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3 Simple Steps to Organizing Your Garage

The garage is one of the most-used areas of the house — but it can also be one of the most neglected areas when it comes to cleaning and organizing. If you have tools, storage bins, and other items in disarray throughout your garage, you may want to consider tackling the project of organizing your garage this summer. Fortunately, this can be fairly easy to do with the right equipment and knowledge. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a short list of a few tips to manage the mess in your garage.

Utilize wall space: Because people generally like to park their car in the garage or use it to store other large equipment, like lawnmowers, it can be difficult to store items on the floor of the garage. So, this means you’re going to need to utilize wall space. Whether you add cubby holes, shelves, or hanging racks, there are plenty of ways to get items off of the floor and onto the walls. Tools like rakes and shovels can easily be hung on the walls with a rack system and shelves can become home to other miscellaneous tools and items. No matter what kind of shelving you choose, simply start by getting things off of the floor.

Store items in utility boxes: Clear plastic bins with lids should be a staple in any home. Many homeowners use garage space to store off-season items and spare parts or tools, which can easily get lost when they’re put in unlabeled boxes. Fortunately, plastic containers and utility storage boxes can fix this problem. Larger utility boxes can be used and conveniently stacked on each other to save room. For smaller items, utility boxes can be used to organize and display items, whether they’re stacked on shelves or hung on the wall. With some clear containers and box labels, you’ll be able to easily find whatever it is you’re looking for.

Get rid of unused items: One of the most important parts of cleaning and organizing the garage is getting rid of unused items and garbage. Many garages can become filled with items that really should have been thrown away but never made it that far. So it’s important to really go through the items in your garage and get rid of whatever isn’t necessary to hang on to. Things like old paint cans, dirty blankets, and torn up shoes should all be disposed of. Just remember to dispose of items properly, seeing as how 31.9 million metric tons of plastic waste is incorrectly disposed of each year and can do significant harm to the environment.

It can be pretty intimidating to try to tackle a big project like cleaning and organizing the garage. But by following these simple tips, you’ll be off to a great start.

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