No room left in the garage to park the car? For many of us, this seems to be the case, particularly since we ask a lot from the space it provides. When both practical and aesthetic needs meet head-on in one area of our home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the mere thought of organizing the space. Well, don’t fear! I have compiled a list of three garage organization tips to help guide you through the task of organizing of your garage, so that you can reclaim that coveted parking space. Let’s get started…
Garage Organization Tips
- Keep it Current
The first step in addressing any organizing dilemma is to lose the old stuff that has already served its purpose. If something hasn’t been used within the past year, toss, recycle or donate it, but please don’t store it. What else should get the boot? Outgrown toys, items that are broken beyond repair, duplicate items, expired household chemicals (requires special disposal). If you find yourself having a hard time letting something go, ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I use it? Does it have sentimental value? When is the last time I used it? Do I really need it? If none of these questions apply…then it gets the boot.
- Like with Like
Begin by organizing “like with like” – sports equipment in one spot, camping gear in another, tools in yet another, and…well, you get the picture. Make sure to store everything in convenient locations; one close to where they will be used. Organizing “like with like” is key to reducing the time spent searching for something when you need it. Take advantage of garage storage solutions such as shelving, cabinets, and overhead storage racks. Consider storing items such as screws and nails in clear plastic containers for functionality.
- Labels…A Garage’s Best Friend
We’ve made it to the finish line! Labels are literally a garage’s, and your, best friend. Trust me on this. Labels make it easier to find and put things away in their respectable areas thus eliminating any future “search and rescue missions”. If you don’t have a label maker, no problem. Masking or duct tape, along with permanent markers, will suffice. Be sure to label the front/back and sides of storage bins so that you’ll be able to read them no matter which way you face them. Clear storage containers are also great for storing items. Place infrequently used items further away than frequently used.
Top 5 Benefits for Organizing Your Garage
No. 5: You’ll save money.
No. 4: You’ll have more usable space.
No. 3: You’ll regain your sense of control.
No. 2: You’ll have more time to do the things you love.
No. 1: You’ll be able to park your baby in the garage again.
Enjoy parking in your newly organized garage; you earned it!