Storage solutions were customized for this Tennessee garage. | Photo courtesy of Dan Denley
If you’re ready to tackle your mountain of junk in the garage, follow these step-by-step suggestions for clearing the clutter:
1. Inventory - Assess what stuff you have in your garage now and decide whether some of it should be gotten rid of altogether or stored in a better place. Decide what really needs to stay in the garage.
2. Categorize - Decide what stuff should go together. Automotive products should stay together, children’s toys should be grouped together, and lawn and yard work implements should be grouped together, etc.
3. Assess available space for biggest items - There may be only one corner where large items could go, or only one wall where shelving could go. If you have one big object like a freezer and only one place where it fits in the garage, start there and work around the space from there.
4. Envision – For the remaining space, do you want shelving, kitchen-style cabinets, a work bench? How can you use the wall space and even ceiling space for better storage?
5. Remove everything and clean - Haul everything out of the garage and stack it up where it will be safe and dry in case this process takes several days. Decide what you want to throw away and/or move elsewhere and eliminate those from the mix. Sweep, clean and paint. Put the cars back in so you have a feel for the remaining space you can use.
6. Build stuff - Put in storage shelving, a work bench or whatever you have decided will meet your needs. Make sure you are building something that works well with all the stuff you have sitting out in the driveway right now.
7. Back in place - Put everything back.