National Garage Organizing Month Tip
No matter how hard you try, it seems like it’s impossible to stop clutter from piling up in your garage. It’s one of the most trafficked areas of the average American home and as such it can end up as storage space for objects that don’t really have any other place. April is National Garage Organization month, and we want this to be the year that you finally beat the garage clutter. So, whether you’re still working on your spring cleaning or just want to make sure you can easily get to everything you need this spring and summer, here are our favorite garage organizing tips:
- Set some goals. Before you even enter the garage, make a list of what you want to accomplish, figure out the best way to do it and decide if there’s any other equipment you’ll need to get it done. Maybe you just want to make all your summer gear easily accessible. Or maybe this is the year you finally organize all your husband’s tools. Figure out the most efficient way to tackle your project, then set aside an afternoon or a day when you can devote all your attention to it and knock it out.
- Throw out as you go. We’ve all come across something while we’re cleaning and organizing and thought, “do I really need this? Oh well, I’ll figure it out later!” And then we put it back in the cabinet and it sits there for another year, taking up space. This year, when you come across that useless item, put it aside. After you’re done, look through all the items you’ve put aside and decide if they have any value or not. If they do, donate them to your church (many have spring garage sales) or a charity like Goodwill or if you have enough, hold a garage sale of your own. If not, throw it away.
- Relocate some things: many people keep things like paint in their garage. However, the intense temperature fluctuations that garages often experience can ruin paints of any kind. It’s best to find another place with a more stable temperate to store paint. Other things that should not be stored in your garage include: propane tanks, wooden furniture, food and beverages and anything that can be damaged by moisture, like cardboard or paper documents.
- Create zones. This is especially important if your family is competing for space in the garage. Maybe mom needs a space to keep all of her pots, soil and gardening tools in easy access, dad needs a space for all of his camping and fishing gear and the kids need a place to put all their sports equipment. Rather than tossing all of it into one large cabinet and fighting over it later, give each need its designated place. Consider installing new cabinets or storage space if you need more room to separate everyone’s things.
- Get it off the floor. If you keep your car(s) in your garage, then you know floor space is at a premium. You can make more room for yourself and decrease the risk of scratching or denting your vehicle by moving as much as possible off the floor. Bikes can be moved off the floor and onto the walls with bike hooks and you can install wall hooks or baskets for any kind of sports equipment to keep it off the floor as well. Also, make sure to take advantage of the ceiling. You can install hooks on the ceiling to hang a variety of equipment from or install rails that can support storage boxes.
We hope these tips help you stay organized all season long. If you have any questions about what the team at Discount Garage Door can do for you, give your local garage door installation and repair experts a call. In the greater Tulsa area—including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Sand Springs, Bartlesville and more—you can call us at (918) 234-3667. In the Oklahoma City area, you can call us at (405) 525-3667. In Southern OKC—including Moore, Norman and more—call (405) 848-6700. In Edmond or Stillwater, call (405) 348-2000. Find us on social media—we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also go to the “free quote” section on our website to get started on an estimate today!