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Garage Organization Ideas

Find helpful tips and ideas for garage organization and storage that also apply to a self storage unit. Perform a do-it-yourself garage makeover and organize your garage for better seasonal storage, car storage, and for quick access to your belongings.

How To Organize Your Garage

  • 1

    Empty Garage

    • Pick a day with no rain in the forecast for the entire day (or weekend).
    • Identify one side of the driveway or lawn for items which are not returning to the garage such as Trash, Recycle, Donate, belongs to an aunt, etc. For these you need heavy duty trash bags and boxes.
    • The other side of the driveway will be for sorting items you will keep in the garage. Make cardboard signs for different categories such as Car, Garden, Lawn, Sports, Toys, Grill, Outdoor, Workbench, etc.
    • Create an area for items you want to keep long term, but don't need now. These could go to off-site storage.
  • 2

    Install New Storage Systems

    • Sweep. Wash out grease stains with a strong detergent. And, if you are going to paint, it's now or never. Ask your paint store for a water-based concrete paint for the floor.
    • Measure your space, and measure what you want to store there. Go shopping for the right storage solutions. Take all your measurements with you! Use the walls as much as possible.
  • 3

    Put Everything Back

    • Think about the categories of the items you are keeping (Car, Garden, Lawn, etc.) and the best place for them.
    • Remember to put all toxic chemicals up high for pet and child safety.
    • Use clear bins for small items and label any containers which are not see-through.
  • 4

    Relocate Unwanted Items

    ASAP! Remove the items in the piles for Trash, Donate, Recycle, and Return. Take them to their new homes or store off-site.

These tips come courtesy of Farmington Valley Organizing, a professional organizer in Connecticut.