How to Organize Your Garage:
Before you focus on how to organize your garage (or any room, for that
matter!), it's so important to declutter
In my opinion, organizing
clearing out the clutter is like waxing the car before you have
In other words, it just doesn't make sense.
In fact, when you clear
out the clutter first, organizing is pretty
So get on some clothes you don't mind getting dirty, roll up your
sleeves, and let's figure out how to organize your garage.
before you even start going through all of those dusty boxes, decide
what you will do with the stuff you decide you aren't going to keep.
Will you be donating items, selling them, having a garage
sale, or throwing them? Or maybe a combination of all of the above?
When you have decided up front what you will do with things you'll be
getting rid of, you will also be less likely to get stuck
half-way through and get frustrated and overwhelmed.
of the stuff that people store in their garage ends up there because
they don't know what else to do with it. They aren't using most of that
stuff regularly, otherwise it would likely be in the house, playing an
active part of their lives.
Things that legitimately have a home in the garage are:
- your CAR :)
- tools (that you actually use)
- parts for the cars (the ones that you currently own, not
parts for cars that you owned 10 years ago)
- bikes and related gear
- holiday decorations (that you DO use at the holidays)
- yard tools and equipment (again, that you USE)
If you find any of these things in your garage, they are probably
- lamps that you're not using
- boxes of clothes that don't fit
- boxes of anything that you haven't opened in a year or more
- furniture that doesn't quite work in your current home
- old lawn furniture
- anything broken that hasn't been fixed in over a year
- old phone books
- stationary bike you haven't used in a decade
- anything you can't remember what it is
other words, most of the
stuff people put in their garage is clutter
Figuring out how to organize your garage alone won't help much...but
getting rid of a lot of the stuff first will!
you have cleared out what doesn't belong in your garage, the
next step is to
organize what's left.
The challenge with most garages is that they are usually wide open
spaces...with lots of opportunity for disorganization and accumulation
I'm going to invite you to think
of storage areas in your garage like
your silverware drawer
...with those little slots for
forks, knives, and
spoons. When you put away your flatware, you don’t have to think about
where things go, do you? They go in their little slots.
Imagine how to organize your garage the same way you see your
silverware drawer: tools,
, and so on.
your things first and group similar items together
- Create a
‘home’ for everything...because if it doesn’t have a home,
it WILL get messy and unorganized fast
- Now you can go out and get
organizers – bins, hanging racks, shelves – whatever you
need to make the space really function well for you.
Now let's take how to organize your garage in bite-sized pieces...
And when you're ready,
move on to Organizing
Your Garage: Car Supplies
For more information about the steps to clear out and
organize your garage:
Helmets, and Gear
Snow Shovels, and Maintenance
and Fishing Gear
For more information about garage storage:
For more information about outdoor storage:
Cabinets, and Boxes