For most of us, the garage is a place where everything goes that can’t fit in the house. If closets are full or if there is no space left in the laundry room, we put it in the garage; it’s the only reason that people go out there anyway.
I happen to love my garage, however, and spend an awful lot of time out there. Like most people, though, it tends to become cluttered because we do put a lot of stuff out there that we can’t find a place for in the house.
The good news is, I have found a way to organize your garage so that it can still be used as a storage facility, but is also a neat and clean space where you actually want to go out and spend time, and best of all, you can find everything.
The first thing you should do when you decide to organize your garage is to throw out everything you are not going to ever use again. I know that this may be difficult, but there is no point in keeping things that will simply add to the clutter of the garage.
The next thing to do is to put up some peg boards on the wall, which can typically be found at any hardware store, and begin hanging things on the pegs. You will be amazed at how much neater this makes the garage’s appearance, and walls are often not utilized nearly as much as they could be. I typically buy zip-lock bags to hang things like screws, nails, nuts and bolts.
One of the most important things to do to organize your garage is to pick up a bunch of boxes from a local supermarket, so that you can put things like Christmas decorations and auto supplies into them. Make sure to label the boxes with a marker and devote a certain portion of the garage to storage of those boxes.
What you will find is that it is more visually appealing than just piling things on top of each other and that things are easier to get to, as well. Another big advantage of this is that your decorations and other materials are protected from dust and any critters you may have running around out there.
Another thing I recommend to help organize your garage and keep it clean is to keep a broom and dustpan out there, because tracking in mud or leaves is almost unavoidable, and if you spill something, it is easier to clean it up.
Some of these approaches to organize your garage probably seem pretty basic, but they work and make it a lot easier to get around and find things when you need them. You don’t have to try to do everything at once, either; just take it one step at a time.