From tools and sporting equipment, to old furniture, out-of-season clothing and dilapidated toys, you never know what you’ll find when going through your garage. Though some of the stuff you find in there may still be useful and necessary to keep, a lot of it may also be things that you can get rid of, organize better or store somewhere else.
So if you’re one of the many dealing with a disorderly garage, then check out these tips for not only reclaiming your garage, but for keeping it from ever becoming a dumping ground again!
Sort Through Your Things
While the garage may house some long forgotten gems, you’re more likely to find that it holds a lot of things you no longer want or need. Put aside an afternoon to go through all of the things currently kept in your garage and sort them into different piles. Piles of things to keep, to donate, to sell and to throw away. Invite over a few friends, or get the whole family in on it, and turn it into a fun ordeal by playing music, making a game of it and then throwing a much deserved pizza party afterwards.
Move Your Storage Up
Instead of having your things littering the floor of your garage, move them up. A pegboard is a great organizing piece to install for storing your tools. Dedicate part of your wall space to the pegboard and setup hooks to secure those tools. Another brilliant way to store your things so that they are out of the way is with BinTracks or Tote Trac. Wall shelving too is a great option for getting things off of the floor
Organize Your Garage Space By Zone
Now that you’ve gone through all of the odds and ends in your garage, it’s time to set yourself up for future spick and span success by designating different places, or zones, for like items. Assign a section for car supplies, a tool center, an area for recyclables, etc. By keeping similar things together you always know where to find them when you need them, and where to put them.
Store Your Stuff Somewhere Else
After you’ve gone through the things in your garage and made piles of things to trash, piles of things to donate and/or sell, it’s time to decide what to do with what is leftover. While some of the things you may be able to find storage for inside your home, other things might be better off stored somewhere else, like a storage facility.
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This is ideal for seasonal items like clothing, sporting equipment, patio furniture and more!
Keeping Your Garage Clean
Stop yourself from reverting back to old, bad habits by not automatically tossing things in the garage that you do not have a spot delegated for. Evaluate the things you’re about to throw in the garage, and even before that point, the things you purchase in general. Ask yourself do I need this? Do I have use for it? Where is this item going to live? Next year am I going to end up throwing this item out?
Doing quick, weekly sweeps of the garage will help keep the space clean and tidy. That way things never get out of hand when it comes to garage clutter buildup. This will also keep you from having to do another big garage declutter in the future.