From rollerblades to rakes, bikes and shovels, it seems our garages house everything but what they should — our cars! Does your garage have so much clutter that your cars are always parked in the driveway? Are you tired of having to clear snow off your car in the winter and constantly worried about hail storms and damaging winds because your car is parked outside on your driveway? Don’t you deserve better? We think you do – organizing your garage into a workable space isn’t impossible. Here are some tips for a well-organized garage.
When it comes to organizing your garage into a workable space, using as much vertical and ceiling space as possible is essential, especially when it comes to parking your car inside. You’ll want to get everything up and off the floor, removing as many items as possible. This may require several yard or garage sales before you can clean the walls and sweep and scour your garage’s floor.
It may seem overwhelming at first and this is why many homeowners begin by removing everything from inside their garage to the driveway. This not only gives you a better idea of what you’re working with, a blank canvas so to speak, and it also can help you decide how you want to designate areas in your garage for certain activities.
You’re also in a better position to sort through your belongings on your driveway as you decide what to keep, what to donate and what to throw away. When it comes to making decisions about your belongings you’ll want to ask yourself if you love it, if you need it, when the last time was that you used it and if another person could safely use it if you donated it. As you clear some clutter you’ll be amazed at how satisfying the process is. Be sure to recycle and donate used goods, disposing of hazardous waste and paint safely.
Garages are often the way most people enter their homes and for that reason it’s a good idea to group like items together. A tidy coat and shoe rack is a great way to encourage your kids to put their coats and shoes in the right place and make it easier to find later. Garage organization systems are an ideal way to divide your garage into purpose zones. In addition to using your garage to house your cars you may also want to use it as a studio where you’ll teach classes or host your craft group. Garage organizational systems make such an endeavor possible because you can store a sewing station and your art and craft supplies while larger items like bicycles and lawn equipment can be stored outside in a narrow shed.
Finally, once your garage organizational system is in place it’s imperative that you label absolutely everything. This may seem like tedious work at first but it’s well worth the time invested. By labeling drawers and cabinet doors with brief descriptions of the contents every member of the family will know where things go and there’s no excuse for not putting things away where they belong.