Home garageIf you have a garage, it’s possible that at some time or another…there has been some chaos there. If you want to start Keeping the Chaos at Bay (and possibly parking your car in the garage), then read on. Thanks to Kristin White del Rosso of Pea Organizing Services for giving me permission to share this week’s wonderful ideas!

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, 50 percent of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house and a place the entire family uses regularly.

We tend to use the garage as a dumping space for everything from yard supplies to sports equipment to boxes of items without other “homes.” Once you start doing that, without really planning your space, you can end up with an indoor junkyard attached to your house. And your car ends up exposed to all of nature’s harsh elements.

Here are 10 helpful tips to finally get your garage back.

  1. Pull everything out and categorize it before you organize it.
  1. When in doubt, get rid of it.
  1. Organize items by type such as sports, yard and car supplies. Make a plan of how you will group these items in the garage. For example, keep the sports equipment most accessible if that is used most often. Devise a plan that works best for your family and needs.
  1. Organize items so that they are visually clear. If you can see it, you can find it.
  1. Plan the proper space for your car, including opening all the car doors.
  1. Make use of vertical space on the walls and ceiling. Try to avoid storing anything on the floor. If possible, mount cabinets a few inches off the floor.
  1. Using a combination of hanging hooks, open shelving and closed cabinets often works well to store the different types of items that a garage holds.
  1. Use containers to keep all loose items from spreading out. Clear plastic tubs are great to contain and still see what you have.
  1. Put everything away after you use it and it will remain neat and organized.
  1. Always consider your safety when organizing the garage. For example, don’t store flammable materials in glass containers and keep all sharp tools and gardening products out of a child’s reach.

There are all sorts or unique and attractive garage organizing products on the market today to fit many price ranges. So pick a pretty weekend and give your car the home it deserves!  Thanks again to Kristin White del Rosso of Pea Organizing Services for this week’s wonderful ideas! Be sure to go to her website to see all the other great tips and ideas she has.

Meggin’s Note: Keeping Chaos at Bay in the garage is one that may require extra planning and even hiring someone to help. It’s worth paying a professional organizer to come in, give you some assistance, and get you moving on the task. If your garage has been bugging you for longer than a month, then there’s some reason you’re not getting it taken care of. Consider getting some professional consulting (and the right tools) to make it happen.

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