How To Organize Your Garage

Have you noticed that, even though you have a large garage, you can barely fit your cars into the parking spaces? It may be that your entire family has gotten used to using the garage as a storage area instead of a place to keep the family cars safe and enclosed. If you have set the goal to get your garage organized, here are some ideas that might help you.

Have A Family Meeting - You're bound to be more successful if all of your family members are on board.

  • Consider encouraging all family members to go through the garage and empty it of things that are not being used anymore. Perhaps your teenagers have bins full of things like sidewalk chalk, toy dinosaurs, and other things they don't even play with. Think about enticing the kids with the promise of money earned when they sell their things at a yard sale.
  • At the meeting, evaluate which things really do belong in the garage. Consider giving each person a certain amount of shelf space for personal belongings like skates, bike helmets, and other items that are typically stored in a garage.
  • It would be a really good idea to set an entire Saturday aside for cleaning the garage. Perhaps it would be fun to work in teams. One team could wipe down shelves and walls, while another team swept and mopped the garage floor.

What To Do With Leftovers - After things have been organized, there will certainly be items that will still need to be taken care of.

  • Think about purchasing a shed for things that you need to get to easily. For example, a shed would be a great place to keep the lawn mower, garden tools, and other outdoor equipment. 
  • If you truly have an abundance of belongings, consider renting a self-storage unit. This would be perfect for seasonal things like camping gear, holiday decorations, canoes, and other items that you don't need very often.
  • Have you ever thought of selling scrap metal? Perhaps you have old bikes, soda cans, a refrigerator that doesn't work anymore, car parts, or even an old car that is taking up room. Scrap metal recycling isn't just good for the environment, it's also a great way to get some cash. Before you throw things away, ask yourself if they can be recycled. If you think they can, take the items to a recycling center where they will be weighed and evaluated and you'll walk away with the money in your pocket.

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