(Yes, it can exist.)
Do basements and garages ever get any love? They’re both places where the main ideas are storing, stacking, and hiding. The only difference is that you don’t park your car in the basement, and depending on the state of your garage, you may not park your car there, either. If that’s the case, it’s time to do a little organizing in the garage, in spring cleaning fashion, but in a permanent manner.
Schedule it, in whichever way that you can.
This is a big project and something that is best started and finished in the same day. Wait until you have an available weekend or a day off from work with no immediate plans. Basically, commit, commit, commit.
Plan, Prioritize, Organize: The Questions to Ask
- What are the priorities for this space?
- How do I want to divide up this space?
- What needs to be accessible?
- Seasonal objects?
Pinpoint what is motivating you to do this particular chore. Do you want to be able to park your car in the garage, finally? Focus on the spot that will allow you to do that. Or begin with the hardest job first and get it out of the way. For example, if you need other people to help move heavy equipment start with that job, so your helpers can show up and then leave.
Throw Out, Give Away, Keep
The classic step to all of spring cleaning: the ‘throw out’, the ‘give away’, and the ‘keep’ piles. The first step should be that whatever is in the garage are garage type of objects. If they’re not, and you want to keep them, kind their true home. Use your basement, or other storage options, instead of stacking boxes in the garage. Or use the other two options of this step and get rid of it in one way or another.
A Garage of Which to be Proud
Time for organizational tools: this includes shelves, bins, plastic containers, and hooks. Make room by getting things off of the garage floor and moving it up on the walls. You can hang almost anything: bicycles, gardening tools, and lightweight baby strollers. Almost anything else can fit on shelves and bins. This leaves room for true garage equipment like lawn mowers, trashcans, and of course, your vehicles.