Are you ready to get your garage organized in the coming months? Organizing and cleaning is a great way to be aware of what you have in case you need to relocate. This might sound like a big chore, but it’ll be worth it! Here are some tips on how to best get it done.
The garage is one of the easiest places to let get away from you. Clutter can add up quickly. Organizing your space feels like a lot of work, but if you start with a plan, you’ll accomplish more.
Time will be significant for overcoming this clutter. If you can devote a day to cleaning, you can get a lot done. It might feel like it goes quickly. It can also help minimize overwhelm by working on one section or area at a time. Don’t look at the garage as a whole. Just start with a small area.
Decide what you would like the layout of your garage to be.
It’s time to weed out the unused and unnecessary things that have just been piling up. Make two or three piles. One for trash, one for recycling (if that’s an option), and one for donations.
Sort through everything that takes up space, stashed in corners, on shelves, and everywhere else. Decide what you really need and what you will need in this space. Don’t keep anything you aren’t using. If it’s damaged, broken, or doesn’t work, let it go to the trash or recycling.
When you’ve finished, all that should be left are the things you need or want to keep.
Now that you only have the things you need, it’s time to get down to organizing. Did you decide how you want your space to look?
If you have shelves and cabinets in place, you can start your organizing with those. If you need more shelves or storage space, measure where you want them and how much room you have. Shelves are a great place to put things you regularly use or store totes of things you might not use. Shelves and totes allow for easy access when items are needed.
Whether your garage is large or small, you can take advantage of your space by hanging things vertically on the walls. This helps you stay organized and keeps things out of the way.
You can add a peg board to hang small items on the wall. Consider cabinets if floor space is limited. Hang your power tools and lawn equipment with large storage hooks. Some hooks even hold more than one item. Hang bicycles with hooks or a bicycle wrack to free up space when not in use.
If you don’t have a garage or just don’t have the space to keep things you’ve had in the garage, consider off-base or outside storage options. Storage facilities are often available to put away something you might not need for a while. You can also store things if you don’t expect to stay at your location long or have an upcoming PCS and not enough space to get ready for it.
Now that you have some ideas on organizing your garage and weaning down the things you don’t need, hopefully, it doesn’t look so overwhelming. There are several ways to store items to keep your space free. You can get creative and hang things or use alternative storage when there just isn’t enough room.
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