Organizing a garage is a huge undertaking. Doing so though can help with all the daily and weekend choirs, helping to get them accomplished faster, allowing for more leisure time.
If you are like my household, the only time we somewhat organize the garage is when my husband gets the tractor ready for summer mowing, or in the fall when he gets it ready for winter plowing. This isn’t bad because we do edit a lot that we have been storing but we could be a little more organized through the rest of the year. This one room tends to be a big project, so schedule a weekend to do it.
It would be nice that it did not need to be a major undertaking every time. Here are some ideas (hint, hint hubby) that you can implement.
Steps to Organizing:
Now is the time to get organized. First, remove everything out of the garage, once you have everything out it gives you a better idea of the available space. As you pull things out question everything that you touch….
Do I need it?
When was it last used?
If I have not used it, and don’t have a need for it, recycle, throw out, or donate.
While narrowing down some of the items, group together like items. All gardening equipment, sports equipment, tools, camping equipment, automotive items, you get the picture. Knowing what you have and are keeping, gives you a better idea as to space needed to store these items.
The items you do not use a frequently can be put higher up on the shelves or towards the back of the garage. Use as much vertical space as possible when bringing items back into the garage- shelving units or storage cabinets are great for fitting a lot into a garage space.
Consider hanging tools, bikes and larger item so that you have easy access to them.
Your goal is to keep as much of the floor space open for parking cars. Any bins you fill with items label, so you know what goes in them. Smaller bins once filled, will make it easier for moving around so they are not as heavy. Get in a habit of putting things back where you originally got them from. Make it a yearly priority to organize the garage to help maintain.
Need a few more ideas? We were featured in this realtor.com article on 9 Garage Organization Hacks to help everyone get a handle on organizing a garage.
Best of luck, send me pictures of your organized garage…I might have one when we finally decide to move (wink, wink)