5 Tips for Organizing the Garage for Fall

Fall is a good time to become more organized in your home.  As we spend more time inside with the colder weather, noticing items left in corners of rooms and items that really don’t have a place to live can become a look of clutter.  This can also happen more often in the garage.

The garage can be a catch all if not careful and mindful of being organized when entering and returning home for the day.  Instead of bringing items into the house and properly putting them where they belong, it’s easier to leave them in the garage for organizing later, like tomorrow.  For some of us, tomorrow never comes.  Although the intention is a good one, time somehow seems to never be on your side.  A recent move of our design studio has proven the garage to become just that, a catch all.  Never the intention but somehow it has happened.  The busy work schedule doesn’t allow enough time to organize.  Putting a time schedule on the project is a good way to rectify the problem to becoming more organized in your space.   Not only has it become a problem in the garage, but also flowing into the bathroom/mud room renovation project.  Decorating props such as pillows and artwork that doesn’t have a permanent home is temporarily hung by the laundry area on stripped walls waiting for a place to live. 

Here are a few ways to become more organized and focus on the task at hand.  Categorize items and where they should go.  Creating a plan for each item will make the organizing project go smooth.  Consider renting a storage unit for furnishings to be used later.  Doing this will free up space in the garage.  This will also allow your car to fit into the garage with that dreaded New England Nor’easter decides to land on your doorstep.  The next solution is to have a yard sale for the items that have no use to you anymore.  Doing this while the weather is cooperative is more desirable.  However, the use of the garage to conduct the yard sale can be called “garage sale”.  This will also eliminate the moving of items out of the garage, inviting buyers to enter creating less work for you.  Donating unwanted items to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvage Army, Goodwill and even your local boys and girls club is another way to eliminate items not needed.   Lastly, let it go.  Something we all have a hard time doing.  The “I will use this one day” thought is imbedded in our minds.  Who are we kidding, out of sight out of mind as they say, it’s time to throw it out.

Finding the time to commit to a large organizing project is usually the reason why the task never gets done.  By putting your organizing project on the calendar, you will be committed to becoming organized.

Tips to categorize items to become more organized

·        Schedule your organizing project

·        Storage Unit – Pod – Storage Shed

·        Yard Sale – Garage Sale

·        Donate – ReStore, Goodwill, Salvation Army, boys and girls club

·        Trash – throw it out