Mistakes to Avoid When Organizing a Garage

Organizing your garage might be a multi-day project, depending on the state you left it in. If you go in with a plan and the right tools, though, you can cut the time down. Whether you’re doing a deep clean or just getting rid of the stuff you don’t need anymore, organizing your garage doesn’t need to be hard. Here are some of the most common avoidable mistakes when organizing a garage in Cherokee County, GA:

  • Not having the right storage tools: When you’re tackling a big project like a garage, you need to have the right storage solutions, as well as garbage and recycling bins handy. (For truly messy garages, you may want to rent a dumpster.) Once you know what you have to work with, you can figure out exactly what kind of shelving, bins, hooks and other gear you’ll need to whip your garage into shape.
  • Not spreading everything out first: Part of an organization project—and getting the right type of storage—is first figuring out exactly what you have. Marie Kondo was onto something when she suggested people spread out their belongings and group them into piles before starting. That’s the best way to find out that you have six baseball bats—and then you can decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • Forgetting to make a plan: Don’t make the mistake of failing to make a plan. Once all your gear is spread out and grouped according to category, you will need to decide how you’re going to store everything you plan to keep. Think creatively when it comes to storage. What needs shelving and drawers? What has to be stored on the ground, and what can be hung? How much space will you need for your vehicles? It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it will make organization and storage a lot easier.
  • Failing to use wall space: Don’t forget your wall space! Instead of stacking boxes or storage bins on the ground, why not hang or shelve what you can? Vertical storage is great for tools, bikes and more.
  • Hanging on to old items: It’s hard to get rid of stuff, especially if it has sentimental value attached. On the other hand, do you really still need roller hockey gear from your kid’s last game in 2005? Probably not. You don’t have to get rid of everything you don’t use, but you should critically evaluate what you really will use versus what could be sold or donated to make another family happy. Be realistic—are you really planning on using that jigsaw?
  • Failing to make your most-used items handy: Finally, the hardest part about getting organized is staying organized—especially if you have to dig for your everyday gear. When making a plan for your garage, make sure you determine what you use the most, and make sure your storage solutions allow you to keep these items within easy reach.

To learn better ways to organize your garage in Cherokee County, GA, reach out to Marie’s Cleaning Service today.

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