5 tips to organize garage space quickly. Do you want to transform your garage into a great storage space, work space, or even a spot to park your car again!
Are you tripping over bikes and clutter that sit in the doorway? Has your garage become the family closet? Do you simply want to park your car again in the garage?
If the clutter in your garage is reaching mountainous proportions then it is time to reclaim the valuable real estate of your garage. To do this quickly you need to:
These easy steps to organize your garage give your car its rightful home and you never know....you may find that old football that has been missing for the last year!
The garage is valuable real estate, in some cases accounting for 10-20% of your home storage space. What do you want to do with the garage space when you organize it?
Having a vision of what your garage is going to look like and how you are going to use it does two things:
Having a vision of what you want from your garage also gives you some ideas about how you are going to use your reclaimed space! If you like to do mechanical work on cars and bikes then you may want to set up your garage to do those types of things. But woodworkers or DIYers may want to do something different with their garage.
Does the prospect of organizing your garage sound daunting? Have you tried to organize your garage before but things just didn't work?
Organizing your garage can be overwhelming but here are a few ideas to get started.
Divide and conquer.
The first thing with any organizing project is that you want to break down your organizing into small chunks. This 'divide and conquer' strategy is a great way to get started on organizing your home or your garage. Choose a corner of the garage, or a shelf. Start small and follow these steps:
Now that you have sorted your things you now need to define different zones in your garage for each of your categories. These different zones may be:
Determine the locations of the different zones in your garage and ensure that the items go into their respective zones. Consider these different strategies when organizing your zones:
The garage is valuable real estate! To reclaim the garage floor it is useful to 'go to the wall' to use your garage space more effectively. Often home improvement stores or professional organizers give you advice.
One tip that is often used by professional organizers is to clear the floor space by hanging bikes on hooks and putting other items on shelves. Hooks and cabinets are great options for utilizing garage space effectively.
Look at the items that you want to store in your garage - tools, household items - can these be stored in shelves or on hooks? For hazardous items, consider using a lockable cabinet, and for heavy items consider supported shelves.
We have provided you with a guide on how to organize garage space but this could easily apply to any other part of the house from the closet to the home office. Defining zones makes it easier to find and put away items.
By having a zone for different categories and a home for each of your items, the trick to maintaining your garage organization is to ensure you put your items back in their home spots.
One of the key tips to organize garage space and clutter control is to have a place for everything and everything in its place. If you liked this article then you may also like articles on organizing: