Your lack of organizational skills may have trickled into multiple homes in your house and spilled over into the garage. If you continue to let this mess grow, your home is going to be featured on the next episode of Hoarders! With that said, let’s start with the garage. Organize a safe garage might seem impossible but it’s really simple. Even though the garage is usually used as a place to store garbage and other little things, there are tons of little steps you can use to clean it. Not only will these steps make it look nicer, it will keep this space safer for you and your family.
1. Throw away the garbage. Quit putting the recycling and garbage bags in a corner and claiming to “take it out later.” Do it now! Make it a habit of always taking the trash and recyling out at the same time to their appropriate bins. If you have enough space, keep your bins inside your garage until trash day.
2. Utilize your space. A garage is meant to be a place to work and store things. It isn’t a place to just throw everything wherever you can find room. Find shelving units or hanging devices to store tools, cleaning supplies, etc. in a more organized way. This will also help your little ones to stay away from dangerous tools and toxic chemicals from your cleaning supplies.
3. Donate. Ask yourself these simple questions: Do I need it? Do I love it? If you answered no to either of these, donate that item. Or, if it’s too late for saving, simply throw it away. Make space for things that you actually need in your garage.
4. Label. Put things in appropriately labeled boxes. Not only will this be easier for you in the long run, it will help your garage to actually stay organized. When you ask your spouse to go get that mop bucket from the garage, he won’t hurt himself by throwing his hand unknowingly into a box of nails.
5. Decisions, decisions. Make space for specific things. Have a car corner where you keep the cleaning supplies and engine fluids for your car. Provide a corner for your spouse’s tools. It’s your garage. You can decide where you want everything to go. Just like the labels, this will help you stay organized.
The safety of your garage really does depend on the cleanliness of it. You don’t want your children running around the garage while Dad is working on the cars with harmful tools lying everywhere. If you want to add a little extra protection, install a garage door sensor with a home alarm. This will help you keep an eye on your newly organized garage!
About the author: Carly is a blogger for a Dallas home security company. She loves to write about DIY home decor projects and is a firm believer in eco-friendly products and crafts.