What’s the current state of your garage? Be honest with yourself. Don’t worry if it’s messier than you would like it to be. If you don’t keep a careful eye out, before you know it, your garage is a dizzying mess of boxes, extra holiday decor and junk. If you’re not able to open up your garage doors and drive your car in, it’s a sign your garage needs some TLC. Tackling that can be an intimidating task, but it’s worth it to simplify your life and create a home you’re proud to show off. Here are some tips on how to start organizing your garage.
Create an ideal floor plan. This is a good place to start, as it gives you goals and ideas for how to achieve them. For instance, if you want to have a dedicated space for tools, setting aside a specific amount of space requires you to get crafty on how to fit everything neatly into that space. This floor plan doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Even just indications for where you want items to go and how much space to allot for your cars will do. What matters most is that you have a good idea of what the end product will look like, and that that vision doesn’t block any doors or make a bigger mess.
Decluttering is a crucial part of getting your garage in shape. To make this easier, make it a weekend family activity. The more people involved, the less time it will take — because if you’re like most people, there’s probably a good amount to go through before you can see the floor of your garage! If you invite extended family or friends to help with this process, you could offer some of what you’d otherwise be giving or throwing away to them as a thank-you gift.
Anything that doesn’t need to be in a garage shouldn’t be. If that means throwing out those holiday garlands you love from several years ago, you could give them to a local charity. Rehoming beloved items for someone else to love is a great way to approach decluttering!
Shelves and pegboards will be your best friend. Walls are often underutilized spaces in garages, so look beyond your floor for garage storage options for items you need to keep in there. Tools are perfect for wall space, but you could also hang up gym bags and sports equipment near the entrance for grab-and-go ease. Floor space is a premium in your garage, so using walls for storage helps make sure you can fit your car comfortably inside.
If your family has bikes, buy sturdy hanging racks for each. That should give you back some precious floor space in your garage, especially if you have more than one bicycle.
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