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Garage Organizing Do’s and Don’ts

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Did you know…

§  38% indicated that the garage was the messiest room in their home.

§  25% of people with two-car garages don’t park any cars in their garage and that 32% parked only one.

§  In a recent poll people 25% of respondents said they want a three-car garage, even considering the extra cost.

 

Spring is a great time to organize your garage.  Here are some simple ways to get your garage organized with do’s and don’ts.

 

DO’S                                                                         

1.    Start with a team.  Garage organizing is a big project and best done with lots of help. Your team can be your family, church or high school teens, or anyone you can corral to help.

2.    Plan for small, manageable time and space pieces. Schedule several times throughout a month to work in 2 -3 hour segments. Work in sections throughout your garage, such as floor first, left wall, back wall, then right wall.

3.    Set up pick up times for your donations.  It’s easier if a charity comes to you to pick up rather than loading your car.

4.    Establish categories and zones for your keep items, such as car, athletics, gardening, camping, storage. 

 

DON’T’S

1.    Just buying shelves and containers is not the way to start.  Have a plan so you know what to purchase and how much to purchase.

2.    Just relocate items in the garage.  Now is the time to review, recycle and donate what is not used at your home.

3.    Pull everything out of your garage and onto your driveway. It’s easy to get overwhelmed while organizing. Taking it in small increments helps you make good decisions and finish the project over time. 

4.    Keep things for an unscheduled garage sale.  If you don’t have a garage sale on the calendar already, donate and get a tax deduction instead.  

 

Remember, your garage is the most frequently seen space in your home.  Organizing your garage gives you the greatest financial bonus in money saved from storage unit costs and wear and tear of your car costs. Most importantly you have access to what you use.   

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7 Tips for Organizing Your Garage this Spring

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With spring in full force and even warmer weather on the way, now is the time to tackle the garage. Organizing the garage can be a daunting task, but you’ll thank yourself later when your garage is clean and organized and you can easily find gardening tools, bikes, and other items you use in warmer weather.  Organizing your garage can be easy with these 7 tips from Garage Systems LLC.

1. Make a Game Plan: Planning ahead makes most tasks easier. Write down what you want to accomplish in the garage and how you plan to accomplish it. What are my goals? How will things be stored? Will I use boxes or bins? Where will things be stored? Will I need to invest in a storage system?

2. Enlist Help: Don’t do it alone. Unless you feel you can tackle the entire garage by yourself, enlist the help of another person. They can help you move large and heavy items around, help you decide what to keep or toss, and offer up other perspectives on how to best store and organize things.

3. Move Everything Out: Move everything out of the garage and give it a really good, clean sweep.

4. Sort & Toss: Deciding what to keep and what to toss is usually the most difficult part. Items that haven’t been used in the last few years and have no foreseeable use should go. Make a keep, donate, and toss pile. Since it’s the beginning of garage sale season, consider making a garage sale pile if that is something you’d like to do.

5: Categorize: Once you’re left with your “keep” pile items, it’s time to group like items together. Some typical garage storage categories include:

Yard tools

Power tools & small tools

Automotive tools

Holiday decorations

Sports gear

Children’s outdoor toys

6. How to Store it: Use clear bins or label colored bins to store less frequently used items. This makes identification of contents easy and plastic pins protect your items better than cardboard boxes. Plastic bins are more stable than cardboard boxes are sturdier for better stacking.

7. Where to Store it: Give thought to where each category should be stored. More frequently used items should be stored in a visible area and within easy reach. Less frequently used and seasonal items should be stored out of the way.

Instead of stacking bins and other items on the floor in the corner, take advantage of the vertical space your garage has to offer. Use wall and ceiling space to store everything up high. Sturdy shelves, hooks, and ceiling racks are great for storing and hanging everything up off the floor, creating a clean, organized look and opening up floor space.

Garage Systems LLC is a garage storage and organization company serving the Greater Houston area with storage solutions and tips for an organized garage.

Garage Organizing

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In Houston, we are notorious for keeping our cars in the driveway and lawn equipment, unopened boxes and more in our garage! October is a great month to organize your a garage and even have a garage sale too!  It is a big project to tackle so be sure to include your family team in the process.

Plan Your Work
With all organizing projects, we need a plan for organizing success! Begin by setting aside 2 consecutive days for organizing your garage. You will need to take everything out of the area, boxes, bikes, recreational equipment or whatever! Enlist your family to assist with this endeavor for them to have ownership of the project and help in the decision making! If a clean space and a way to find toys is not reward enough, remember to find an incentive for your children in this family project.  Plan for the biggest parts of what is to be removed from the garage.  When is the heavy trash day? You can put items at the curb and have someone else taken them away.  Contact Salvation Army to pick up from your home the day after organizing so you won’t have to bring the donations to them.   What other large items will be sold and can be listed on www.craigslist.com?  Get your plan in action with the big stuff first.

Toss and Categorize
Keep in mind when you might use items again! “Just in case” is not a sufficient reason to keep all the items in your garage. Be decisive about how frequently you will use belongings and whether to keep them. Decluttering is just as important in this space as any other in your home. Once you have made decisions about what you are keeping, it is time to define categories for storage. Categories for your garage might be recreation, hardware, tools, gardening, and seasonal. If you have wood scraps, be sure to store these together but don’t keep every scrap. Also, take this opportunity to clean your garage, sweeping out bugs, dirt and more!

“Finding a Home”
Once you have created your categories, remember to locate what you use most in the areas of best access. Whatever you use most should be located closest to the door to the house. Items that are used the least can be stored behind or beneath other belongings. Use wall and ceiling space to maximize your area. However, keep as much as you can off the floor.

Organizing Products
When purchasing organizing products for your garage, retail and wholesale superstores have wonderful and inexpensive products. Garage items can be very heavy and need extra support. Four tier metal shelving units are most popular. Sturdy plastic containers with lids that seal are an excellent way to keep bugs and dirt away. Rubbermaid has products designed specifically for garages with slots for specific tools.  Called “Fast Track” it is an easy way to use vertical space where you have lots of it!.   As always, be sure to label everywhere including bins and shelving.   Monkeys Bars also has outstanding products to organize visually with hooks, shelves and more.  If you can see it you know you own it.

Is garage organizing a priority for you? Email me what you have accomplished to park your car in there!