Reclaim Your Space: Tips to Clear Your Garage Clutter
You may have had great intentions when you decluttered the house last spring to get ready for your yard sale, but somehow, most of the stuff that didn’t sell got moved to the garage. Now, squeezing the car into the “shrinking” garage is getting a bit more challenging every day.
While the garage can easily be the catchall, it’s still a valuable storage place. Keeping the garage organized and tidy will make it easy for you to find the items you need while making sure there’s still room to keep your car safe from the elements. With just a few simple steps, with some careful organization, you can get the clutter in your garage back under control. Let’s get started:
Just like you did with your home, go through every single item, and break it down into categories: keep, donate, sell, and toss. If you haven’t touched it within the past year, it’s time to let it go.
Work In Blocks of Time
A good strategy is to think of the space in the garage as a clock. Begin working in one corner, and continue to move your way around the circle. You’ll know where you left out, freeing you to work in blocks of time, whenever you have a few minutes to spare.
Take Care of What You Plan to Move Out
Box up the items to be donated and drop them off at the nearest donation center. If you plan on having a yard sale, set aside those items, and make sure you put a date on the calendar for the sale.
Organize What’s Left
- Now that you have reclaimed your space, it’s time to start organizing the stuff you’ve decided to keep. Your goal is to keep the floor as clear as possible, so think of how you can store things vertically — such as hooks and shelves.
- Organizing experts encourage you to divide the space into zones — much like you would find in a department store. Tools, rakes, and shovels go together on hooks and pegboards. Sports equipment and bikes can be hung from hooks, with cages you can mount to the walls to coral balls and helmets.
- You can use a shelving unit to create spaces for yard and garden products and another section for auto care supplies. Use the higher shelves to store holiday decorations and summer lawn items. Use plastic storage tubs, rather than cardboard boxes, which can withstand moisture, and keep rodents and insects out. Keep flashlights, grocery bags and the dog leash on hooks, right by the door, within easy reach.
Once you’re done, you’ll have a cleaner garage that is organized nicely. The next step is to make efforts year round to keep it that way.
Bonus! An organized garage not only makes it easier to find things, but it makes it easier to perform a home inventory to ensure you have the right insurance coverage. Be sure to contact your Cole Harrison agent after you complete your home inventory to review your homeowners policy.