With the end of summer approaching and the kiddos back in school, it’s a perfect time to tackle some of those dreaded projects! It is a great time to organize your garage for back to school! For some reason, the garage seems to attract all the clutter we don’t know what to do with.
Seasonal changes contribute to garage clutter. The transitioning from one season to another can significantly contribute to clutter, specifically spring and fall. In the fall, you need space to store yard equipment, patio furniture, barbeque grills, and summer sports equipment until they are needed. In the spring, your snow removal equipment, snow tires, and winter-related items need to be stored. And we can’t forget the holiday decorations! Since holiday decorations are used only once a year, you will want to store those out of the way as not to take up valuable floor space.
Tip 1: Maximize Vertical Space
To help organize your garage, maximize vertical space by utilizing wall space to store brooms, rakes, and shovels. Add a vertical storage ball rack for storing footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs. They can be set up anywhere. Kids will love it because it’s easy to take balls out and put them away. Pegboard is great for organizing your tools. Store tools most often used on the pegboard, place other tools in a toolbox or cabinet. Cabinets are great for storing things and keeping the garage neat and organized. Depending on the number of cabinets you have, you may be able to store everything away, as a result your garage will always look clean!
Tip 2: Make Organization Clear
Another great way to organize your garage is to make organization clear…literally! Use clear bins or totes to store items on shelves. The clear containers let you see what is inside of each bin/tote. By labeling each bin, you’ll stay organized and your storage space will stay tidy. In order to find one specific item, all you have to do is look at your labels and you’ll find it with ease! Store toys by adding some easy-to-reach shelves that can be used for clear plastic bins that contain toys. As a result, the clear bins will let kids will see what goes inside each bin and be more likely to put their toys away.
Tip 3: Create a Daily Drop Zone
A final tip to help organize your garage is to create a daily drop zone close to the door you most often enter your home, which in most cases area right outside the door leading into the home. You can use command hooks for hanging keys, jackets, and light bags. Use sturdier hooks for playground bags, swim bags, scouting bags, and a bag for whatever sport your kids are involved in now. Have a bin for hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens. Utilize a boot tray to place wet shoes on, instead of taking them off in the house. If space allows, you can add a small bench seat for sitting and use the space underneath for storage.
The best way to keep your garage clean and organized is to make time twice a year to tackle the task! Generally, spring and fall are great times to discard unused items and keep things organized.
These simple organizing tips will bring more joy, clear-headedness, and ease into your daily life! If you decide you’d like a professional to help design your most joyful space, don’t be shy… we’d be happy to help! We now offer organizational services to help you achieve the look without all of the work. Learn more.