It’s time to face it; fall is upon us. The days are shorter, darker and colder. Let’s tackle that garage organizing project before it gets too cold and gloomy in there!
First things first.
Get those cardboard boxes out of there! I know it’s tempting to keep them around just in case, but chances are you’re keeping too many. Hold on to only those you have a specific use for, like, sending Aunt Louise her Christmas gift, and get rid of the rest. Of those boxes you keep, break them down and store them flat on a shelf, or, upright against a wall or behind a shelving unit.
On the floor? Time to store.
This simple act makes a huge visual difference, not to mention cuts down on tripping hazards. Installing a wall based garden tool hanger is an excellent way to get items off of the floor, and can be used to hang a variety of items.
Group like items together on shelving, racks or in cabinets.
Consider using plastic bins to corral liquids together on shelves to help with any potential spills or leakage. Stackable containers with lids look nice and allow for additional storage per shelf.
Think creatively about the storage systems you currently have.
Could they be better utilized in another location? If you moved or eliminated shelves, would it accommodate your stuff better? Does it fit your current needs at all? Would another system work better in the space?
Remnants from home and garden projects have a way of creating a permanent home for themselves in the garage. Like the cardboard boxes, keep only those materials you know will be useful to you in the near future. Those old paint cans from three paint jobs ago don’t need to be taking up any of your precious garage space.
Create specific, easy to access spaces for garbage and recycling cans.
Taking the trash out is enough of a chore without having to walk all the way across the cold garage floor to do it. Items like strollers may also need to be accessed on a regular basis, so make sure they have premier placement as well.
Similar to swapping out last season’s clothing from your closets, your garage might benefit from a seasonal adjustment of its own. Items like camping gear, bikes and gardening tools most likely won’t be needed or wanted until spring rolls around again. Taking its place might be winter sports gear, snow shovels and snow boots. Give these winter items prime space in the garage and tuck those warm weather items up in the attic or on overhead storage racks and well out of your way. Make sure you create ample space for wet shoes, coats and umbrellas near the door if you don’t want them tracked into the house. Install a wall based hook rack or use an over the door model so items don’t end up on the ground.
The adjustments mentioned above can make a huge impact on the way your garage functions for you and your family.
Below are some before and after pictures of a two car garage organizing project our Specialists at Eliminate Chaos completed recently.