Reclaim Your Garage

By catherine | April 29, 2013

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Is your garage a catch-all that holds the items you don’t want in your house? Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Wrong! If your garage gets so out of control that you can’t park your car-the problem isn’t out of sight or mind. Does your garage look something like this?

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Image via all in a row

Ready to tackle the garage and reclaim it as a functioning space? Yes, it’s daunting. But the sense of accomplishment and peace of mind that will be yours after completing your garage organizing endeavor are worth it! Still not convinced it’s worth the work? Read this article. Did you know garages are the biggest fire hazard when firemen arrive? Yikes. Your garage clean out is worth the time and effort, especially when you could be putting your home at risk.

Soon, your garage will look more like this…

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First things first, decide what you want your space to be. Does your garage need to fit 2 cars? If not, what other functions will it serve? Will it hold a work bench and tools? Gardening storage? Holiday storage?

Make sure to consult with your family members that use the garage to decide on a realistic plan for the space. Remember: the space you have is finite. If your plan includes keeping all items currently in your garage but it’s full to the brim-you need to rethink the plan.

Now it’s time to get started! Pick a nice day, open the garage door so you can sort items in the driveway – and enlist the help of your family and friends!

  1. Make three piles. One large trash can, a recycling bin, and shopping bags for items to donate.
  2. Pull everything out – sort items you no longer need or use into their respective piles (trash, recycling, and donations)
  3. Double check the items you have chosen to keep – make sure you truly need them! Do you have 5 gardening shears when 2 will do?
  4. Schedule a pick up or drop off time to discard items to their respective locations.

Quick-Tip: Take old paints, expired gardening or pool chemicals here if you live in the Dallas area.

What is leftover needs to be strategically placed back into the garage. Determine how much space each category will take up. This process varies greatly based on individual needs. Space is tight in the garage so don’t forget to utilize wall and ceiling space for storage. Try these tool holders, bike hook, and ceiling mount.

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Image via Hisugarplum Blog

When the project is complete – don’t forget to reward yourself! Remember how we like to treat ourselves to a yummy dessert after a long day’s work in this post?

Now, enjoy your new space and appreciate the hard work you did to make it just the way you dreamed it could be!

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