To finish up Garage Week, we have compiled a list of what we think are the best and simplest tips for organizing your garage. Some of them are repetitive and some may seem like common sense, so pick and choose as you wish. We just hope these tips help you transform your garage into an organized haven!
1) Pull everything- yes EVERYTHING- out of your garage. While it’s empty, give the walls a fresh coat of paint and give the floors a good scrub. Choose a light color for the walls to reflect light and make your space seem bigger. You’ll be surprised at how these two simple steps can freshen up this otherwise dark space.
2)Evaluate what you want to use your garage for. If space for your car(s) is important, be ready to use every inch of your wall space. Do you want the garage to have a workbench (which we think every garage should have)? Space for kids to do projects? What do you need to store in the garage? Are you a gardener? Is your husband handy around the house? These are important questions to ask as it will help you decide exactly what should stay in the garage.
3) Using the previous step, take time to sort through the items that came out. Make four piles: Keep, Donate, Throw Away and Relocate. Donate toys, bikes, etc. that your kids have outgrown or don’t use anymore. Throw away anything that is beyond repair or really dirty. Use the Relocate pile as a way to get things that don’t fit into your “Garage Purpose” out of the garage and into a more appropriate storage spot.
4) Separate the items in the Keep pile by either the activity they are used for, time of year they are used, or both. (For example, put all the Spring stuff- gardening tools, flower seeds- together then further separate it by activity- gardening, lawn mowing, etc.) You may have a sports equipment section, a chemicals section and a tools section.
5) Determine where in your garage you want to put everything. Keep in mind that you should try to keep objects that are involved in the same job together. This may seem obvious but some people keep the screwdriver and the screw in opposite corners of the garage.
6) Create “Activity Zones”. This is especially helpful for kiddos as it will help them create the habit of putting items back in the right “Zone”. Place each zone closet to where they are used. Kid’s bikes, for example, should probably be kept as close to the garage door as possible for easy access to riding. Extras of household items should be kept close to the door into the house.
7) Determine any additional storage you need for each Zone and buy ONLY what has a set purpose. People tend to go crazy buying bins and other means of organization only to find that they don’t need them all or that they don’t fit what they need to store. Knowing what you need to store and the approximate measurements of the items first will help avoid this.
8) Put all items in their zone in an organized fashion. Always keep like items together so that it easy to remember where to find and return them.
9) LABEL!! If you are using bins or plastic containers, label what is inside so you don’t have to root around looking for the one item you need. This will again help you and everyone in the house return things to their right place.
There you go! Good luck and remember: if you need help creating the perfect system in your garage, give us a call at (303) 690-6901 and we will can set up a complimentary in-home consultation with one of our talented designers!