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Ok so I don’t like clutter. For the most part I leave the garage to my husband but about twice a year it really needs a good purge and organizing. We have moved several times during our marriage so we are no stranger to the idea of “if you haven’t used it in a year, give it a new home and donate it,” that’s our philosophy anyway. It also helps to have a printable checklist so you don’t forget anything while you’re in the process, we will share what we’ve used for years with you as well below. Here are a few garage organization ideas that have helped us eliminate the clutter and find what we need easily again. 😉 Yes, after 6 months or so the garage kinda’ looks like this. Bikes are thrown everywhere, something is used and gets thrown on whichever shelf is closest, and things that should’ve been thrown away (like broken sand buckets you see here) are kept. Twice a year is usually good enough to evaluate what you have, decide whether you’ve actually used it in the past year (be honest with yourself now), and purge the things that don’t fit or aren’t needed any longer. This is where we start.
Garage Organization Ideas
- Purge – For some people this is easier than others. I am an extreme purger, my husband still has the baby teeth he lost as a child in a jar….I’d say we are quite the opposite. I have rubbed off on him a bit though over the years, and through many moves, and he now agrees that less is more when it comes to saving a lot of things. Start by getting 2 Glad Kitchen Pro Trashbags….they will hold A LOT so you can pack them full.
- Donate – Fill 1 bag with items others could use, but are not needed by you any longer. We have a lot of sports equipment that no longer fits or my kids’ aren’t interested in any longer, ski clothing and boots that no longer fit, and holiday decor that I’m willing to get rid of in order to free up some space.
- Trash – Fill 1 bag with things that are ruined like ripped rags, damaged shoes, broken toys, and don’t forget to purge your car(s) while you’re at it (if you have kids you know you have some “treasures” hidden in there that should be trashed).
We did this just today and we had a trunk full of stuff to donate. With 3 kids (and a husband who is into multiple sports himself) it is easy to fill up 4-6 bags full of stuff! Once you’ve rid your garage of things that are no longer needed, and trash, you can get to organizing what is left.
- Hooks on the walls – Hang equipment like shovels and brooms. This is extremely helpful in getting those things off the floor and shelves.
- Hang a rack from the ceiling – We have one that we’ve taken with us from house to house that stores all of our camping equipment and snow/ski gear. Since we don’t need it too often we don’t need to really get to it and a rack hung from the ceiling keeps it out of the way, you can see ours here on the top left. It can hold a lot! If all of that gear wasn’t up and out of the way it would take up a lot of space, I highly recommend one of those!
- Store items that are rarely used in bags – Ski jackets, bibs, boots, and camping equipment can be stored in Glad Kitchen Pro Trashbags. Secure the end with a knot, then with a zip tie, and put a sticky label on the outside reminding you of what is inside. This will keep your items free from dust, critters, and ready for you to wear when it’s time for some snow.
- Use a garage organization checklist printable to help you organize too. Sometimes it is nice to have a list to remind you of things that need to be purged and organized, and having everything checked off at the end makes me feel like I haven’t forgotten anything! There’s a black and white printer friendly garage organizing checklist here too if you’d prefer.
It only took the 2 of us about 2 hours to finish, you can see the before and after above, and it feels SO good to have a clean area where you can find everything easily again! Haul off your unneeded items to your local donation center and you’ll know you’re helping someone else too, it’s a win win. These strong Glad Kitchen Pro Trashbags are available at Target, they’re perfect for storage and getting rid of what you no longer need. I hope these garage organization ideas help you as well. 😉