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How to Organize Your Garage in No Time

Updated on January 1, 2012
Photo taken by mtneer_man
Photo taken by mtneer_man

Time for Business!

One of the biggest issues we come across when we want to organize our garage is the overwhelming amount of things we have accumulated over the years. Every now and then we might have a sudden urge to organize this clutter by clearing out the unnecessary, but then hesitate in case the things we throw away becomes needed in the near future or we think about the hard work required to lift everything reminding us of big bicep exercises we used to do years back.

By organizing your garage, you won't have to throw away things, instead simply making it more accessible and structured. This task might be very daunting at first, but it easier than you think if you just take one step at a time and in no time you will have organized your garage!

But You Said I Don't Need to Throw Anything Away?

1. Go through all the clutter and throw away broken items. This doesn't mean throwing away unnecessary items which still holds value, simply rubbish items such as packaging or old files.

2. Instead of throwing away things, holding a garage sale or donating excess items are great ideas and will benefit all parties involved.

Putting Everything Together

3. Now that you have an idea of the final amount of things you will need to organize in your garage, group things together which should be stored together such as hammers, nails, bolts in one lot and in another lot tennis rackets, gold clubs, baseball bats.

4. You could use large plastic bins or bins, or free boxes from the supermarket to divide the items into their groups.

5. If you have enough shelving and cabinet spaces then you can skip this step. Or else consider installing extra shelves. Use the full space of your garage, including the vertical spaces of your walls. Things can be hung on hooks on walls instead of using up precious floor space. High ceiling shelves are able to store a great amount of items and yet not get in the way of your car or people walking around.

It's Still Not Enough Space?

6. As a last resort, installing a shed is a great idea. They are actually quite cheap if you erect it yourself by simply buying metal sheets, wood planks or vinyl. This shed can hold all the garden tools and items such as compost or petrol related. This not only makes it easier to access when you out in the garden but also removes the hazardous items from your garage to outside your house into a shed.


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    • minnow profile image

      minnow 7 years ago from Seattle

      great hub! I am always in the process of refining and winnowing out my family's possessions and I am thinking about tackling my garage next, in hopes of finding my gardening gloves. I really like your photograph!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I also like the idea of keeping gas and other flammables in a garden shed. Useful hub.

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      belliott 7 years ago

      Great ideas. I like the thought of a garden shed by the garden for the tools and gas for mowers and tillers, etc. Less of a fire hazard for your home or barn and handy as well.