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Weekend Renovation: Garage Reorganization

Categories: Home Maintenance Tips, House Maintenance Tips | Posted: March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Weekend Renovation: Garage Reorganization

How to organize your current garage or tips on organizing your garage in your new home

If you’re like many people, you have room for just about everything in your garage…except your car. Most of us are prone to dumping things in the garage when we don’t know what else to do with them, telling ourselves “we’ll deal with it later.”

Guess what? Later is here! If you’re in the mood for getting-ready-for-spring, organizing your garage is a great way to start. Here are some handy tips:

• Gather the right supplies, including heavy duty trash bags, a box (or five) for donations, a strong vacuum like a shop vac or a big broom, a hose for washing out the entire garage (plus spraying high for cobwebs) and a catch-all basket.

• Empty out the entire garage. Yes…get it empty. Pulling it all into the driveway and sorting, organizing and tossing will help tremendously, plus it gives you a chance to really clean.

• Do a basic cleaning. Give the floor a good once over with a broom or shop vac, and then wash it with the hose. As you’re emptying and cleaning, begin the decluttering process by tossing anything you know right off the bat needs to go in the trash or donate pile. This step not only gets rid of a percentage of what’s there but also has the added bonus of giving you an immediate sense of accomplishment.

• Then, critically eye your garage space and establish zones for permanent storage. Use vertical space and make sure dangerous items (like chemicals and sharp tools) are stored in a locked cabinet if children are in the house or have access to your garage.

• Mount a slat wall or pegboard wall that is accessible to hang and organize smaller accessories, adding as many hooks and small baskets as you need.

• It really helps to outline tools on that wall with a marker so you know where the tool goes at a glance and can easily identify when a tool is missing.

• Find a spare chest of drawers and turn it into a workbench. Thrift stores and even your attic are good places to look.

• Create extra space and store bikes vertically or hang them from the ceiling.

It may take all day on one spring Saturday, but you’ll be set for a while because you’ve tossed, sorted and set up better systems for your garage items. Helping you enjoy your homeownership is our commitment to you. Take a look at to learn more about who we are.


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