Let's get real, for a minute. Can you find anything in your garage? Sure, there's a ton of stuff in there, but can you find your adjustable wrench when you really need it or do you just go out and buy a new one? Garage organization is on everyone's to-do list, but it's always the one job that gets pushed to next weekend. It's time to stop the procrastination and get it done. Believe me; you will thank yourself the next time you need to find a tool in quick fashion!
If you're like me, you slowly open the garage door and peek inside for fear that a poorly put away shovel may strike without warning, but be brave, just go in! As you enter the disorganized chaos, the first thing you will have to do is remove all of the junk. Clear out the garbage and debris so you can see exactly what's causing the real mess – all of your stuff!
Throw open the garage door and let the breeze in. Next, start taking the larger items out of your garage like your lawnmower or other yard tools and supplies. Clear away the floor as much as possible so you can at least move around more easily.
Now, take a long hard look at what you have to work with. If you have shelves, tables or attic storage, take note and decide where your stuff should be placed. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Which tools do I use the most?
- Which tools do I rarely touch?
- Which tools do I need quickly when I do need them?
- Do I really need that box of moldy, damp magazines?
Your job here is going to arrange your garage to be as convenient to your needs as possible. Assign sections of your garage to house certain items. For instance, keep all of your lawn tools in one corner or along one section of wall. This means that the pruners, the rakes, your lawn gloves and anything else you use in the yard should be in this area. Likewise, keep a section solely devoted to your hand tools like screwdrivers, wrenches and the sort. Why would you want your electric hand drill being stored in the same location as your hoses anyway? It's like that old tune by The Offspring, "You've gotta keep 'em separated!"
Condense your items so they take as little space as possible. If you did suffer from buyanewtoolitis at one time, donate some of your older ones to a youth center or church, or sell them outright on eBay or Craigslist. You don't really need eleven cordless drills, do you?
As you begin to get the items in your garage assigned to their proper area, you will begin seeing your garage becoming cleaner, more organized and better suited to your needs.
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Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.