It’s that time of year again when people start thinking about spring cleaning projects. And if you’re like a lot of other people, your garage is probably one of the places in your house that could stand to benefit most from some cleaning and re-organizing. Getting your garage decluttered may seem like mission impossible right now, but read over some of our helpful hints below, and you may just feel a little bit better about the project.
- First, of all you have to find time in your busy schedule to get this project started. Ideally, picking a weekend is the perfect solution so that you have several uninterrupted days to get things done. Plan for a dry weekend, preferably.
- Create a task force. Get family, friends, and/or neighbors to help. Two (or more) heads are better than one, and having extra sets of helping hands will make the project take less time, and it will make all of the organizing much more enjoyable.
- Never underestimate the power of lists. Make a list of all the things in your garage that need to find suitable homes. Knowing what you need to store will make it easier to envision how to store it.
- Get to grouping. Group like items together. Make piles of things like automotive accessories, gardening supplies, tools, seasonal decor, etc. Once you see how much of each group you need to be able to store, you’ll have a better idea of the sizes of storage bins, shelving, etc. that you need.
- Don’t be afraid to part with items that you no longer need or want. To get your garage decluttered, you have to be willing to get rid of some things. Donate, donate, donate.
- Decide how you want your garage to look and feel. Pick a layout that helps the space be functional and helpful for your everyday needs. Store things that you only use once or twice a year differently than you would store things that are used daily or multiple times a week.
- Invest in strong/sturdy shelving. There are plenty of options that can be professionally installed, or some that you can simply build yourself. Find what works best for your storage needs and budget constraints.
- The finishing touches include actually cleaning the garage once all the items are out and grouped, and then of course, putting everything back in their new homes.
- Remember, keeping on top of things will make the task much easier in the future. Set a reminder on your phone or mark it on your calendar to make garage organization a priority. Two to four times a year should be plenty to keep your garage decluttered.
If you have any organization tips that work well for you and your family, feel free to share them with us!