According to the US Department of Energy, 25 percent of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. If this sounds familiar, we can help! Here are ten tried-and-true tips to declutter and organize a garage and gain more space.
1. Take a full day or even a full weekend to organize your garage.
Cleaning and organizing your garage is going to take more than a few hours. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day.
2. Make a plan.
Before you jump into organization mode, make a plan for cleaning and assign jobs. This will help you stay on task and on target for completion.
3. Get everything out of your garage.
In order to organize effectively, take everything out of your garage and clean every nook and cranny. You can even paint your garage floor to make cleaning easier in the future and it helps prevent mildew!
4. Go through your items before you put it back.
Create three piles: keep, donate, or throw away. Sort your items accordingly.
5. Take an inventory.
Make note of all the items you will be keeping and storing in the garage. Start to plan out zones for storing. Think about the convenience and frequency of use. If you are using an item more often, keep it at eye level instead of high up.
6. Group like things together.
This will help you find things easier and don’t forget to label!
7. Maximize wall space.
freedomRail Garage will help you save precious floor space for parking your car in the garage or other items that need floor space. Plus you’ll stay super organized with shelving and accessories!
8. Designate spots for bikes or toys for kids.
Assign a “parking spot” for bikes so everyone has a place to store their bike. Activity Organizers and Bike Hooks are perfect for getting bikes off the floor if you don’t have space to park bikes and toys on the floor.
9. Create a mudroom in your garage.
Stop clutter before it enters the home with a place for shoes and coats.
10. Recruit your friends and family to help you throughout the process.
Make games and have fun!
Visit the Organized Living Garage Pinterest board for hundreds of tips to organize any sports activity, hobby or DIY project.