Summer is in full swing here on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and that means more time for fun and less time for cleaning and organizing your home. Like many homeowners in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Port Charlotte area, you might be experiencing garage clutter as a result of all the activity. More Space Place is here to help! Below you’ll find how to declutter and organize your garage in five easy steps.
1. Recruit Family Members Or Friends
First, make sure you don’t have to take on this project alone. Making it a family project or offering a few close friends dinner in exchange for their help will significantly speed up the process. Give each person a task to help make the job as efficient as possible.
2. Separate Your Items
Designate three different areas for all of your items–keep, donate, throw away. Go through everything and decide what you want to keep and what you don’t. If your garage is extremely cluttered, don’t be afraid to be aggressive in the “donate” and “throw away” areas. You likely won’t miss a lot of this stuff when it’s gone. If you want to collect things for a garage sale, make a fourth “sell” category.
3. Organize The “Keep” Pile
Now that you’ve narrowed down the items you’ll be keeping, it’s time to figure out where to put everything. Separate your items into related categories. Useful ways to do this include organizing things based on how frequently they’re used, and items that are used together. This will allow you to find what you need when you need it, and make sure your regularly used items are easily accessible.
4. Hang Bulky Items
One common problem in garage organization is finding a place to store the bulkier items so they won’t be in the way or take up valuable floor space. This is where the walls and ceilings come in handy. These larger items, such as bikes and kayaks, can hang from hooks on the ceiling or the walls. For those items you use less often, employ the ceiling. Many people in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte areas like to use the wall for bikes if they use them more often. That way they’re much easier to access and put away.
5. Keep It Clean!
Once you’ve got everything cleaned and organized, do your best to keep it that way. You’ll be happier with your space, and you won’t have to do the big clean again anytime soon. If you’re ready to go further and create a custom garage storage system for all your items, contact the experts at More Space Place today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations.