Earlier this month, we talked about how to start off organizing your garage space. A garage in disarray is something most have to deal with every now and again. Whether it’s because we lack a plan to stay organized, or we’re just not currently equipped to utilize our space to the fullest. We went over the easiest way to sort through your items, including sorting everything into categories of intended use. Now that you’ve visualized your items, and mentally begun “zoning” or our garage space, it’s time to make those zones a reality.
Is It Easy to Reach?
As you continue to think about your space, remember to keep in mind what items you might need quick access to. For instance, if there are gardening tools, or trash bins, that you use frequently during the week, keep those closest to your garage doors.
On the other hand, items that you often use inside your home, or need to quickly grab on your way out the door, but still don’t want to keep stored inside, should be kept right by the entryway from your garage to your home.
Decide On Storage Systems
You may already have an idea of what your ideal storage would look like in your garage. This could be as simple as hooks, containers, and basic shelving. However, a newly cleaned garage is the perfect time to think about going beyond the basics. You may notice that you have several large items that are ripe for storage units that hang from the ceiling, or wall track systems that allow for various attachments that can change as you see fit.
Map Out Your Space
You may know exactly where you want your items to go visually, but it’s a good idea to make a mockup of your garage. The mockup doesn’t have to be fancy, it can literally be as quick and easy as drawing a rough sketch of your garage space, mapping out the exact area that items will be placed. Include in this sketch any designated wall space as well as the floor. Your sketch may not work out perfectly, but it will give you a better idea of what will eventually go where and how much space it might take up.
Make It Happen!
The final step is, of course, making it happen. Work off of your plan and reclaim the space in your garage. Obviously, purchasing and setting up large storage systems can take some time. Add on to that the time it will take to put your items away. If a few full days of organizing isn’t a possibility, give yourself a few hours here and there. Try not to get too caught up in perfecting your organizing systems right off the bat. Things may change, and you may find you need to tweak your system, or zones to better convenience yourself. However, keep a picture of the end results in your mind! An organized, roomy garage that once again belongs to you and not your belongings.