The garage’s main purpose is protecting and storing your vehicle or vehicles. That can’t happen if your garage has turned into a glorified storage area, overflowing with boxes, toys, tools, bikes, skateboards, scooters, strollers and any other thing that makes it hard to just find a path through the room in the first place. Here are 6 easy steps to help you take control of your garage again.
- Remove everything from the garage and sort. Categorize all your belongings in the garage by grouping them with like items. For example, kids’ toys in one group, tools in another group, sports equipment all together, seasonal decorations, etc. all in separate groups. Identify anything that is broken, outdated or no longer wanted and sell it, donate it, or trash it.
- Determine and obtain proper organizational tools. After you have categorized everything, determine what tools can help you organize these items. For example, do you need to purchase any storage bins, shelving systems, cabinet systems, tool chests, peg boards, hanging ceiling systems, hanging bike racks, etc.
- Clean well before you put things back. Once your garage is empty it is important to take the time to sweep or mop out all the loose debris, remove cobwebs and layers of dust. You will enjoy your garage more if it is a clean garage so remember to keep up on sweeping and dusting on a regularly basis to maintain it.
- Beautification. Talking about beautification does not mean I am suggesting you go out there and transform your garage into a living room, but consider if a new coat of paint for the walls to make things look cleaner and brighter and cheerier? What about the floor? Typically it’s concrete, but many people like to paint and seal the floor of the garage to protect it from spills and make clean up easy. Changing the wall or floor surfaces can have a huge impact on the feel of the garage. If this is something you wish to do, now is the time.
- Arrange. Once your garage is clean (floor and walls) it’s time to put everything back. It is best to place frequently used items within easy reach. Place items less frequently used further back in the garage or higher up on shelving systems or within cabinets. Bins can be packed according to season, and then rotate the current season to the top of the stack. Label the outside of bins, drawers and cabinets to spare yourself the hassle of opening each one again and again to find something you may be looking for. Putting labels on shelving or even peg boards can help remind you where things should be put away too.
- Lastly, make a resolutions and stick to them. For example “Always return items back where you got them after each use” it may seem like you’re saving time by not putting it back, but consider the time and frustration spent looking for it the next time you want to use it.
These steps will help you achieve a clean and well organized garage in no time at all and just think of the satisfaction of knowing exactly what you have and being able to find it when you want it. Being able to park your car in your garage and keep it protected from the elements. Best of luck!
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