How to organize a garage in 3 easy steps

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Is your garage a cluttered mess, leaving you frustrated every time you step inside? It's time to reclaim that space! With a few garage storage optimization solutions, you can transform your chaotic garage into an organized and functional space.

These ideas from our Junk Removal experts can help you organize your garage in three easy steps:

Step 1: Declutter and sort

The first step in your garage transformation journey is to declutter and sort through everything. Set aside a weekend or a few hours, depending on the size of your garage, and tackle it like a pro:

  • Empty it out thoroughly: Start by completely emptying your garage. This means taking out all the items, tools, equipment, and clutter. This will allow you to see the entire space and give it a thorough cleaning. Sweep the floor, wipe down surfaces, and make any necessary repairs or improvements.
  • Sort and categorize: As you remove items from your garage, categorize them into three main piles:
    • Keep: These are the items you want to retain in your garage because they are essential, useful, or have sentimental value. Ensure these items are clean and in good condition.
    • Donate or Sell: If you have items that are in good condition but no longer serve a purpose for you, consider donating them to a local charity or selling them online or in a garage sale.
    • Toss: Items that are damaged beyond repair, broken, or no longer usable should be thrown away. Be ruthless in this step to avoid cluttering your newly organized garage with junk.

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Organize the keep pile

Within the "keep" pile, start organizing items into categories. For example:

  • Tools: Gather all your tools and sort them by type (for example, hand tools and power tools). Consider using a toolbox or wall-mounted tool rack for easy access. You may want to install a workbench in this area for easy access to tools when you're working on projects.
  • Sports equipment: Group sports gear like balls, bats, and rackets together. Use bins or shelves to keep them organized and accessible. Also consider wall-mounted hooks or racks can help keep these items off the floor.
  • Gardening supplies: Organize gardening tools, pots, and supplies in one section. Wall-mounted hooks and shelves are excellent for storing gardening tools. Consider installing a vertical garden tool organizer or using shelves with clear bins for smaller items.
  • Seasonal items: Sort holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and camping gear separately. Clear, labeled bins are ideal for these items, making it easy to find what you need when the time comes.

Step 2: Explore storage solutions

Now that you've decluttered and categorized, it's time look at these garage storage and organization ideas:

Choose the right types of storage

  • Shelves and cabinets: Install sturdy shelves or cabinets for items that need to be stored neatly. Use adjustable shelves to accommodate different-sized items and maximize vertical space. Cabinets can hide away clutter and keep tools and supplies out of sight.
  • Hooks and pegboards: Use wall-mounted hooks and pegboards to store tools and equipment you use frequently. These systems keep items easily accessible and prevent them from getting lost in a pile.
  • Clear bins: Transparent plastic bins are excellent for storing seasonal items. They allow you to see the contents without opening each container, which saves time when you're looking for specific decorations or gear.

Label everything

Labeling bins, shelves, and drawers is crucial for maintaining an organized garage. Clear labels make it easy to identify the contents of each container or designated area. You can use a label maker or simple adhesive labels with a marker.

Safety first

Ensure that heavy items are stored securely, especially if they are on overhead shelves or racks. Check our guide on how to lift heavy items, and remember to use appropriate hardware and anchors to prevent accidents.

Step 3: Maintain and review regularly

The key to a perpetually organized garage is maintenance:

Return items to their spots

Make it a rule for yourself and your household members to return items to their designated spots immediately after use. This simple habit is the key to long-term garage organization. It prevents clutter from accumulating and keeps everything easily accessible.

Regular review

Set aside time, perhaps once every few months, to review and reevaluate your garage's organization system. During these reviews, consider the following:

  • New additions: If you've acquired new tools, equipment, or items, find suitable spaces for them within your existing zones. Avoid simply piling them up; designate a proper spot to maintain order.
  • Seasonal rotation: Swap out seasonal items as needed. For instance, replace winter gear with summer gear and vice versa. Ensure that all seasonal items are clean and in good condition before storing them.
  • Label maintenance: Check that labels on bins and shelves are still clear and legible. Replace any labels that have become damaged or faded over time.
  • Purge unwanted items: As you review your garage, you may come across items that you initially decided to keep but haven't used in a long time. If you still haven't used them and they no longer serve a purpose, consider adding them to the "donate/sell" or "toss" piles.

Evaluate efficiency

Continuously assess how well your garage organization system is working for you. Are there any bottlenecks or areas that could be improved? Be open to adjusting your setup to enhance efficiency and functionality.

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By following these three easy steps: declutter and sort, explore storage solutions, and maintain and review regularly, you'll have an organized garage that makes your life easier and a more functional space. Getting rid of the excess is easy with the help of your local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise.

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