Storage Area Mission #1: The Garage

Filed under: Monthly Missions,Storage Areas — Colleen at 12:07 pm on Sunday, April 5, 2009

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With the weather starting to change, now is a great time to regain control of your garage.

If you park in your garage, this may not be a difficult space to organize in a week. However, if your garage has essentially become a shed, use this week to come up with a better plan for your garage and challenge yourself to see how much you can accomplish. (If you don’t own a garage, take this week to organize the areas of you home where you store items like gardening supplies, tools, outdoor toys, camping gear, or sports equipment. Or assess your storage areas and work on the biggest problem area.)

  • Tasks
    • QUICK PURGE: Set a timer for 15 minutes and do a quick purge. Remove anything from the are that is trash, can be donated, or can be relocated to another area/person.
    • CATEGORIZE: Organize your belongings into categories. Pretend your garage is a department store. Where would the item be found? In the gardening department? In the tool area? With sports equipment? Use a discerning eye. Toss or donate anything you don’t need, don’t expect to use, don’t like, or have duplicates of.
    • ASSESS STORAGE: If you have piles of belongings on the floor and nothing on the walls, invest in vertical storage. Consider sturdy shelves or peg boards. Use bins to hold like items. (See if your dollar store has plastic dishpans or shoe boxes- they work well!)
    • LABEL: Once you assign everything a home, label your bins and shelves. Labeling ensures that all the members of your household can maintain your now organized garage

Completely overwhelmed?

  • Decrease the clutter over-stimulation by covering up your disorganized areas with sheets or dropcloths. Work on one area at a time.
  • Enlist the help of a friend or a professional organizer. Two can get the job done faster and more efficiently!

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Comment by Pat L.

April 4, 2006 @ 11:11 am

I just visited your website for the first time and I now feel motivated to get to work on my garage. I like your systematic and logical approach to getting the job done. My garage is organized in that it has certain areas for certain things but each area is overly cluttered with things I no longer use. After purging for 15 minutes, I am amazed at the progress I’ve made in such a short time.I still need to get rid of all the unwanted items, but thankfully
tomorrow is trash pick-up day.

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