Quoted! Make More of Your Garage Space

By Kathleen Krueger, September 5, 2015

You will seldom find a garage that serves only as a shelter for vehicles. Our garages often serve as storage areas for lawn care equipment, sports equipment, gardening supplies and any excess items that haven’t found a spot inside the home. In addition, your garage is often used as a work area and includes the various hand and power tools you use on your projects, whether vehicle related or not. Some of our garages have gotten so filled with other ‘stuff’ that we don’t even have room for our vehicles any more.

Do you need to get rid of the things filling your garage? Should you rent a storage unit to keep it in? Both of those suggestions may have some merit, depending on your particular situation. Before you go to either of those extremes, why not just try making better use of the garage space you have? Organizational experts like Angelica Holiday from Organize Rescue have found that often times the issue isn’t too much stuff. Many homeowners just need to learn how utilize their storage space better, to make it more efficient.

Develop Storage Zones

Holiday suggests by creating zones for storing related items. This helps to maintain an organizational system. Everyone can quickly learn that all the sporting equipment can be found in one area of the garage and that is the same area it should be returned to. Lawn and garden tools and supplies are kept in another area. Occasional use items like holiday decorations and that big roaster you only use for large family gatherings can be kept in another area.

Get It Off the Floor

You generally are limited on floor space in a garage. They are designed to fit vehicles and allow for space to open doors, but don’t always have a lot of extra floor space on either side. If you do have some extra floor space, it will generally be along the wall that is opposite the overhead door. The solution, of course, is to use wall space for your storage areas.

“Hooks and hangers are a plenty at hardware stores,” Holiday reminds us. “Overhead storage bins are a super place for things you don’t have to get to on a regular basis.”

Hang bikes and sporting items on the walls. Garden tools can be kept neat and easily accessible in the same way. Pegboard has been the go-to item for tool organization for decades. Everything has its place and is easy to find at the same time. Add labels or draw a silhouette around each tool to be sure that each item gets returned to its designated spot.

Shelves placed high up on the end wall will work perfect for bins filled with holiday decorations, craft supplies, the tent and sleeping bags. Anything that doesn’t need to be accessed frequently and isn’t too heavy. Label the outside of your bins with large lettering so it is easy to determine what is in each one without taking it down and opening it. Using clear bins can also help solve the problem of identification.

For those smaller things and items you might want locked away, narrow cabinets can be placed below the shelves with a work counter on top. Keep fasteners, paints and hand tools put away and out of site.

It just takes a little thoughtful planning, and you will find that you have a lot more storage space available in your garage than you realize. Plus, plenty of room to park your vehicles too.

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Quoted! Make More of Your Garage Space

Garage Storage Tips: Organize and Declutter

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Professional organizers offer tips on how to prevent overwhelm when you use your garage for storage space.

The job of a garage is, first and foremost, to be a safe storage area for the family vehicles. However, the average garage provides more than one function for homeowners. In most cases, the garage is a storage area for many other things as well. When fitting your vehicles into the garage becomes a challenge or absolutely impossible, it’s time to declutter and reorganize your garage.

Declutter First
Dani Perea, from BrightNest.com, a leading source of advice for homeowners, offers this advice on how to begin the decluttering process: “Keep your garage’s job in mind as you clear clutter and organize. Anything that doesn’t fit its job should go in a “put away (somewhere else)” pile or a throw away or donate pile.”

Just because something is currently stored in your garage, doesn’t mean it has to stay there or that the garage is the best place to store it. Seasonal items can be stored in a separate garden shed or a self-storage unit and retrieved when needed.

Perea also provides this savvy tip – ”Never buy bins before you declutter – or you’ll have less motivation to actually get rid of items with a nice new empty bin in front of you.” If you do buy bins for garage storage, organizers generally recommend that you purchase clear plastic bins. This allows you to see what is stored inside without having to open the bin.

[More Decluttering Tips: 4 Steps to a Clutter-Free Home]

Storage Time
Now that you’ve decluttered and determined which items really should be stored in your garage, its time to get organized. Angelica Holiday a professional organizer and owner of Organize Rescue suggest creating zones for similar items.

“Place all sporting equipment in one zone. Lawn care and tools make a nice pairing in another zone.”

You’ve decluttered and sorted your items, now it’s time to decide how to create garage storage areas that are both accessible and fitting for the types of items you are storing. Holiday offers this advice: “I say “UP” with it all. Hang as many things as you can from the ceiling and on the walls.”

Perea gets even more specific, “If most of the items in your garage are sports related, then opt for metal shelving and hanging hooks rather than large boxes (which easily become clutter traps). If your ‘keep’ items are mostly tools – a pegboard and hooks will hold tools, and won’t take up as much space as clutter-friendly shelves.”

Keep safety in mind as you determine storage areas for items. “Always store substances like paint, pesticides and auto fluids in their original containers,” Perea reminds us. “If the containers are damaged at all, get rid of them. If you have pets or children, make sure that containers of toxic substances are high and far out of reach.”

For a truly clutter-free look in your garage, invest in storage cabinets that hide your tools and other smaller items behind sleek doors. Select cabinets that mount on the wall to protect them from floor moisture that could cause damage.

Another reason to choose cabinet storage in the garage is to add another layer of safety and security. Cabinets can have locks to keep children from accessing dangerous power tools and toxic substances. Locked cabinets also add a further deterrent to those who would like to take your tools without your permission.

A final word from professional organizer Angelica Holiday is a good one to keep in mind: “Garages are for parking cars, not packing in so many things you can’t move.”

Garage Storage Tips: Organize and Declutter

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Step 6. Pantry Finishing Touches: Contain and Label It. When you’re ready to invest in new food containers, self-proclaimed “clear-container queen” Angelica Holiday, owner of Organize Rescue, says, “I recommend transferring all dried foodstuffs to clear containers with labels facing front with use-by dates showing.” You don’t even need fancy labels or pens — masking tape and a Sharpie are all you need to be a labeling superstar. 4-6-15 Slide 7

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It’s raining, start organizing! A lot or a little.

It’s raining and your stuck inside. Today is the day to take steps to organize. Here are some steps and stages for tackling those dreaded projects that in the end will make you very happy.

1. Make a list of the projects at hand. Make sure to put the tasks that will take to the most time at the end of the list. Separate each task into steps. For example: Clean the garage. Getting clear storage containers would be a good start even if you put nothing in them today. Keep breaking down the projects into smaller doable actions so when you do something you have won a small battle while still working on the war.

Estimate how much time each task will take so that when you revisit the list you will be able to identify what you have time to actually do and can choose accordingly. I may have several projects going, but I always have steps that I can chew on without loosing sight of the bigger picture..

2. You have a list and you want to choose something you can accomplish within the time you have. Maybe you don’t have the whole day to commit, so gratify yourself with a patchwork of timed efforts that will begin to gain ground in each case. You have to go get the clear plastic storage containers, well while you are out, pick up a labeler for the library project that will require sorting the articles in the big box. See, 2 things done and you are on your way to starting two of the agendas.

3. Each time you start a step be mindful that you will be revisiting the overall project many times. I find myself marveling at how well I paid attention to details in my last session and how much it was helping me to progress in the current go. As you accomplish these measured steps, you will find it getting easier and easier. Give yourself a pat on the back each time to open up the case to work on it again and cheer that the efforts of your past attention has paid it forward when you resume.

4. Go easy on yourself if you choose to change directions. Sometimes when when we get stuck in, we realize that we made a misstep in either our planning efforts. If you have to take something apart or start over, be glad you caught the “oops” now than further down the line. You will be glad you did. Have patience. Be kind to yourself and know that that little detour is a way to look at things again and start fresh.

5. Corral your tools and supplies for each project so that you are not running around looking for the essentials for the project. Gather scissors, markers, tape, stapler and all the implements together first so you don’t have to stop what you are doing to go fetch them. If the project is going to spread out over time, make a list of these goodies so you don’t busy your mind with the running around again. When you are through with each action, return them to their proper homes, your organized desk, kitchen drawer or craft room for easy access the next time you are going to work.

Having these helpful tips will certainly make the beginning and continuing to organize faster and easier. You will thank yourself and me for doing things that rocket your through your list into appreciation of your hard work. Whether its raining or sunny where you are, get going.

It’s raining, start organizing! A lot or a little.