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 Eliminate Chaos - Reclaim Your Garage

The garage. Do those two words make you want to cringe? If so, you're not alone.

In the spring did the thought of digging out the lawn mower and yard tools make you want to give up and call a yard service? Is it too much work to locate the camping gear for a quick summer weekend getaway? Has your car (probably the second-biggest investment you've made) been relegated to the driveway so you can store "stuff" worth a fraction of that cost?

In a survey last year, the National Association of Professional Organizers asked which room was the most disorganized. Some 38 percent of those responding said it was the home office, while the garage came in second at 19 percent.

In my experience these are the two rooms that are the most difficult and time-consuming to organize.

Perhaps you can relate to some of the reasons why a garage enters a state of chaos

  • You moved and the things that did not find a place in the new house have decided to make their home in the garage -- whether or not you really need them.

  • When you aren't sure what to do with something, you toss it in the garage.

  • You've inherited a bunch of stuff you don't know what to do with.

  • You're a pack rat and can't let it go because you might "need it someday" or you "paid good money for it."

  • You just have too much stuff!

Some garages may desperately need a Dumpster and a major overhaul; others may need only a bit of refining. Whatever the size of your project, you need a plan.

Your plan should include

  • How you will use the space
  • What will be stored
  • Who will participate
  • When you want the project finished
  • Armed with a plan, you're almost ready to get started, but you will need some supplies
  • Garbage can/bags
  • Recycle bin
  • Lots of boxes of various sizes -- for donations and to help you sort
  • A sense of humor and a willingness to make decisions and let go!

Notice that I've not asked you to purchase anything at this point; but if you must, purchase several plastic bins in various sizes. These can be used to help you sort and later to store items for visible, quick access.

If your garage mess requires the assistance of a trash bin and some Advil, plan to spend a lot of time sorting. You will need to make many decisions about what will stay and what will go. Initially, you may benefit most from doing a macro-sort and deciding what is trash and what's a treasure. A treasure is anything you keep that still serves a useful purpose or is truly a treasure in the form of memorabilia. Trash -- well, I don't need to define that one for you. Just remember, as you are sorting: clutter results from decisions not made.

A macro-sort can be very helpful when you have years of accumulation. It also can be done in phases; you certainly don't have to do it all in one day. Just by eliminating the things that no longer serve a purpose in your life, you will have freed up space to store the stuff you need and use. While you are working on the sorting process, create a list of the categories of things you will store in your garage. That might include yard equipment, tools, camping gear, sport activity gear, holiday decor, painting supplies, car supplies, the Costco stash, earthquake supplies, garbage and recycling bins, refrigerator, freezer, kid's toys, etc.

After you've sorted, you'll be able to see the volume of each category and it will become clearer as to how you should use your garage space. Design your space so that the items used frequently are in the most accessible places. Don't forget to look up -- there are many storage opportunities up high for items not used more than once or twice a year.

It is much easier to shop for products that will help you organize the contents of your garage after you know how much volume you have in each category and the amount of space you have to store it in. There are many products to help you organize your garage. So many, in fact, that it can be tough to figure out where to begin. You'll need to determine if you want everything behind closed doors or if open shelving and pegboard will do the trick.

Final tips and thoughts

  1. Recycle boxes not being used, unless they must be saved for warranty reasons. They are a big space-waster.
  2. Don't be afraid to let go; you're not going to miss it, especially if it has lived in a box for years and you'd forgotten it was there.
  3. Your garage is an extension of your home. What impression do you leave with your neighbors and people who pass by on the street when the garage door is open?

What are you waiting for? Get started now while the weather is perfect for this project. You'll be thankful this winter when you can park in the garage and don't have to scrape windows.

© 2008 Eliminate Chaos, LLC

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Just Released: Business Solutions Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager

On August 1st, I am launching my new book – Business Solutions Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager – in New York, where I will be speaking on the same subject at the National Speaker’s Association conference.

I am excited to have finished this book as it is also the basis of all of the Outlook 2007 training I provide. Most of the Outlook 2007 books on the market show you ‘how’ to use the components of Outlook; such as: Inbox, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes. This book is different because it tells you ‘WHY’ you want to use certain features of the program and how to get the most from them. It is chock full of ideas, tips and suggestions for how you can apply them to your business.

Click here to read the Press Release.

Available at: shop.eliminatechaos.com.

212 pages in full color and all step-by-step instruction. Now you can get all of my tips and tricks in one place.

Just $39.95 – a fraction of what you’d pay if I worked with you one-on-one.

Will ship on August 6th.

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Location:  335 116th Ave, SE - Bellevue, WA  98004

Investment:  $247 (includes 5 1/2 hours of hands on instruction, 220 page book, lunch, coffee service and parking).

Click here to see the class flyer and what you will learn.

Click here to Register.

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Organizing & Information Retrieval with Microsoft Outlook 2003 - September 17, 2008

Back by popular demand....this class is limited to 15.  Book your seat today!

Time:  9:30am to 4pm

Location:  335 116th Ave, SE - Bellevue, WA  98004

Investment:  $247 (includes 5 1/2 hours of hands on instruction, 130+ page book, lunch, coffee service and parking).

Click here to see the class flyer and what you will learn.

Click here to Register.

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Seattle Post Intelligencer:  Quick Tips & Monthly Column

Each week you can find my quick organizing tips in the Seattle PI or online.  Just type "Leist" into the Search box for a list of tips and past articles. 

Each month you can find my featured article in the Living section of the newspaper.  Click here to read about "Taking Out the Digital Trash".

My August article will be about Organizing Your Car.

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Speaking Schedule

August 4th - New York, NY

National Speaker's Association Conference:  Information Strategies for Your Business - Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager

August 13th - Seattle, WA

Pacific Market Center:   Eliminate Chaos...In Your Office:  Simple Strategies for Managing Electronic and Paper Information.

September 8th - Seattle, WA

National Association of Catering Executives:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Office:  Simple Strategies for Managing Electronic and Paper Information.

Click here to see the rest of our speaking engagements open to the public.

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 Best Regards - and Happy Organizing,

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Information Strategies for Your Business - Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager - August 20, 2008

 

Last day to Register is Friday, August 15th. 

What's in your database?  Turn your contact information into gold by creating organized solutions for data retrieval and use.  This class is an in-depth look at how to incorporate Business Contact Manager into your business or work use. 

This class is limited to just 10 participants - in order to ensure enough time for questions and customization.  Book your seat today and see how powerful this tool is.

Time:  9:30am to 4pm

   
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P.O. Box 13043 Mill Creek, WA 98082
   

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  • Business Services
    • Paper Flow and Information Management
    • Workspace Organization and Space Planning
    • Productivity Assessments
    • Microsoft Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Exchange Migrations
  • Visit our business services site