Garage Organizing Tips

Sample of an organized garage

An organized garage using optimized space. Photo courtesy of innovativelyorganized.com.

The garage has become an extra storage area for people’s homes. However, most times,  people store so many items in their garage that they don’t have enough room to park their cars! The stuff gets stored in the garage, while the cars have to park outside in the elements. If this has happened to you, then it is time to reorganize your garage! Just like spring cleaning, it is a daunting task, but once you are finished, you will be happy with the outcome. One great option for storing the clutter from the garage is to rent a storage unit. The storage unit is a perfect option to store seasonal items or items that are not needed in your garage on an everyday basis. Items that you don’t use every day or even once a month or once a year are perfect to put into a storage unit. Dymon Self Storage  has a variety of storage unit sizes so you can fit all of the extra items from your garage into a storage unit. Self storage is a good place to store seasonal items such as Christmas decorations, winter or summer sports items and other larger items that have been collected over the years.

There are many websites that have videos that will help you walk through the process of cleaning the garage such as ehow.com or the DIY Network . There are some easy steps that you can follow to de-clutter and organize your garage. The first step is the same that you need to do with any major project: create a plan. Decide if you only need to do a certain section of the garage or if you need to re-organize the entire garage. For any section that you work on, you need to decide what items you want to keep in the garage, put in storage, donate or sell, or throw  away. I know that this sounds familiar as this is the same strategy used in spring cleaning or staging your home!

If you are ready to start your project, the first thing that you need to do is take out all of the items in either the small section that you are organizing or the entire garage and place it outside the garage into the driveway. Clean and sweep the garage, clean oil stains, organize chemicals and toxic items and clear out the cobwebs! The next step is to sort your items into different areas that you might need for storage in your garage, that way the “like” items will all be together and easier to find. For example, sort items into car supplies, sports equipment, tools, pet items or a recycling area. Purchase shelving or storage bins specifically made to be durable for a garage. Make sure that chemical and other toxic item,  such as paint, road salt and gasoline for lawn mowers,  are locked up and away from children and pets. Use the vertical space in your garage to hang larger tools such as rakes, brooms and ladders. If you use your garage as a workroom, hang pegboard on the wall to hang your tools. Also hang sporting equipment and bicycles from special hooks on the walls or ceilings of the garage. This will allow you to have room to actually park your car in the garage!

Once everything has been organized and de-cluttered, it is important to maintain the organization and cleanliness. Put reminders in your calendar to sweep out the garage on a monthly basis and take the extra items to your storage unit. If you start having to park your car outside your garage again, then it is time to clean the garage yet again. Garages can be great places to store belongings, but they need to be the correct belongings for the space that you have.

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One comment on “Garage Organizing Tips

  1. Storage Manchester
    August 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM #

    Some nice tips, the garage is one place that often gets forgotten about and used as a dumping ground… feels so much nicer when it’s clean and tidy though!

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