It is the perfect time of year for clearing out that garage, so let’s create a strategy to make it happen. Once there is a plan and a system in place for the sorting process, the organizing project becomes a reality.
If you have always wanted a functioning garage, here are some tips on how to get organized:
- Use a large surface such as the lawn or driveway to sort your things.
- Create large signs or labels for your categories such as garbage, recycling, charity, decorations, tools, gardening, and so on.
- Have the following supplies on hand: a sheet to cover the ground; green garbage bags for trash; clear bags for giveaways or storage; recycling bags and bins; a variety of midsize cardboard boxes for either garbage, donations or storage; sharpie markers & masking tape for labelling; clear stackable bins for storing items; a pegboard for organizing tools; strong plastic five-tier shelving unit for maximizing vertical space; and wall hooks (variety of sizes).
- Pull out one item at a time, and sort it. Continue until the garage is empty.
- Clean the empty garage.
- Place shelving units, pegboards and stacked bins first, followed by large pieces, such as furniture.
- Assemble and place shelving in an accessible area; load with sorted items.
- Install pegboard with hooks and hang tools.
Brenda Borenstein is your professional organizing guru. Look for her column every second Thursday. For more tips and ideas, visit www.organizedzone.comor call 416-665-2165. Brenda has organized hundreds of homes and says, "There is nothing I haven’t seen and nothing that can’t be overcome."