Winter is a great time to get stuck into your garage and get it organised before spring kicks in! With these 6 simple steps you will have an organised garage space in no time at all 🙂
1: How do I start?
The best way to begin, is to get several boxes from your local supermarket. (I find Pak ‘n Save the best place to go, just make sure you go early!) The more stuff you have, the more boxes you will need. These boxes will be used for the next part of the process…
Start in one area of your garage – work top to bottom, left to right, box by box, piece by piece, in a logical orderly way. Whichever way you choose to work, everything that you have in there will have to be opened, looked at and decided upon. That is where the boxes come in handy to sort your items into “like with like” grouping items that are in the same family together. You may also want to label some of the boxes “Charity” “Rubbish” “Recycle” etc.
There are two ways you can do this – declutter as you go, deciding upon each item as you pick it up. Or, deciding once you have grouped all of your items into the boxes. Different people like to work in different ways so work in a way that suits you the best. For bigger items like bikes and garden tools, allocate an area in the garage to put these items until you decide where they will go.
Once you have made your decisions about your stuff, you will have a good idea as to what kind of storage you will need. Plastic boxes with lids work really well, which can be found from Storage box, Howards, The Warehouse and Bunnings. Buy the appropriate boxes according to the size and weight of your items. Using clear boxes makes it easier to see what’s inside.
The easiest way to label your boxes is using white stickers and a permanent marker. Labelling makes it easy to see what’s inside at a glance – you can also use chalk paint and chalk, a label maker if you have one or tags attached with string.
6: Get creative!
To finish with, I have left you with some simple and easy ideas to think about. Every garage is different so adapt according to the space, size and shape. Get stuck in and have a garage that is organised, functional and a pleasure to go to!