Is your garage a mess? Have Too much stuff not and enough space?
Kerry on: HOW to ORGANIZE a GARAGE…
Top Ten ideas to de-clutter your garage
#1. The Inventory – The Garage – What does it look like? It may be a “straighten up and organize” job OR it May be a Toss, Purge, Throw, Donate project. Sometimes, “Ruthless Purging” is the key to success in cleaning out a garage.
#2. Sort of Sorting: Label boxes by category according to what you have in your garage. Typical categories may include: TOOLS, SPORTS, HOLIDAY, TOYS, CLOTHES, ARTS & CRAFTS, and MEMORABILIA and the ever-famous, “MISC.
- Also label one box for each: Donations one: Repair, and one: NOT SURE
- Purchase a large box of heavy duty trash bags for the things you’re going to throw away
#3. Organize and label your boxes – Put the boxes or containers in the driveway – or ‘organizing arena.’ As items go out of your garage, place them into the corresponding container, sorting and purging as you go.
#4. A Trip to Home Depot? Solution: a Closed-door lockable storage locker/cabinet is a great storage container for items you want out of reach (i.e pesticides, cleaning solvents, gardening items…anything flammable.)
#5. Getting Hooked Up – mount wall hooks and Voila! Hang brooms, shovels, garden equipment, and sports equipment – rackets, skis – you name it ! Use a ceiling-mounted bicycle lift or wall rack for bikes. Things are easy to see when they’re hung high – BONUS free up floor space for parking.
#6. SAY ‘HIGH’ TO —HOLIDAY ITEMS —Up Up and Away: Christmas decorations, old yearbooks, etc elevate to overhead rafters or the uppermost reaches of shelves.
#7. PURGE RUTHLESSLY — TAKE A STEP BACK AND GET READY- YOU CAN, AND SHOULD Dispose of the throwaway items.
#8. Make special arrangements for large items, like furniture, as well as for hazardous waste, like motor oil, paint, paint thinner, pesticides, and car batteries.
#9. Call Recology/ The Local Recycling Entity – to check on Their SPECIAL ONE TIME Only pick up.
10. Install inexpensive metal shelving. The Easy Access Shelves are for items you use regularly ( i.e. mailing supplies, craft materials, potting soil, over-sized pots and pans, bulk items.) Keep like items together.
WHEREVER I GO, I BRING MY ” INSTANT OFFICE” WITH Me:
(Colored Marker Pens, Duct tape, wrapping tape, packing material, more colored pens, scissors, plastic garbage bags; large cardboard boxes or plastic containers; 3×5 cards to label boxes (or a label maker; a box cutter to cut down any old boxes and a ball of twine to tie up newspapers, magazines…you get the idea.)