Garages are great for extra space, but are breeding grounds for hording and disorganization. Oftentimes, we simply ‘stick it in the garage’ and forget about ‘it.’ And, the longer you procrastinate, the more junk will accumulate! Turn your garage into a pristine, organized hub, with the tips from the experts at MyDriverLicenses.org.
Sort Your Belongings
If you are moving into a brand new home, hooray! You are probably way ahead of the game, since you have – at the very least – begun your sorting process by formerly packing and labeling your garage items. If not, you may be looking at a rough road ahead. If you have years’ worth of junk piled up in your garage, save the date of a long weekend to dedicate to this process. A good benchmark is three full days to simply sort through a garage of belongings.
To start the sorting, make three piles: ‘keep,’ ‘dump’ and ‘donate.’ If you cannot physically sort in your garage, you might want to employ the assistance of family members or friends to help you transport and sort somewhere spacious in your home. The experts at MyDriverLicenses.org recommend a flat cash gratuity for your helpers or first-pick through the dump and donate piles as compensation.
Donate What You Can
Even though organizing your garage is a colossal undertaking, there is a silver lining – besides the clean, end-result. By designating a pile of your old and unwanted possessions to donate, you can easily help someone else – or many people – in need. Think about nearby homeless shelters and women’s centers that can put your old things to good use. Here, the age-old saying applies: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Purchase Proper Storage Containers
Once you are good and sorted, the next step is to go shopping! Now, don’t get excited, because it is not for more stuff. It is for bins, cabinets, drawers, shelves, structures and other organizational items that are going to keep your things in order. Depending on your budget, your options can include places like Walmart, Target and the Container Store. Another favorite is Bed, Bath & Beyond, where you can use expired coupons to your heart’s content. Be sure to keep all of your receipts, because if you over-buy, you can always return the extra containers you don’t need.
Blueprint and Structure Your Plan
If your garage has decent wall space, consider installing shelving, so that you can make the most out of your storage. Whether you want to hang shelves or build a massive main structure, you should take measurements beforehand. The experts at MyDriverLicenses.org also recommend sitting down for a few minutes to sketch out a blueprint. You don’t have to be a certified architect to map out your plan. Just draw a sketch and be sure to get your math right, so you can account for your space before you begin to fill it. If you plan on hosting a vehicle in your garage, it is of utmost importance to account for this space, as it is likely a decent amount. Make sure to designate an empty space or a specific bin to new things that you will accumulate, so you have no excuses for clutter when you have new additions to store.
Develop a Maintenance Plan
Once you have packed up your well-sorted belongings in your storage containers and have stacked and organized everything safely and securely, your next step is to create a maintenance calendar. The team at MyDriverLicenses.org recommends doing a seasonal maintenance on your garage, which is equal to four times annually. Set an alert in your calendar up to a week before the due date, so you can find the time to get everything out of place back in order. The more regularly you keep up with maintenance, the less clutter you will have to deal with.