Has winter left its mark on the condition of your garage?
A little work in the spring with an additional tweaking in the fall will make all the difference in how you feel about entering this space.
Begin by pulling out all large items or anything that is stored on the ground into the driveway. Next, pull out all winter items, such as sleds, skis, etc. Assess the condition of all items and group into categories of “to keep”, to donate”, “to recycle” or “to sell”. Employ the same process with all other items still left inside the garage.
Clean out the garage by sweeping and hosing out any salt residue, wiping counters and washing windows.
Now it’s time to organize the “keepers” back into the garage. Be sure to think about where items would be best stored.
– Keep all garden tools together in one common area – could you hang the larger items on the wall?
– Smaller (like) items could be stored together in labeled plastic storage containers.
– Frequently used items should be stored at eyelevel and within easy reach.
– Your out of season items should be stored on a higher shelf or in the basement to make room for the current season’s tools and toys if space is an issue.
Open shelving works fine, however tends to look cluttered if not maintained on a regular basis. Metal cabinets with doors make for a cleaner, more streamlined look (like the picture below). Be sure to measure your available space and think about how much you have to store before purchasing any new organizational storage .
A small amount of time, twice a year is a worthwhile investment for your home and your enjoyment. Less stress looking for things, less anxiety looking at clutter.