The garage is probably one of the hardest parts of the home to keep maintained. Between all of the camping goods, tools, food storage, childhood keepsakes, and kids’ soccer balls…is there even room to store your car? The garage can sometimes become a big project in a very short amount of time. However, keeping your garage organized will not only save you time (otherwise spent looking for miscellaneous items) but it can become a stress-free part of the house that you can be proud of.
Solution 1: Declutter
The first and most important step towards having a clean and organized garage is to get rid of things that you don’t need and/or use. There’s no need to keep these items because they tend to just use up needed space.
The easiest way to do this is by asking yourself, “When was the last time I used this?” or “Do I need this?” If the item is used regularly or has some sort of worth to you (eg. a keepsake, emergency item, etc.) then it would be best to keep it and store it in a place that is accessible and organized.
Decluttering your garage will help you get your garage into a shape that is a lot more manageable.
Solution 2: Buy Totes
Instead of having small, loose items all over the place, consider buying a couple of storage totes. You can get these in all different shapes and sizes. I would recommend getting some with lids. This makes them easy to stack and ensures any stored items will not fall out. (Bonus: Get a tote with wheels! That way you can move it and slide it along the floor if it is heavy.)
Of course, especially if they aren’t see through, don’t forget to label them. There is nothing worse than organizing all of your things into boxes and then forgetting which box you put it in.
Solution 3: Maximize Space
Take advantage of each and every area of your garage. Installing cabinets and shelving is the most popular way of maximizing wall space. In fact, with strong, durable, custom-built garage systems, you can store up to three times more and save a ton of space for your individual needs!
Another area of the garage that is often forgotten about is the ceiling. Implementing overhead racks is great for seasonal items or other long term storage.
Solution 4: Plan for Zones
While you are decluttering your things and storing them in different containers, make sure to categorize your garage items. An easy way of doing this is by defining what a long-term or short-term storage item is. For example, Christmas and Halloween decorations could be sectioned off into your long-term storage located on the ceiling. You only use these once a year so they don’t need to be taking up any prime, ‘close to reach’ spots. On the other hand, you can choose to store other things like kids’ sports equipment closer to the garage door. This would be labeled as ‘short-term’ storage because it is easily accessible and the items are used often.
Solution 5: Keep It Up
No matter how deeply you clean and organize your garage all at once, it is bound to get messy again at some point. That is why monthly, weekly, or daily upkeep (depending on how often you use the garage) is so important. All it takes is putting things right back where they belong after you are done using it.
For the best results, definitely implement all of these solutions. However, if only one or two will work for you, doing those will still make a huge difference to the look and feel of your garage.
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