Posted by: Amy at FreshlyOrganized.com | April 30, 2010

Organizing the Garage

IMG_0883 The garage can be a very useful space but sometimes it becomes a family dumping ground.  Since we don’t “live” in the garage, it is pretty easy to let the garage organization get away from us…see picture.  Now this garage is a bit of a mess.  What happened here is the garage was working fairly well and then the owner needed part of the garage for his project.  The project has lots of parts and no where for them to go.  The parts are all over the floor which makes getting to things hard, which also makes putting things away hard.

The first step to organizing any garage is always to clean out the things you don’t want or need.  Next step is to make zones for sporting equipment, gardening/yard supplies, tools, projects, etc.  When you are making zones, try to evaluate how you use things.  Here is an example;  you wouldn’t want your project to be in the daily walking paths but that would be a great place for sporting equipment.  This would be helpful because if the equipment is between the house door and the car door then it makes it easy to grab your gear as you are on your way to a game.  After you’ve made your zones, put all like things together in their zone and containerize.  Shelves, cabinets and hooks  are very helpful in getting everything off the floor. 

If you have a project you’ll be working on over a period of time, like the picture, then you will probably need to add some additional storage.  For most people, project’s are fun to work on but it isn’t much fun if you don’t have a good space to work.   For this particular client, who had no space to work, we installed ceiling shelves.  This helped get some of the car parts off the floor so there was better space to work. 

Last but not least, a coat of paint can really freshen up the garage.  The garage is the first thing you see when you get home from a day at work and the part of your home that your neighbor’s get to see on a daily basis.  If you get it cleaned out and organized, you’ll feel better and you might even have some neighbor’s with “garage envy”.

What are some of your favorite garage organizing tools?  I would like to hear from you.

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