Here’s a new twist on Spring Cleaning. Instead of cleaning out the inside of the house, why not make a change and organize the garage. After all, a lot of time is spent with outdoor sports activities, golfing, biking, and perhaps some home improvement projects. But, all these activities can be frustrating if you can’t get to the gear you need in the garage. So, if you want to spend less time digging out the bikes or the camping gear, it’s time to get organized.
Every successful organizing project starts off with clearing out the clutter. Over the years, the garage gets everything the house didn’t want. Old house decorations or furniture, donations that never made it to charity, and here’s a big one…items you intend to sell on ebay or put in a garage sale. Sound familiar? It’s time to purge old items to make room for a new, more efficient garage.
Once you have paired down the items in your garage, sort everything that’s left and create zones where everything will go. For instance, a zone for gardening, sports equipment, tools & projects along with a workspace. Create an area for the kids to have easy access to their bikes and sports equipment. Add bins to put protective safety gear and other small items so that they don’t get stored on the ground or get lost. And, for those of you who do like having garage sales, create a staging area where you will put your items to sell. Once that staging area is full, it’s time to have a garage sale.
Use the vertical space in your garage and add shelving to house various things like: gardening tools, paint, golf balls, car supplies, or outdoor light bulbs. Use sturdy, plastic bins with lids to keep the dust out and label everything. When bins are labeled, it helps let everyone know where to put things away. For larger items and tools, there are many impressive sliding rack systems that can hold items such as: shovels, lawn care items and even bikes.
Don’t forget to take advantage of that overlooked space on the ceiling. There are many shelves that can be hung from the ceiling to store long term storage items like papers, memorabilia, luggage, or holiday decorations. In the winter, use bike hoists to store all the bikes out of the way for the season. The goal in the garage is to store as much as possible off the floor and on shelving or racks. Whenever possible, use plastic bins with lids over cardboard boxes to protect your belongings over time.
The garage used to be the overlooked part of the home, but now it's considered an extension of the home – another multi- purpose room. Often garages are very nicely decorated with the latest in cabinetry either in wood or steal with flooring added to finish the look. However, anyone can have a nicely organized garage (no matter what the budget) with a little effort over a weekend and some well thought out plans. Enjoy Spring and a clean garage, too!
Tonia Tomlin is the Founder and President of Sorted Out™ and Sorted Out Publishing. Tonia is an author, publisher, speaker and mother of twin girls. She has been featured on HGTV’s, Mission: Organization, and is the author of the book Chaos 2 Calm: The Moms-of-Multiples’ Guide to an Organized Family
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