Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Note: With the weather warming up, it's a great time to take a look at your garage and make a plan to get it organized. Today's post is from Shaelyn Peterson at Garage Boost to help you do just that.
If the garage is an area of your home that you don’t necessarily want to spend much time, it’s probably because there is so much stuff all over the place, making it difficult to find the things that you need in a timely manner.
The best solution to this is by getting your garage organized. Not only will this allow you to park your car in the garage, but it will also allow you to feel more relaxed in knowing that you have your garage under control.
With the new year already in full swing, try to make some goals to finally transform your garage into something more manageable. After all, the true purpose of the garage is to protect vehicles and other belongings from the weather. In order to make this happen, here is a step-by-step plan for improving garage functionality:
Organizing the garage is not an easy task, and it will take a lot of time. That is why the first step is to dedicate more time towards garage organization. Just like with any other goal, you can’t expect something to change if you don’t put any time or effort into it. Simply spending an hour or so every week in the garage will eventually make a big difference. It’s important to split up the time you spend organizing the garage because such a big project can quickly become overwhelming. Choose an amount of time that is reasonable for your schedule. Feel free to adjust the time each week and even enlist others to help you accomplish this project.
During the dedicated time every week, plan to declutter through all of your things. There’s no sense in keeping items that you no longer need or use. In an article from the Budget Dumpster, they talk about sorting your items into three different piles: keep, get rid of, and put in storage. This process of decluttering helps to downsize your belongings to a manageable amount. This is an easy way to make sure that everything that stays in your garage should be there. If you skip this step and go straight to organizing, then you’ll likely find yourself spending unnecessary time trying to find a place for objects that you won’t ever use.
Organize and Zone
After your garage is clutter-free, it’s time to organize your things so that you can find them efficiently and effectively. If you don’t have any shelving or cabinets, installing some will help you fully utilize the walls and ceiling while freeing up the floor space. Simply leaving items in organized piles on the floor still looks messy and makes it difficult to park. After there is a storage system in place, make sure to organize and keep similar items together. By keeping items in specific “zones”, you can save a lot of time otherwise spent looking for something. For example, you can create different zones throughout your garage for Christmas decorations, camping gear, memorabilia, etc.
Commit to Put Things Back
Organizing the garage is a big task. In order to make sure that it stays clean and organized, plan to spend a few minutes every week tidying up, just like you might do with every other room in your home. This type of upkeep ensures that your garage stays clean and tidy after every use. Get family members on board to make the task even easier.
Creating a plan for improving your garage functionality is a big, yet important project.
The garage doesn’t have to be a place that you don’t enjoy going in, but by dedicating time, decluttering, zoning, and committing to these goals, you can have the perfect garage that works for you. Organizing the garage can become a lot easier when you follow these simple steps.
This post was written by Shaelyn Peterson at Garage Boost. She enjoys reading, writing, staying organized, and playing card games with friends.