The garage is often the largest open space in a house. Unfortunately, since guests do not often come into the garage, it also becomes the catchall for household items that can not seem to find a home in the house. This typically results in a cluttered, frustrating and embarrassing garage. Also, in a four-season climate, seasonal items are usually stored there, and in the way. Here are a few tips for obtaining a garage you can be proud of!
Step One: Go Through All of Your Things
This may be a daunting task, but it's a necessary one. Carefully investigate everything and consider if you really need it (when was the last time you used it, and for what?). If you have not used it for a very long time, and can not imagine needing to use it again in the foreseeable future, you'll want to consider getting rid of it. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but use your best judgment. If you do not think you need it, get rid of it. You can donate items that are still in good shape. Finally, do not forget to toss anything that is broken or that has missing parts.
Step Two: Categorize
Take out everything-leave no item untouched! Separate them into categories such as: toys, seasonal, garden / lawn equipment, decorations, etc. Whatever system you think will work best for you. Then, separate those categories into degrees of utilization. Items that you use most often will need to be the most easily accessible. Items that are only needed a few times a year or less can be stored in a more out of the way place.
Step Three: Organize
Garages can be organized in a mind-boggling amount of ways, and because of this, you may want to consider hiring a professional at this stage. Professionals have experience with maximizing garage space through organization, so they know what works and what does not, especially for those with common garage problems, like flooding or insurance issues. Working with a professional garage organizing company will keep you from losing your garage items, and your mind.
Step Four: Upkeep
It's no use going through all this work if, in a year or two, everything will be jumbled together in the garage again. Make sure you always put things back where they go. Try to organize your garage in such a way that seasonal items, such as lawn mowers and snow blowers, can be rotated. Make the kids' items easy to obtain and just as easy to put back, so they'll have no excuse for leaving their things out. Put that hammer back on the slat board, and sweep the floor every now and then. The best garage organizers offer a follow-up to make sure your organization system is easy to maintain. If it's not, call the professional you worked with, and ask them to help you with some organization tips.
It may seem impossible, but having a garage where you can park your car without worrying about bumping into things is quite attainable. With sufficient determination and the right garage organization company, your garage may very soon become your favorite spot in the whole house!