Most of us would probably love our garages to be close to the showroom ready end of the scale. But, if we’re being honest, it is much closer to the garbage dump end.
What if we told you your garage could slide a few points up the scale with just a few simple organization tips? Read on to learn how to organize a garage.
Did you know the average household contains over 300,000 items? We’re going to go out on a limb and say that you probably don’t need that many items.
Garages tend to be places where stuff that you don’t need accumulates. As you’re organizing your garage don’t be afraid to make three extra piles — sell it, donate it, trash it. Clear out the unnecessary stuff and you’ll have a lot more space for the useful things.
Draft a Plan
Before you start making too much of a mess, draft a plan so you know where everything needs to end up. Seasonal items like holiday decorations or other items you only use occasionally go in the hardest-to-reach spots. Frequently used items go in easy to access spots.
Group other things by type. For example, landscaping tools and equipment should all go together. Put fluids for cars such as motor oil, brake fluid, and antifreeze in the same place. Evaluate the rest of the items in your garage and decide where it makes the most sense to place them.
Use the Walls
Keep stuff off the floor as much as possible. This will help make sure that you can actually get your car in the garage, which is probably one of the reasons you’re undertaking this project in the first place.
To that end, pick up a few organization tools like shelves, hooks, and pegboard. Choose shelves rather than cabinets so you can easily see where everything is. Another benefit of shelves is that you don’t need clearance space to open the cabinet doors.
Choose Clear Bins
For the same reason, use clear plastic bins rather than opaque bins or cardboard boxes for garage storage. It will be easier to find stuff if you can quickly see what is in each box.
For small items like screws and other odds and ends, consider using small clear containers to keep everything together. You can buy little food storage containers or put your garbage to good use by repurposing clear containers like peanut butter jars for storage.
A Place for Everything...
…and everything in its place.
After you go to all the work to organize your garage, how do you keep it that way? It’s simple, every time you use an item, you must put it back in its place when you’re done. This tip is crucial if you want to keep your garage organized for any length of time.
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