Set Aside a Weekend Dedicated to Organizing
People tend to underestimate how long organizing an entire garage will take. To thoroughly organize an entire garage, plan on setting aside two full days. The best course of action may be to take a weekend. If it takes you less time, great! But if not, you’ll have that time set aside anyway.
All of the gear in your garage fits into a category—sports equipment, gardening tools, seasonal décor, automotive supplies, camping gear, trash, etc. Determine your categories and designate a place for each category. Before you invest in storage bins and shelving for categories, organize your items into these categories. You may be getting rid of things and need less space than you think.
Group Garage Contents
Start placing your items into piles in determined categories. You will like rediscover items that you forgot you had. It may be a good idea to have small containers to group together loose screws, nails, and other small knick-knacks you find.
Get Rid of Things
Trash or donate items that you don’t used. A good rule of thumb—have you used it in the last year? If not, get rid of it. Part of keeping your garage organized means avoiding clutter, if you don’t use it, lose it!
While your garage is all cleared out, take the chance to do a little cleaning. Sweep out the areas that aren’t usually empty. Wipe down the walls. May even mop the floor! When was the last time you did that? It’s much easier (and more effective) to clean a garage that has been cleared out. An organized garage will be more satisfying if it is also clean.
Plan an Organized Layout
With an empty garage in front of you, visualize how you’d like your space organized. Design a quick layout. Put the items you use the most well with in reach. Whereas season items can likely go on a higher shelf. Once you’ve determined your desired layout, you can invest in shelving units, storage bins, and other organizational tools.
Install Shelving, Cabinets, and Other Organizational Tools
Install these things first and then worry about filling them. Use your wall space wisely. Storing smartly can save your room and give you more floor space in your garage. The vertical space in your garage can be covered with mounted pegboards, wired grids, or mounted shelves to hold your gear and equipment, keeping it off your floor but still within reach and easy access.
Put Items Away
Go from category to category and relocate items into their designated places. Putting this away in an organized manner will help you to keep your garage well maintained. Don’t undo the work you’ve already done by dumping items.
Garages have a tendency to get disorganized quickly. Set aside a time to reorganize your garage once a year (or more regularly) to keep it clean, organized, and beneficial to you.