Best Plan To Organize Your Garage

A recent survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance found that 33 percent of Americans said that the most organized room in their house is the living room while the least organized room is, you guessed it, the garage.

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Here’s how to get that garage organized for all to enjoy this spring:

1. Assess, Analyze and Prioritize

One of the biggest problems you may encounter when you organize your garage (or any space that’s cluttered) is that there is no plan for the space. Folks fail to take time to analyze and visualize the space to figure out how they want it to function. What is your priority for your garage? To park your car (one of your biggest investments)?  To have a workspace? To store seasonal items and sporting equipment?  Or maybe all of the above?  Well, you might be able to have all of that if you just take a moment and prioritize how you want to use the space. With your priorities in line, you’ll have an easier time purging and organizing the space because you’ll be able to determine what belongs in the space and what doesn’t.

2. Clear The Space

You’ll need to start with a clean slate.  Get a couple of tarps and blankets to place your items on and lay them in an open area like the driveway or lawn.  Once everything is out, be sure sweep and wash down the floors and walls.

NOTE: This may be a great opportunity to paint the walls and stain your concrete floor.  It’ll give your space a fresh, clean, new look.

3. Sort By Putting Like Items With Like Items

As you pull things out of the garage, gather all of your sporting equipment together in one spot, then your tools, lawn gear, camping gear, decorations and so on.  You can even get down to the itty bitty nails and screws…sort these out as well (this might be a good task for an older child to do for you).  Sorting like items with like items may seem like a “no-brainer” but it is a key step in the organization process not only when you are sorting but when putting things back into their established zones.

4. Start Purging!

Be ruthless in this step.  Try to commit to getting rid of 50% of the stuff in your space.  Even if you don’t get rid of that much, making the effort will go a long way.  To purge, start by making four piles: keep, donate, trash, recycle. As you purge, place each item into its respective category.  Get rid of anything that is broken or things you haven’t used in over a year.  Return items that don’t belong to you or belong somewhere else other than the garage.  Get rid of duplicates.  Remember…you’re trying to organize your garage…how many hammers, screws, brooms, basketballs, bats and rakes do you really need? If you’re having trouble getting rid of stuff remember to ask yourself these questions:  Do I love it?  Do I use it?  Have I used it in the last year? Do I really need it?  If not…put them in the donate, trash or recycle piles.  Donating items is a wonderful thing because you’re giving someone else the chance to enjoy and appreciate your items.

5. Take Inventory of What You Have Then Map Out Your Space and Create Zones

Now that you’ve cut down all of your stuff, take inventory of what you have that way you’ll have a better of idea of what organizational items you can work with or what you’ll need to purchase.  NEVER purchase organizational products before you’ve purged…it’ll save you time, money and frustration.  Now, map out the space.  Draw it out on paper or use masking tape to mark off outlines of the different spaces/work zones.  You can mark off the spot reserved for your car, heavy duty shelving, paint and hazardous material cabinet, sports equipment, lawn care supplies, tools shed or workbench and bike/recreational equipment.  Don’t forget to go vertical and overhead.  Consider your walls to hang items or install shelving.  And what about the ceiling?  You may be able to put plywood boards along rafters to store seasonal or seldom used items.  Also think about convenience and frequency of use.  For example, you probably want a trashcan near the driver’s side door of your parked car so that you can easily throw away items.  Or place your recycling bins next to the door leading into the house to make it easy to toss items into them.  Or how about hanging /parking the bikes near the garage door so it’s easier for the kids to grab their bikes and go!

 

How to Organize SPACE

Inspired to create a system for helping our Clients become organized, by one of our favorite organizers Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out.
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We help you with SPACE:
  • — Sort                                   Items into categories
  • P — Purge                                Get rid of what you no longer want or need
  • A — Assign a Home              Think about where you will look for an item next time
  • — Containerize                  Place in a container if necessary
  • E — Equalize                           Take time to keep up the system you have created

An Organized Basement: Before & After

Organizing the basement can feel overwhelming – but take it in small chunks, and you will be amazed at home good it feels.

The SPACE process helps you break it down:  Sort, Purge, Assign, Contain, Evaluate

 

 

 

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Organizing is about choosing what to bring into your life

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Decluttering is a natural first step in getting organized, but organizing and tossing what you don’t need isn’t just about making space for more stuff.

It’s about becoming aware of what you’re choosing to bring into your life and making a decision to keep it or let it go based on what’s best for you and what you really like.

6 Things All Impossibly Organized People Do

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Some people always appear put-together and calm, and live in households that look clean and run smoothly. These are the folks that get out of the door on time, can find their car keys every morning, and never forget to pay a bill. Look to these organized souls, because they have figured out all the ways to keep their household motors running. Look even closer and you start to see a pattern — a list of common practices that leave them well-rested and organized, while the rest of us are running around like overwhelmed chickens with our heads cut off.

1. Automate

Use tools that do your thinking and remembering for you, and clear your head for more important things. Set up your bill pay, schedule reminders, and recurring appointments once and you’ll reap the benefits forever. Your mind will be free, and — in the case of things like shared calendars — you won’t have to communicate details as often as before.

2. Write Stuff Down

Short-term memory can only hold onto a finite (and small) number of things at one time. Once your to-do list is down on paper (or in your phone) you won’t forget everything you need to do, or even just stress that you’ll forget everything you need to do. Keep your list somewhere close where you can refer to it often or as needed.

3. Remove Distractions

Keep the things you use regularly in sight, and hide everything else out the way. Your brain won’t mentally trip over unnecessary objects, and you can focus on the here and now. Stow things you use daily — like your hairdryer perhaps — at the front of the bathroom cabinet, and everything you use only periodically towards the back.

4. Divide and Conquer

Sometimes these are physical barriers that separate and organize, making items easy to see and access. Drawer inserts and shelf dividers are the things that come immediately to mind. But it also might be your email filter which diverts spam or junk mail to a separate folder, and leaves the truly important messages in your inbox. You can see the good stuff when it comes in, and check the other stuff periodically (if at all).

5. Prioritize Not Perfect

You can’t do everything. Save your limited time and energy for decisions about things that matter. Everything else will get done in a way that’s most likely just fine or certainly good enough. Few people can maintain military-style precision and perfection at home, and who would want to? Let it go.

6. Hide or De-Stress

There’s nothing wrong with retreating from the world once in awhile— whether that’s for a half an hour daily, or once a week. Knowing that you need that space to focus and get things done, or do nothing at all for a chunk of time, keeps you on point and recharged.