All About Your Garage: Organization 101

All About Your Garage_ Organization 101

It IS Possible to Fit 2 Cars in a Garage

Driving around my neighborhood, most houses have a car in the driveway-and not because they own three cars. Often, the garage becomes a holding area for items we’re not sure what to do with, or a holding zone for clutter. There are three massive issues with a cluttered garage:

  1. Your car is a valuable asset. It should be protected.
  2. Most of us enter our homes through the garage. So what greets us at the end of a busy day? A stress-inducing mess.
  3. It can be unsafe to leave your car in the driveway.

I live in a neighborhood that is around 18 years old.  That means we’re entering the teen years. Kids think they’re invincible, don’t they? Besides having some speeders around here, last year we had a small group of teens that opened unlocked cars and helped themselves to whatever was inside. Sometimes what was inside was a way to get into the garage-and help themselves to even more.

It is possible to fit both your vehicles in your garage. Involve the whole family into cleaning up this space. With these organization 101 tips you won’t have to run in the rain into a messy garage-where your car should be.

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Clean Slate

Choose a sunny day, preferably not too hot, and begin emptying out your garage. I know, it sounds awful. But this is a vital step. Choose different areas of your driveway to break all your items into zones. Mine are:

  1. Sports Equipment
  2. Gardening Supplies
  3. Tools
  4. Cleaning Supplies
  5. Extras for the kitchen (paper towels , zip lock bags etc.)
  6. Pet Supplies
  7. Donation Items
    • This is just a labeled box on a shelf. When the box is full I take a trip to the thrift store.
  8. Camping Equipment
  9. Coolers

Yep, all that and we get both our cars in our modest space. The key is to maximize all those neglected and hidden areas.

Purge Party

As you are emptying out, this is the time to get rid of items that are broken and cannot be fixed, or items that have not been used lately. Decluttering is always the first step in an organization project. Why organize what you don’t need? Also, we sometimes have the desire to buy all those cool organizing products only to find we don’t really need them after we’ve properly decluttered.

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Most clients I work with discover things in their garage that don’t belong there. Don’t run yourself ragged taking every single pencil and battery to it’s proper place in the house. Just label a box “elsewhere” and toss those items in. Relocate them later. Other categories for the extras in the garage are fix, donate, and trash.

Scrub a Dub

Actually, there’s no need to scrub. Now that everything is out, this is the ideal time to sweep up or run the leaf blower (be careful not to blow into the items you’ve laid out in the driveway.) Take a broom to the cobwebs in the corners. Easy peasy when there’s nothing in the space.

Look Up

Now it’s time to put back all the items you’ve decided to keep into zones. There are lots of cool organizing products on the market and my next post is all about that. But I know your time is valuable and you don’t have all night to sit here reading my blog. So, a few tips about zones:

  1. Locate the items you use most near the door. My cleaning and pet supplies are just steps away.
  2. Look up. Most garages are very tall and there’s lots of space for shelves and hooks. Be kind to yourself and invest in a Rhino Shelf.
  3. I am lucky enough to have a second refrigerator and a full freezer in mine. (Thanks Dad!) I use the top of one for camping items in Sterilite tubs and the other for small coolers.
  4. Measure the width of your cars and add enough room for the opening of doors. This will help you calculate how much room you have on the side of your garage to store things.
  5. Keep as much off the floor of the garage as you can. This way you can easily use the leaf blower to get dirt and leaves out of the garage, thereby keeping them out of your house!

While organizing your garage isn’t the sexiest project, I guarantee having an orderly space will have you grinning every time you hit the button in your car-and drive INTO the garage.

Other Garage Organizing Posts

All About Your Garage: Cool Organizing Tools

All About Your Garage: Sports Equipment

Happy Organizing,

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14 Responses

  1. Emily @ My Love for Words

    My garage is such a disaster right now. I think the last time we really did a thorough clean out was two years ago. (I know that’s horrible!) I can’t wait until it’s done and nicely organized!

    • Daria Harvey

      Oh I don’t think that’s horrible! It’s often such a monumental project that it’s the last thing we want to tackle. (That and attics lol!) I hope you enjoy the result when it’s done!

  2. Nige

    Our garage is a mess no room for a car lol great post Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky come back next week please

    • Daria Harvey

      Thanks so much Nige! I definitely will come back to the #binkylinky! So glad I found you all 🙂

  3. Emily

    I don’t even know what half of the stuff is in our garage! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • Daria Harvey

      It’ll be like Christmas when you get in there to organize 🙂 Glad I found your #BinkyLinky. Thanks!

  4. Samantha

    While it is definitely too hot right now to do this, I will definitely need this for this fall when we plan on purging our garage. I can’t wait. Then we can use it to work on the projects that need to be completed this winter.

    • Daria Harvey

      It’s a bit hot here too! I’m working in the early morning and evening. Enjoy purging this fall! It’s such a great feeling 🙂

  5. Love your tips on organizing the garage. I must do this myself. I feel organizing clears the soul. Looking forward to your next blog 🙂

    • Daria Harvey

      Thank you so much Stephanie! I couldn’t agree more. Organizing is so calming to me and helps clear my head for creativity. Thanks for finding me and leaving a comment! I’ll be reading your blog as well!

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