Garages are a great way to give your home some much needed storage. However, most of us use our garages as a dumping ground for clutter and debris. If you’re looking to turn a new leaf and get your garage organized, here’s how.

1. Declutter

Although only 5% of the population are defined as ‘hoarders’, most of us tend to hold on to items in our garage for far longer than we should!

The first step to having a garage your neighbors will envy is getting rid of everything you don’t need. Group your unused items together and either sell, donate or recycle them.

By doing this, you’ll be able to make space for items that you use on a daily basis. What’s more, with living costs hitting a 30-year high, there’s no better time to make some money from your unwanted items!

2. Think about storage

Once you’ve decluttered, the next step is thinking about storage solutions. Implementing storage into your garage or building outdoor storage will help you to better store all your items, making use of the space. By using storage bins, you can separate out different equipment like tools or screws, helping you to access them more easily when they need to be used.

If you want to go the extra mile, it’s a good idea to invest in some open shelving too. More affordable than closed shelving, you can pick up some heavy-duty shelving units relatively cheaply. Rather than piling everything on the floor, shelves make use of all the available vertical space. With the space you’ve saved, you may even have room for your very own workshop!

3. Cleaning and maintenance

A dirty garage is more likely to make your garage look disorganized, even if it isn’t. One way to ensure your garage looks spic and span is by using a broom to clean out any dust and debris. You should also rinse the floor and dust the shelves to keep everything in good condition.

4. Upgrade your lighting

Have you ever found yourself hunting through the garage after dark, only to leave without the item you went in to collect?

Even if your garage is incredibly organized, if you can’t see the shelves, then you’ll need to install some lighting! If you can, installing fluorescent fixtures can work wonders for keeping your garage illuminated. To keep energy bills down, it’s best to opt for LEDs where you can from enclosed patios to backyards.

Final thoughts…

Although organizing your garage can seem daunting, it’s important that you do. Not only will you free up valuable space and be able to access what you have, but by decluttering you can also make a few pennies too.

Now there’s only one thing left to say: good luck!

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