Garages are one of a homes hidden gems in regards to storing belongings. However, if not organized properly, can become a baron wasteland of never ending junk. Seasonal garage changes are important to keep the area clean as well as getting rid of any junk that you no longer need in your home. To make sure you use your garages space fully, here are some great garage Clean Out tips.
Use As Much Vertical Space As Possible
Many people, when organizing, only think of the floor space when rearranging garages. What they sometimes tend to look over is the use of vertical space. Buying hangers that mount on to a wall, or buy things to hang from the ceiling, are great ways to open up space in your garage. If you plan on parking your car in the garage, then hanging up your belongings will give you the space needed for your car. Not only does hanging up belongings free up space, it allows you to have easy access to those materials whenever you need them. If you do not want to hang your items, buying shelving with multiple levels is a great way to use the vertical space in your garage.
Empty Out The Garage
Before you start thinking of what you want to do with your garage, it is good to know what space you have to work with. This is why we suggest you take out everything in your garage before you start to reorganize. This will give you a “blank canvas” so you can see the actual space you want. Then you can start to imagine where everything will go and how you want to organize it. Emptying out your garage will also give you the opportunity to clean the garage. Getting rid of any dust, leaves and bacteria that have stored over the months.
After taking everything out of your garage, you need to decide what items you want to keep, donate or throw away. To help you decide, make different piles of items to remind you of what items will be staying, recycled, or thrown out. When looking at each item and determining which pile to place them in as yourself a couple of questions.
- Do I love it?
- Do I need it?
- When was the last time I used it?
- Do I see myself using this in the future?
- If donated, can it be safely used by someone else?
If there are any hazardous materials or old paint laying around, make sure you dispose of those properly and safely.
Whether if you are organizing your garage, or inside your house, grouping items that are similar is very important. Just like when moving, grouping items that go in the same room or go together gives you easy access when it comes time to use them. It also can help give you an idea of what groups of items you want to go where in your garage. It is also god to have different zones that belong to certain items within the garage.
As you look at your empty garage, determine what area of the the garage will be used for what purpose. This will allow you to plan accordingly of where you want certain items to go. If you plan to use your garage other than keeping your vehicle in, then you can start mapping out where furniture will be going.
One of the most important factors when it comes to being organized is labeling everything. Whether it is items in your garage, closet, under your bed, in a trunk, etc. it is crucial to label everything. Labeling forces you to not be lazy by dumping everything in one container. It allows you to separate the items that need to be separated and labeling them accordingly so you know what is in each bin. Labeling also helps when you have guests over and they are looking for something in your garage.
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