How to Organize and Declutter Your Garage

How to Organize and Declutter Your Garage

Last week we provided some tips aimed at helping people organize their closets and kitchens. For this post, we wanted to offer some tips for organizing and decluttering your garage. But before you get started, you’ll want to gather a few things, including a broom (or shop-vac, if you have one), heavy-duty trash bags, and plastic storage bins.

Establish zones

When you’re starting this project, you’ll want to establish zones, such as recycling, tools, car supplies, beach equipment, sport equipment, and storage. Once you know where you’ll be keeping everything, you can start planning your storage space.

Additionally, if your current bulk storage items (i.e., clothing, holiday decorations, etc.) are stored in boxes, move those items into large plastic storage bins. Not only are plastic bins easier to stack, they’re more durable than boxes and will better protect your belongings from moisture, bugs and rodents.

Clean and sort as you go

As you start reorganizing your garage, be sure to look for things that can be thrown out (i.e., mismatched sneakers that haven’t seen the light of day in years) and things that can be donated, such as unused / unwanted kitchen appliances and sports equipment.

Once your items are sorted into “zone piles,” you’ll be able to determine how much space you need for each zone. Don’t forget to utilize vertical space. If you have kayaks, or paddleboards, you might be able to hang them on the ceiling.

Lastly, as you start organizing the tool section, consider moving loose nails/ screws / bolts in small, plastic drawers. Not only will this make these items easier to find, it can prevent them from winding up on the floor.

Determine your storage needs

Could you benefit from new shelving? Do you need a new step stool? Do you need additional storage bins? If so, determine your needs, make a list, and order it. If you don’t want to order from Amazon, Walmart offers free delivery for orders of $35 or more.

Store dangerous items securely

If you have children, you’ll want to store things such as chemicals, motor oil and dangerous tools in a locked cabinet. Be sure to keep the key to that cabinet in a place where your kids can’t get to it.

Plan maintenance

Once your garage is organized, you’ll want to keep it that way. In most cases, this can be done by giving your garage a quick sweep once a month.

Good luck and happy organizing!