5 simple steps to organize your garage

5 simple steps to organize your garage

For some homeowners, the garage ends up being the storage place for many items. Sometimes, even the car worth thousands of dollars ends up cold and dirty in the driveway, while junk and more unused items take up garage space. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Planning your garage re-organization can be simplified by following five simple steps.

Before you begin, make a date and put it on your calendar for the main work day. You will do some steps ahead of this so that your main day is very productive, including deciding the goal and purpose for your garage. Then decide on a reward for a job well done!

1. Figure out the garage zones. 

Take a pad and paper with you to the garage. Walk around and write down the main groups of items that your garage currently holds. Examples would be: bikes, recreational items, car supplies, gardening tools, holiday decorations, long handled tools, paints, recycle bins/trash cans and tools.

2. Drift and dispose. 

On a separate day, walk around the garage with garbage bags and place anything in it that you no longer use or love. These will be for donating. Keep a log of items you’re donating to deduct from your taxes. 

If your garage is really full, don’t stress about digging down deep. This is more of a drift and dispose – getting things out of there within sight that you know you don’t use anymore. This way you have less to deal with on main garage work day. Place bags in your car to take to the nearest charity.

3. Make a list. 

Find some time to sit in the garage and think about your garage zone list and what items you may need to buy to help organize things better. Example: if you have a lot of fishing poles, you can buy a wall mount to house them. If you have a lot of sports items, you may need a sports gear organizer. 

Having the right items ready on the main garage work day will allow you to use your space and house your items more efficiently.

One main thing that garages usually need is more shelving units. You want to utilize the vertical space in the garage. If you think you’ll need one or two, purchase them before the main garage work day.

Most garages need to have a wall rack for all the long-handled items. If you keep your broom and mop in the garage, you may need a smaller wall rack for these items to be close to the entry door to house.

4. Go shopping. 

Do your shopping before you the work day in order to have items ready so you can complete your garage organization in one day.

5. Work day. 

Be sure you have water and black bags for trash and white for donations. Begin pulling out each item onto the driveway, sorting as you go into the zone categories. Once the garage is emptied, blow or sweep it out. 

Now that you’ve purged any unused items into the trash or donation bags, you are left with what will be going back into the garage. Create a layout for returning items using sticky notes temporarily. You’ll want to place items most used closest to entry door to house.

Begin placing items back into the garage in their proper place. The final step is to label each bin or shelf. This will help you maintain your organization.

Now you have a newly organized garage, it’s time for your pre-planned reward!

About this Angie’s List Expert: Susan Wade is the owner of Sunflower Strategies Professional Organizing, providing home organization services in Houston. Since 2005, Sunflower Strategies has specialized in home organization, clutter removal, space management and more. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @SunflowerStrat.

As of March 27, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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