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Like basements and attics, garages have a reputation for being a place things go, only to never be seen again. Whether it’s a box of old clothes or documents, the garage tends to be where we put things when we don’t know what else to do with them. Unfortunately, garage organization is all too often overlooked. 

But over time, these items start to pile up and before you know it, your garage is an organizational nightmare. Maybe you don’t even have room to store your vehicles in there anymore. But fear not! Today we’re going to share our ultimate guide to garage organization so you can get your space back on track. 

The Ultimate Guide to Garage Organization

So, before you set out organizing your garage, read through these tips and we bet you’ll come away with some great ideas for getting the job done! 

Give it time

It took more than an hour to get your garage into the state it’s in, so it’s going to take time to organize it. We recommend setting aside at least one weekend devoted just to garage organization. 

If this isn’t possible or you work better in smaller chunks, consider blocking out one or two hours on certain days of the week. Use this time to tackle specific areas or tasks and start making progress!

Create piles

If you have a lot of “stuff” to go through, create three separate piles for sorting them: Keep, Donate/Sell, Toss. You can even use sidewalk chalk to block off sections of your driveway for each of these piles! Some of the “keep” items will be more obvious than others. For example, things you regularly use or keepsakes you’ll never part with.

As for what to toss, donate, or sell during garage organization, this can be tougher. Rather than holding onto all of your keepsakes, could you take pictures of them to store them in a way that takes up way less space? 

Another good rule of thumb to follow for non-keepsake items is getting rid of anything you haven’t used in two years. Maybe it’s a bicycle your child has grown out of or a broken garden tool. Either way, anything that no longer serves a purpose is a smart choice for your toss/donate/or sell piles. 

Put things back strategically

You’ve done the hard work of sorting all of your belongings. Now it’s time to start putting them back, but in a whole new, organized way! You’ll find some unique garage storage solutions in this post, but here are a few more tips in the meantime. 

Labels: Before you put something away, make sure it’s in a container that’s clearly marked. That way, you’ll be able to find it without having to sort through everything you own and making a bigger mess!

Group similar things together: If your childhood sports trophies are items you’re determined to hold onto, doesn’t it make sense to keep them all together? The same goes for virtually any group of similar items, whether it’s small tools, toys, clothing, and beyond. Keep like items together and you’ll thank yourself later when you’re looking for them.

Consider your goals: Maybe the primary goal of your garage organization efforts is to finally be able to park your car in there again. Or maybe you just want easier access to your items. Either way, keep these goals at the front of your mind while you’re organizing your garage so you get the result you hope for. 

Now that we’ve covered three components of the garage organization process, let’s move onto some important garage storage safety information you should know.

Garage organization and storage safety

As much as they’re often treated like one, garages aren’t catch-alls for everything! There are several things that shouldn’t be stored in your garage and you could even be putting yourself or your family at risk by doing so.

What not to store in a garage

Here are some things to never store in your garage:

Propane tanks: Not only should they not be stored in your garage, propane tanks should never be stored indoors anywhere! They should only ever be stored in dry, open, and well-ventilated areas or they pose a massive fire risk. 

Food: Edible items, especially those not in secure packaging, are never a good idea to keep in the garage. They’re more prone to spoiling in these uncontrolled climates, and they also attract pests. 

Pet food: Another big draw for pests, it’s best not to keep pet food in your garage. 

Paper items: Unless they’re appropriately stored, paper items are best kept in your home instead of your garage. Roaches and other bugs love paper products, and they also pose a fire hazard. 

Photos: The fluctuating temperature and humidity in garages, attics, and basements mean these aren’t good spaces for storing precious photos. Instead, opt for climate-controlled areas of your home. 

Stay safe during garage organization

The garage organization process often involves moving big and heavy items. Taking on all of these tasks by yourself is not only tiring, but it can be dangerous to do alone. Enlist friends, family, or neighbors to help, or even consider hiring experts to help with the particularly heavy items. 

Professional garage organization and design

Speaking of bringing in the pros, it’s not only moving items that’s worth outsourcing! Consider outsourcing your garage organization and design process to professionals like the ones at Coastal Closets & Showers in Stuart, FL. 

It doesn’t matter the size of your garage–we can help no matter what. All garages have the potential to be organized and efficient! We have many affordable styles, designs and materials to get your garage back in tiptop order with room for everything.

Want to find out what we can do for your garage or other custom home spaces? Let’s talk! Click here to schedule a free, no obligation call with our team today. 

Or, browse our website for some garage design inspiration.

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