5 Fall Garage Organizing Tips

5 Fall Garage Organizing Tips

by Crystal Nerpel
Cloud Nine Organizing

Fall has arrived! By now, everyone has started dragging out the fall decorations and are planting chrysanthemums in the garden while still enjoying some Friday night lights.

I bet organizing the garage is not on your list of fun fall activities. Even so, this is the perfect time to get it done. The weather is beginning to cool down, so we won’t roast while we do outdoor chores. It’s time to roll up those sleeves and start decluttering the garage.

Here are a few tips to help you whip your garage into shape:

Only keep what you use.
Decluttering is going to make the biggest impact on your garage space. Get rid of anything that is broken or no longer useful to you. Consider selling or donating any items that have duplicates.

Get as much off the floor as possible.
Especially, if you plan on parking your car in the garage. If you already park your car in the garage, it’s nice not to trip on anything as you head into the house. Adding wall-mounted hooks, pegboards and shelving can be a quick fix.

Choose sturdy storage bins.
When looking for storage options, keep in mind that plastic storage bins hold up better against moisture and mildew than cardboard boxes. Some plastic bins are designed to interlock when stacking, making them more stable than cardboard and less likely to get crushed.

Label everything.
Labeling is always important. It helps you find what you are looking for and reminds you where to put things when you are done using them. You can simply write labels on masking tape, use printer labels, or get a fancy label maker machine. It doesn’t matter how you label, just make sure you do it. Labeling will make life easier. I promise!

Create zones.
Always group like-items together and keep those items in their designated zones. Again, this will help you quickly find what you are looking for and remind you where things belong when you are done using them. An example is to use blue or green painter’s tape to outline “parking spots” for bicycles, scooters, and even the lawn mower. Park those bulky items where they belong and out of the way.

A good rule of thumb is to declutter and organize the garage at the change of every season. This means that at least four times a year your garage will be getting some much needed TLC. On a weekly basis, sweep the floors and do some spot cleaning just like you would do for the rest of your home. Treat your garage like it’s part of your house. Because it is!

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