Spring is finally here and you've been in and out of your garage a little more than usual lately! You may have noticed your garage isn't quite as tidy as you remembered last spring…well, you aren't alone! Most people wish their garages were a little more organized, especially this time of year. Get your garage spring/summer ready with these brilliant (and easy!) garage organization tips.
Garage Organization Tips:
- Before you begin your garage organization project, make sure you set aside an appropriate amount of time. Depending on how big your space is, (or how big your project is), you may need just a Saturday. However, give yourself more time than you think is necessary. Designate a weekend solely for your garage organization project.
- Begin by sorting the items in your garage into three piles: keep, trash, sell, or donate. Mark areas of your garage/driveway with a piece of tarp or chalk. What to get rid of: broken items (trash), outgrown toys (sell/donate), expired chemicals (dispose properly-trash) or anything you haven't used in two years or more (sell//donate). If you have a hard time getting rid of things, take a picture for a keepsake!
- For the things you keep, purchase large stackable clear-plastic bins. With plastic bins, you can see what is in them so you don't have to shuffle through the bins to find something you're looking for! As soon as possible, donate the items you put in the "donate" section. Don't let it set around or it will turn into things you have to organize next spring! You can sell the things you designate in the "sell" pile, either online (eBay, Craigslist, social media, etc.) or in a yard/garage sale (stay tuned for our blog on how to prep for a garage sale!)
- For items that must be in your garage (scooters/bikes, tools etc.) consider wall storage. By putting things on the wall, you free up floor space (and reduce tripping hazard). There is a wide variety of wall storage devices available at hardware or home improvement stores. You can hang everything from your bike to your tool set, all in an easy-to-see, organized space. Designate a bin for specific activities. For example, for baseball equipment, have a "baseball" bin. For craft supplies, designate a "craft" bin. This way, not only do things stay organized, but everything has a place. That means no more wasting time looking for something!