Many homeowners are so overwhelmed with simply the thought of cleaning out the garage that it remains in disarray for years. Here's how to reclaim your garage in only one weekend, by using this simple three-step program.
1. Sort and Clean
Sift through all the items in your garage and sort them into categories such as garden tools, sports equipment, tools, holiday decorations, cleaners, paint, items to sell/donate and, finally, trash. If you've been thinking of a new surface for your garage floor , now would be the time to do it.
2. Install an Organizational System
Measure the space you have available for storage and install an easy-to-erect shelving or storage system. Mr. Handyman can assist in the assembly of all storage systems.
3. Organize, Hang and Put Away
Now that your organizational system is in place , it's time to organize, hang and put things away. Plan to store frequently used items closest to the garage's point-of-entry door. Affix wall hooks and hang all those garden tools that once cluttered the garage floor. Bulky items such as lawnmowers and snow blowers can be stored beneath the items hanging from the wall. Store like items in bins that fit your shelving unit. Consider overhead storage racks which can hold a surprising amount of weight to create new storage space. Store infrequently used items, such as holiday decorations, up high or in a back corner. If you follow steps 1, 2 and 3, by Sunday afternoon you just may be able to park your car in the garage.
This article is part of the Garage Organization Ideas series. Read more for more garage organization tips from Mr. Handyman.