The garage found in most homes has a tendency to look a little cluttered. You may not even realize how much clutter you accumulated over the years until you desperately need to find a tool or a box of holiday decorations buried under a mountain of junk. While you might think that cleaning and organizing your garage will take weeks or more time than you have, you can actually take care of that space in just a few easy steps. Organize your garage to make finding everything you need a snap.
Say Goodbye to Junk
Many garages look cluttered because homeowners have a hard time getting rid of junk. Now is a good time to cut back on the amount of things you have and to give yourself some more storage space. Divide the garage into several separate sections, and make time to go through at least one section every week. If you haven't used something in the last year, or you think you will not use it within the next year, get rid of it. You can donate or give away everything from decorations to kids' toys.
Sort and Store
Sorting and storing is the next step. As you clean and decide what to keep, group like items together. This is especially important if you find tools or supplies hidden beneath piles of old toys or clothing. Do you have a lawn mower on one side of the garage, your gardening tools hidden on a back wall and your pesticides on a completely different shelf? You need to store all like items together, which makes it easier to find exactly what you need. Even putting those items together in small piles or cardboard boxes can help you better organize your garage.
Use Organizational Tools
When it comes time to find space for all your belongings, organizational tools can come in handy. Use toolbox casters on a heavy duty toolbox that typically stays in one place all the time. Putting casters on the bottom of heavy metal shelving can help you move those shelves around your garage when needed. A simple pegboard and some hooks is another way you can organize your garage. Use the hooks to hang hand tools and other supplies that you use regularly. Getting your garage organized is something you can easily do one step at a time.