Decluttering: The Key to Organizing Your Garage
Decluttering an overflowing garage is usually the most dreaded chore of many homeowners, but typically a priority. Your garage is likely cluttered, at least in some areas. Do you randomly toss things in your garage, thinking you’ll find a use for it later? If you haven’t used an item in, say, a year, you can probably get rid of it. Decluttering is crucial for an organized garage. Your garage takes on a new life, and becomes easier to navigate.
Clean up and Organize
The most practical way to organize your garage is to store strewn-about objects properly. And if you really don’t need an item, sell it, chuck it, or donate it. Everyone has things in their garage they don’t use or even need. Don’t be sentimental; if you don’t need it, it’s time to go.
Conversely, if you really need an item in your garage, such as a tool, organize it neatly. Your garage will thank you.
Organize Important Papers
A lot of people store their important papers in the garage. However, they can easily become misplaced, or even stolen, if not properly organized. Sorting your documents, mail, bills, etc. into appropriate categories is imperative. If your documents are sensitive, consider keeping them in an inaccessible-to-others container, such as a filing cabinet that locks. Neatly stacked boxes are sufficient for less-important papers.
Another great reason to keep papers in your garage properly stored is to prevent fire. You will also be adhering to fire-safety regulations.
Create Space by Decluttering
Decluttering your garage creates room and an enhanced sense of spaciousness. Now you will be able to find things easier, and maybe even discover things you thought lost. This is a great opportunity to store what remains in an orderly fashion. For example, your nuts and bolts, garden tools, etc. If you have chemicals, oil and such in your garage, keep them separated from anything flammable and in their own safe areas.
Decluttering Opens up Overhead Storage
After decluttering and organizing your garage, you might notice a lot more overhead space in the rafters. Utilize this space for extra storage. It can also be used to hang things, such as bicycles. Overhead storage is ideal for camping gear and sports equipment that is only used periodically.
Utilize Floor-to-Ceiling Storage
The floor-to-ceiling space in your garage is perfect for storing things that won’t fit in your cabinets. Utilize adjustable shelves to keep valuable items off the ground and out of sight. You can also use them to store cleaning supplies, art supplies or anything else of which you need easy access.
Discover Over-the-Door Storage
Don’t forget to use the oft-overlooked over-the-door utility storage area. This, like the rafters, is great for storing out-of-season sports gear and bulky backpacks, as well as containers, cases of toilet paper and more.
When decluttering your garage, organize and group your items properly, keep food separate, store overflow items and heavy equipment, spray protective sealant on items stored on shelves, keep surfaces dry and create a spot for miscellaneous items that need to be categorized. Decluttering really is the key to an organized garage.