If you read the article on organizing a kitchen then you will notice how organizing a
garage has the same principles.
Tip 1: Start with a goal for your garage. For instance, a continually cleared off
workbench ready for you to step up to (because there are no piles in front of it on the
floor) and park at least one car in the garage.
Tip 2: The Sorting begins with you going through every drawer, cabinet, and shelf and
floor to see what you need to keep and use.
Tip 3: After the sorting is done the key to really get organized is how you arrange what
you truly need and use.
Tip 4: Think in terms of grouping like things. A peg board on the wall behind the
workbench can hold almost all the hand tools you need to use for any repair or project.
There are even bins with clear little drawers to hold screws and nuts and bolts. Or
holders for drills and hammers. Group recreational gear and summer patio items and
then have a section for gardening.
Tip 5: Other groupings include all the paints, plumbing, electrical, tools for tile work
along with the grout mixes, large pieces of equipment like chain saws, the saws-all can
be grouped and placed on lower portion of a shelf due to weight or in a cabinet.
Tip 6: Remain focused on what is needed and use and let go of items no longer
needed or used but could be wanted by others. I have seen bags of screws and nuts
and bolts sold at pawn shops or given to thrift stores that sell garage items. Some men
take tools on mission trips to use for projects and then leave behind for further use. You
might even donate to a church that gives in this way.
Tip 7: Racks attached to the ceiling will hold items in tubs that are only used yearly or
so like holiday decorations.
Tip 8: If two cars are being parked in the garage, stainless steel racks on wheels
placed between the parked cars can hold tubs of emergency food, or summer swim
items and sand box tools. Rubber bumpers can be place on the racks to prevent
scratching the doors.
Tip 9: Snowboards during our sons’ teen years were a problem in our tight garage so
we put bungie cord straps on the ceiling; so we strapped the snowboards on the ceiling
with the boots locked in place.
Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson
Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.
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