Spring and Fall are the best times to clean garages out. There are neighborhood clean-ups, which makes disposing of larger items much easier.
I recommend setting aside an entire weekend day (or weekend depending on the size of your garage) and get the whole family on board.
Here are my steps for getting a garage organized:
- Move everything out of the garage into the driveway. Yep, everything.
- Start with the bigger lawn tools (mower, snowblower, shovels, etc.).
- Group like things together as you go.
- Decide what stays and what goes. This is one of the easier categories to purge because there are fewer sentimental items. The purpose of a garage item is usually pretty clear.
- Stray away from having multiples unless it’s absolutely necessary. For example, snow shovels, gardening trowels, buckets for moving dirt or fertilizer, gardening gloves, hand clippers.
- As you edit put items in a donate or discard pile.
- Group like things together.
- Do this in the driveway. Start to create piles of similar items. This will help you put things back in new homes.
- Put things back starting with the big items first.
- Hang the following items:
- Give a clear, designated spot for these items. These need to be super easy to access (flip flop the location of the snow blower and mower as the seasons change):
- Use shelves!
- This is the one investment I would encourage you to make when organizing your garage. Invest in a few shelves for all other garage items. If you or your spouse is pretty handy, then you can build these shelves as well.