The garage often becomes the dumping ground or storage space for all the things that do not fit into your home. The weather is warm but not too hot. This is a perfect time to declutter and complete your garage organization.
- Boxes for selling or charitable items
- Bins for storage (use or re-use what you have on hand before shopping for new)
- Labels for bins
- Clear tape-for boxes and to place over labels to ensure they stay secured to bins
- Clear bags or recycling bins
- Garbage bags and/or garbage can
- Help-engage family members in participating
Step #1– Declutter. If the weather allows pull everything out onto your drive way and lawn. Anything that is garbage, toss it. If its recyclable place into your curbside recycling bins or clear bins. If you have a lot of garbage and recycling including wood, metal and plastics.
My recommendation: Order a disposal bin for your driveway.
Step 2#– Anything that you will not be using in your home or garage sell or donate. Click here for my how to garage sale.
Step #3– Creating a Garage Organization plan. Place seasonal items that you will be using most often in easy to access locations. Make these spaces flexible to swap items out each season that you will use.
Your garage organization design will depend upon the systems you desire and your budget.
For a low budget solution you can use garage screws to hold a variety of items. These are screwed directly into the studs of the exterior walls. This method is more commonly used for garages that are not finished with drywall. You can hang bikes, tools, rakes, shovels and more. Extra-large nails work well too.
Take an inventory of all the items for your system
Gather all your items so that you can layout them along the wall or on the garage floor. Measure each item or hold it up where you would like it to go. Be sure to leave enough space for another item to hang below without any overlap.
You might also want a small peg board to hang your hammers, screw drivers, etc.
You can build or place shelves in your garage or use the wasted space above for an overhead loft.
The sky is the limit in designing a garage that works for you and your family.
For a higher budget and a garage finished with drywall you can buy a garage fast track organizing system. This flexible option allows you flexibility in that each hanger can slide to a different place. Check out their video for lots of options.
There is no right or wrong in creating a garage organization system. It’s finding what works for you, having a place for everything and everything in its place.
First, declutter. And be brutally honest with yourself – Do I really need this item. How many of the same items do I require. Ask yourself these questions as you sort through all the items in your garage.
And, if your answer is I might use it one day…Let it go!
“Let’s make room in your garage.”