Organizing Your Garage

There are a ton of statistics I’ve learned through my NAPO education, but one that has always stuck with me is that only 30% of us keep our cars in the garage. Our cars are an expensive investment some of us can’t do without. Leaving them outside submits them to damage from sun exposure, bird droppings, tree sap and possible vandalism. Why would we treat such an expensive item so poorly? Answer: TOO MUCH STUFF!

Big mess in an over stuffed suburban garage.

Here are some tips to help you organize your garage and get rid of items you don’t need.

  1. Set aside at least one day, possibly an entire weekend or two, to complete your project. The time it will take depends on how much you have in your garage.
  2. Go through everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) – you never know what you might find hidden in one of those old boxes.
  3. Sort everything into three piles – keep, donate or sell and toss. The donate/sell pile needs to be in an out-of-the-way place, just in case you aren’t able to donate it until the second weekend. Of course, your garbage can is the perfect place for the toss pile.
  4. Then, sort everything you’re keeping into broad, like categories. Keep in mind they’ll stay in these categories as you’re replacing them in the garage. Mentally draft a floor plan of where you’ll place everything, making sure to leave enough room for your car. Purchase storage bins AFTER you’ve completed this step so you’re sure to get the right size.
  5. Items you use together, such as lawn supplies, can be stored together. Bulky equipment can be stored in corners. Frequently used items should be in easy to reach places, while seasonal items can be in the hardest-to-reach spots.
  6. The best way to bust clutter in your garage is to keep items off the floor whenever possible. This also makes it easier to clean the garage.
  7. Don’t forget to store up! A cable-lifted storage rack is a great way to store items without giving up accessibility.

 

Most importantly, do your best to keep the garage organized. That way you won’t have to go through this process again in a year, or it will at least be a little quicker.

 

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Now, start your engines…and pull your beautiful car back into the garage.