Its school holidays and you know what that means – kids want to make the most of their time off and engage in their favourite outdoor activities. Camping, bike riding, sporting activities and pool toys, the list is endless and fortunately all of these activities are safely stored away in your organised garage, right?! If we’re wrong, never fear, we have several steps that will help you get your garage back into ship shape in no time.
The garage is typically the one part of the house that every member of the family flocks to. It’s an area used to store dirty shoes, yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and about a dozen junk drawers. And, if you’re anything like us, you don’t want to go in there! It really is hard to get motivated when you’re garage looks like a dump.
Assess and analyse
Before you begin, take a good look at the space you are working with and think about what you would like to get from the space. Do you aim to have a place to store you cars, a workspace for your weekend DIY projects or a place to store your sporting equipment? Maybe you want an area that can cater for all of the above? No matter how you plan to use it, it is important to visualise how the garage will look and function in order to know what you’re working toward.
Clear and clean the space
Before you can get down to the organising, you’ll need to start with a clean, fresh slate. Empty the area before sweeping and washing down all windows, floors and walls. Use this opportunity to repaint the walls and even re-stain your concrete floor. This will help to give your area a fresh, clean new look to match your new functioning area!
As you empty your garage, gather like items with like items. For example, make piles for your sporting equipment, tools, lawn care, camping gear, decorations and so on. This might seem like a no-brainer but it is an essential step in the organisation of any space. This process will also help you take stock of what you have. You might find that beach tent you forgot you owned or your favourite Christmas tree angel you couldn’t find last year. This step will also help you when it comes to putting everything back in the right place.
It’s time to get down to the nitty gritty – the hard part. Start by making four different piles: keep, donate, trash and recycle and aim to throw out 50% of the stuff you’ve accumulated. This might be impossible for some, but making a conscious effort to throw more out will really help in the long run.
When it comes to throwing items out, make sure you place them in their respective category. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in over a year or anything that is in need of repair. Return items that belong to others or in a different area of the house. If you’re struggling to make the cull ask yourself; do I love it? Do I use it? Do I need it? If the answer is no, donate them to someone who will use it more often than you.
Map out your space
Now that you know what you’re going to keep, use masking tape to outline different work spaces and zones. This will help to keep everything in its designated area. You can mark off the spot reserved for your car, heavy duty shelving, paint and hazardous material cabinet, sports equipment, lawn care supplies, tools shed or workbench and recreational equipment. Don’t forget to utilise vertical space – install shelving or hang items to make the most of the space available.
Consider organisational tools
Now that you’ve mapped and planned your area, think about what supplies you need to help keep your space clean and organised.
- Large rubbish bins: Perfect for storing rakes, shovels, brooms, skateboards, balls, bats and globes.
- Pegboards: Great for hanging tools.
- Studs: Mount in the wall or ceiling to hang bicycles and extension cords from.
- Cabinets: Consider purchasing lockable cabinets to store paint, chemicals, cleaning supplies and other hazardous materials in.
- Clear plastic containers: These containers are perfect for storing like items together. Storing in clear containers also makes it easier to see what has been stored in each container without having to pull them all out.
- Glass jars: Ideal for storing nails, screws, nuts, hooks and washers.
- Label maker: Perfect for labelling cords, containers, drawers, boxes and shelves, helping you keep your garage organised!
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