By organizing your garage you make a more enjoyable and also safer space for the entire family to use. If you are finding that your garage has turned into a place for all the extra junk to be thrown let us show you how it can be an efficient area to keep everything from sports gear and toys to tools and lawn equipment. Follow the 6 steps below and we promise that you will find that your mess has now become a safe and organized part of your home.
1) Move it out!
Begin this process by taking every item out of your garage. It will be tempting to leave the stuff in the corner or the stuff that you know you will keep but that’s not the point. You need to move everything out so that you get a good idea of how much space you really have and how nice it would be to keep as much of that as possible. It also allows you to take inventory of every item you have and begin to develop and idea of what your new storage plan and layout will be.
2) Sort it all
The best way you can clear out the clutter is by sorting through all of your items. When sorting make sure that you have distinct areas to place items to keep, donate, sell, or trash. You are going to have to make some hard decisions but a good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in over a year you probably don’t need it. Also remember that not everything needs to be sentimental this is a good way to justify not wanting to get rid of something but remember that it’s the memory not the object that you need to hold onto. Once its sorted take the pile of items where it needs to go and don’t look back. If its trash get it to the landfill that day!
3) Paint and Clean
This is probably the first time since you moved in that your garage has been empty so take this opportunity to do a deep clean and clear out all the cobwebs. You could consider adding sheet rock to the walls or even painting the floor to give a finished look. Specialized coatings can be used to improve how weather proof your floor is. This alone can have a big impact on how you garage by giving it a new refreshing look.
4) Plan it out
Take advantage of the clean slate you are starting with by planning your storage based on how much you use the items. Items with the most use need to be the most accessible. We can help you make the most of every square foot of space in your garage by providing slanted wall systems and shelving. Also remember to group items to keep them organized and accessible.
5) Place it
This is when the fun starts! You can now start installing your storage racks, shelves, and cabinets. If this seems outside of your DIY capabilities you can work with a team like Top Shelf Closet and we will design, build, and install your garage storage system for a clean professional look. By involving us from the start we can ensure that you will have the right amount of drawers, shelves and cabinets to organize all the items in your garage. You will no longer cringe when thinking of trying to find the extension cord after our systems are in place and we think you will fall in love with the space all over again.
6) Maintain it
Step 6 is the simplest to say and explain but in the real world it is the hardest to execute. Remember all the work it took to clean and organize you space and make sure that you keep it that way so that you don’t have to do the work again. This is where many homeowners slip and we feel by partnering with us we can help you put systems in place to keep this from happening. When you go through the process with a professional and building a custom solution you are more likely to maintain the area. This will keep the sleek, contemporary look your system was designed for and this will motivate you to keep it that way for the long term.
If you feel that its time to take back your garage remember that you don’t have to do it on your own. At Top Shelf Closet we will give you a free evaluation of the space and help you to design a garage storage system custom tailored to your needs. There is a garage organization solution that is a perfect fit for you and your family so regardless of your current situation give us a call so that we can get started!