‘To-Do List: Organizing the Garage’

The garage is where we toss everything that doesn’t have a place in the house. If you find yourself using your garage as a receptacle, it’s likely that you haven’t resolved all your organizing challenges within the home – and that your garage needs a serious overhaul.

Reclaim your garage and restore order with this organizational to-do list.

Set aside enough time to work on the project.

Back-to-back days are recommended (likely an entire weekend) so the items being sorted won’t be sitting in piles for an extended period of time.

Don’t tackle it by yourself.

Round up a team of helpers, otherwise, it may turn into an overwhelming task that will be abandoned halfway through.

Categorize and group the items in your garage.

Typical categories include recycling, sports and recreational equipment, camping gear, automotive, seasonal decor, garden gear, tools, trash or donate. After you have your categories, begin grouping them in the driveway or the center of the garage using a few cardboard boxes. Be sure to label the boxes.

Determine the best garage layout.

Decide where you want each type of item to live, considering its frequency of use and the available space. For instance, recycling should live near the entrance to the home, and tools should live near the workbench.

Install built-in cabinets or modular storage if needed.

Now that you know what you’re keeping and how much space you have, determine what containers to use. Make the most of vertical space with wall-mounted pegboards and wire grids that hold everything from sports equipment to garden tools. Also take advantage of overhead space with sturdy shelves that mount to the ceiling or portable shelves that are easy to stack up.

Now that your garage is organized, try to keep it that way. Easier said than done, right? Set up an organizing schedule quarterly or biannually and put on your calendar. If it’s not in the calendar, it’s less likely to happen. Putting things away where they belong after each use will help also with this type of project.

— Source: Menards

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