“To-Do List: Organizing the Garage”

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Home & Garden

Published on August 14, 2019 with No Comments

The garage is where we toss everything that doesn’t have a place in the house. If you find yourself using your garage as a receptacle, it’s likely that you haven’t resolved all your organizing challenges within the home-and that your garage needs a serious overhaul. Reclaim your garage and restore order with this organizational to-do list.

• Set aside enough time to work on the project. 

Back-to-back days are recommended (likely an entire weekend) so the items being sorted won’t be sitting in piles for an extended period of time.

• Don’t tackle it by yourself. 

Round up a team of helpers, otherwise, it may turn into an overwhelming task that will be abandoned halfway through.

• Categorize and group the items in your garage. 

Typical categories include recycling, sports and recreational equipment, camping gear, automotive, seasonal décor, garden gear, tools, trash or donate. After you have your categories, begin grouping them in the driveway or the center of the garage using a few cardboard boxes. Be sure to label the boxes.

• Determine the best garage layout. 

Decide where you want each type of item to live, considering its frequency of use and the available space. For instance, recycling should live near the entrance to the home, and tools should live near the workbench.

• Install built-in cabinets or modular storage if needed. 

Now that you know what you’re keeping and how much space you have, determine what containers to use. Make the most of vertical space with wall-mounted pegboards and wire grids that hold everything from sports equipment to garden tools. Also take advantage of overhead space with sturdy shelves that mount to the ceiling or portable shelves that are easy to stack up.

Now that your garage is organized, try to keep it that way. Easier said than done, right? Set up an organizing schedule quarterly or biannually and put on your calendar. If it’s not in the calendar, it’s less likely to happen. Putting things away where they belong after each use will help also with this type of project.



“A storage shed is just the ticket!” 


While you can do projects around the house to increase indoor storage, many homeowners are choosing to gain extra space by adding a storage shed.

• Open up the living space inside your home 

You can keep all the things you don’t use regularly outside and out of sight. This way you can reduce clutter and only keep daily necessities close by. You can even make a list of things that you only use on special occasions, keeping those things out-of-the way so they accessible only when you need them.

• Clear room in your garage 

Garages can be a good place to store things, especially yard equipment, but eventually it is easy to get carried away and let your stuff take over the entire space. This leaves little or no space for a car. Being able to park your car in the garage allows you to use the garage for its intended purpose and protect your vehicle from the elements, or even break-ins.

• Hide unattractive equipment 

Things like weed whackers, lawn mowers and other yard tools get in the way and are hard to store neatly or in an organized manner. Keeping these in a shed will ensure they are easy to get to while not attracting unwanted attention.

• Organize your stuff 

Instead of tearing through your house to search for something, you will know that certain equipment or items are stored in the shed for safekeeping in a neat, secure and efficient manner.

• Keep your home clean 

Often, items that go into your shed are things you use in the yard, or bulky objects that may collect dirt, grass and other debris over time like shovels, watering cans or lawn mowers. Even if the items are damp or wet, you can store them without having to be concerned about wiping down the floors or cleaning.

Sheds come in a variety of sizes, styles and models, most any being capable of satisfying your individual needs. Consider how nice it would be to have the extra space, plus how well it would help to keep things neatly organized and easy to access.

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