Want a tidy garage? Explore these awesome garage organizing systems and garage organization ideas!
The variety of contents occupying this multipurpose space makes organizing a garage an integral part of an organized home - sports equipment, holiday decorations, luggage, gardening tools, paint and painting items, chemicals, lawn equipment, tools, paper goods, hardware, overflow home supplies and so on.
For instance, wouldn't you like to be able to locate the tools necessary to fix something or the baseball your son wants to play catch with?
Wouldn't you love to be able to pull the car into the garage with no problem? Or maybe even both cars?!
The enormity and openness of the garage makes it very tempting to use it as a dumping ground and therefore very easy to fill with clutter in a short amount of time. This makes achieving garage organization look like a very daunting task. No matter, IT IS MORE THAN POSSIBLE.
With patience, endurance and the following garage organization ideas, you will be on your way in no time.
Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing a garage.
• Start in one corner of the garage and work your way around. Pick up each item and decide if it is worth keeping. In order to accomplish this, ask yourself appropriate questions (Is it still usable? How often do I use it? Do I have more than one of this same item?).
• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep, Donate, Trash, Hazardous Materials. **Don't forget to record your donations for tax purposes.**
• Take out the trash, and put the donations in your car. This hinders the possibility of undoing your hard garage organizing work.
• Dispose of the hazardous materials properly. Click here for some general guidelines. Each county has hazardous waste drop off sites. Search your county's website for information on household hazardous waste.
• You have pared down, and now you can focus on what's left. Sort the remaining items by category (i.e. gardening, sports equipment, tools and so on).
**Due to the volume of clutter
usually occupying garages, you might want to cut down on organizing
time by combining the Purge and Sort steps into one seamless process.
Thus when you decide to keep an item, take it one step further and group
it with other like items.**
• Now you
can see what and how much you have. Purchase necessary organizing
products like garage racks and store things accordingly. For instance, utilize a wall rack to store shovels, rakes and other items with long handles or a rolling sorter bin to hold balls and other bulky sports equipment.
• Get into the habit of putting things in their proper places when you're done using them. Get the whole family involved by passing this notion on to them as well.
• Clean out the garage thoroughly a few times a year (beginning of Spring and end of Fall) to get rid of unnecessary things and to relocate rogue items to their proper containers, bins, shelves, and so on.