5 Steps to an Organized Garage

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Many people start their garage organization with buying storage bins and hanging shelves.  That is actually the last step!  Follow these quick and easy steps for an organized garage worthy of Pinterest!

Step 1: Categorize the items in your garage.

Typical categories of garage storage are garden gear, tools, automotive, and camping/sports/recreation gear.   I also store extra paper products and the vacuum in my garage. Make an evaluation of what should/can be stored in the garage based on how much room you have.  Evaluate luggage and paint to see if they should be stored inside.

Step 2: Group the garage contents.

Once you know your categories, it is easy to group items in the driveway or in the center of the garage. Use cardboard boxes to help you collect everything from paint cans to loose screws.

Pro tip: Do not buy storage containers yet!  You might buy containers now and realize you don’t have the correct sizes or sturdiness.

Step 3: Repair, replace, trash, or donate.

This is a great time to assess the state of your lawn equipment.  Do you need to repair or replace anything? If you have random parts or items, find a place for them so that you remember that you have them. Trash or donate anything that you don’t need or use anymore.

Step 4:  Determine the best garage layout.

This is usually where people start when they organize their garage, but you can’t pick the best layout without having an idea of what needs to be stored. Think about items that you often use and put them at eye level or within reach.  Seldom used items can go up high or in the attic. 

Lesson learned:  I bought some shelves and 3 bins to store my holiday decorations.  The actual volume of holiday décor?  8 bins and 2 sets of shelves! It is hard to envision what you actually have to store in your garage or attic until you see it in front of you.

Step 5:  Purchase/install shelves, modular storage, and plastic bins. 

There are great and inexpensive storage solutions for a garage.  Wall-mounted pegboards are excellent for hanging tools, garden gear, and sports equipment.  Wall hooks can store electrical cords, garden hoses, and lawn chairs.   Don’t forget the overhead space and attic storage!