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

Homeclick Community added by Kathleen Krueger

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

Disorganization Central

Disorganization comes from not having a central plan for each room. Creating an organizational plan takes into consideration the flow of the space, the activities that the space is to provide and the frequency of these activities.

Kitchen Central: High Frequency…. The kitchen is used every day all day long. If you menu plan, you can organize the time that the kitchen will be occupied for food preparation and cooking. If it is an eat in kitchen you can take into consideration that it will be occupied during meal times too. Without these key timing factors, you will have a bit of chaos that will be an ever evil. I suggest that you create a booking system outside of the usual meal prep, cook and eat times so that everyone will know if the space is free or occupied. Everything will flow easily around this structure and everyone will be more happy.

Sports Central Garage: Low to Medium to High Frequency… A sports busy family has to have a very well organized garage to hold the gear for easy access. In some families, there can be multiple sports seasons over lapping each other. That is where the organized placement can be a huge helper. Setting up the scale of the garage to suite the little sports people will also add confidence in getting their own gear. If the play schedule requires the use of the equipment at times daily or weekly, such as bikes, they must be housed at the ready with easy access. Those pieces that are used once a month or seasonally on vacation can be well housed in your storage unit. A room that is centered around its activities is a well organized room. No need for disorganization when the space is well tooled.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. www.organizerescue.com  I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday and upscale organizing challenges, organizes people’s moves and provides wardrobing services. My expertise also includes when it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to a care home, downsizing of all kinds and hoarders. I do hope some of my thoughts were helpful. Please call to book an appointment. Blessings,  Angelica Holiday, Organize Rescue, www.organizerescue.com holiday@organizerescue.com 310-990-5100

Disorganization Central

Couples Clutter

My motto is, “Be Complete. Put things Completely away.” As for couples, Be a Complete Couple. Put things Completely away.”

It always starts with, “He makes little piles.” She says “Then the little piles become bigger piles.”

Perception of a problem is a bigger problem. It is the core of miscommunication. Couples are not working out their own inner blockages and all the stuff becomes an outward sign of these issues. Not everything has to be accomplished in one fell swoop, but when indecision and self doubt come to the surface it has to go somewhere and where it goes is into little piles of clutter.

This inner communication quandary is reflected in the way the couples communicate on a regular basis. Holding, then releasing, withdrawing then talking are common staging grounds for resentment and anger. I see this all the time in my couples organizing work. Even when one partner has a room just for their crafts and the other has the garage for their DIY, each of the spaces have little piles.

One couple I worked with had the wife as the team leader. She was at home with 3 kids under the age of 7 and all their stuff too. The husband did not lend a  hand nor supported the work we were doing. Now the wife has systems to safeguard the home going back to chaos. We never got the husband’s things in any sort of order and it will never change, unless he acknowledges his own indecision and self doubt. That is where my job stops and the marriage counselor’s begins.

My name is Angelica Holiday and my company is called Organize Rescue. www.organizerescue.com  I am a motivated organizer that helps people with everyday and upscale organizing challenges, organizes people’s moves and provides wardrobing services. My expertise also includes when it’s time for Mom and Dad to go to a care home, downsizing of all kinds and hoarders. I do hope some of my thoughts were helpful. Please call to book an appointment. Blessings,  Angelica Holiday, Organize Rescue, www.organizerescue.com holiday@organizerescue.com 310-990-5100

Couples Clutter