Even people who have very organized homes often neglect two important areas – the car and the garage. It can seem overwhelming to organize the garage; these tips will make the process easier. The average American spends 10 to 15 weeks a year in the car; it’s worth spending a little time to organize your ride.
Keep in mind the purpose of the garage
The garage’s main function is to store CARS! Your car is one of your most valuable possessions. Keeping the car in the garage will help protect it from damage and wear and tear from winter storms, falling debris in autumn, and summer heat and sun. If your garage is too cluttered to park your car inside, it’s time to clear it out.
Don’t use the garage as a dumping ground
Many people use the garage as a half-way house for items they don’t want to keep, but aren’t quite ready to let go of. This is a recipe for clutter – old toys, equipment and boxes pile up. Chances are slim that you’ll ever fix anything that’s broken in the garage; get rid of it. Donate or throw away anything in the garage that you don’t actually use.
Use hooks and shelves to make room for the car
Use your garage walls to store everything from sports equipment to tools to gardening supplies. You’ll be able to easily see what you have and park the car. The garage is a great place to test your DIY skills since it doesn’t matter if your shelves don’t hang exactly straight and your hooks aren’t mounted perfectly. Guests will never see your handiwork; function, not form is the main goal. You can also use inexpensive free standing metal or plastic shelving to create more storage space.
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Don’t put a cluttered car in your organized garage!
The car usually gets cluttered with items that actually belong in the house. Bring an empty laundry basket out to your car and gather everything that shouldn’t be in the car. Take along a garbage bag to collect any trash that’s on the floor and under the seats.
Determine what items you want to keep your car
Safety first: get an emergency kit for your trunk and make sure you’ve got jumper cables and a spare tire. Then stock your car with things that will make drive time more pleasant. Get your favorite CDs, some books and games for the kids to play with in the back seat, a box of tissues, some non-perishable snacks…
Watch this video for ideas on what to store in your car’s trunk
Invest in some car organization products
Since the car is a small space, and you want to insure that items are stored securely, it can be worth it to get organization products that are specifically made for the car. There are a variety of nifty organizers that fit on the visor, in between the front seats, on the back of the seats and in the trunk. These will keep items orderly and accessible. A car trash bin will keep your vehicle neat.
Take some time to try out these tips and you will be good to go!Garage and Car Organization Tips by Lisa Zaslow