As we head into summer, it might be time to tackle that garage. Many of us use our garage for storage and if you aren’t careful, it can become almost impossible to get to your car. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair put together some tips to make sure you’re successful at organizing your garage.
Create A Plan
Some of the best intentions fail without a proper plan. If you want your organizational weekend to be a success then make sure you take the time to lay out a plan.
Set Aside Time
You’ll want to make sure you set aside a couple of back-to-back days such as over a weekend to tackle the project. You’ll want to make sure you have enough time to tackle the entire project so that your stuff isn’t sitting out for too long. You’ll also be more likely to finish the project if you keep working on it.
Check the Forecast
Make sure you check the forecast when you’re making your plans. You’ll want to make sure there’s not going to be any rain so the stuff you pull out of the garage doesn’t get wet. Also, make sure you don’t do it during a heatwave since you’ll be working out in the sun.
Will You Need Help?
Plan ahead and recruit people to help you if you think you’ll need help. Are there objects that are too heavy for you to lift alone? Sometimes, it also helps to hire a professional that can give you direction.
Gather Your Supplies
Create a list of the categories of the types of items that you store in your garage. Create labels with those items on them. Don’t forget labels for stuff you’re donating and stuff you’re throwing out. Gather enough boxes so you have one box for each category. Attach the labels so you can easily sort stuff you bring out of the garage.
What Organizational Items Will You Need?
It helps to walk out into your garage and try to visualize how you use your garage space. You’ll want to plan ahead for the big day by purchasing any shelves you’ll need to organize the stuff you’ll be keeping in there. It helps to quickly draw out your garage and fill in the space your cars will need as well as where the organizational units will go. It helps to group items together, such as all your garden equipment in one area and tools in another.
Don’t Forget About Your Car
As you plan to go through stuff, don’t forget about your car. Afterall, your garage is designed to hold your car and keep it safe from the elements. It’s nice to store stuff in your garage but make sure there’s enough room for your car!
Bring Everything Out of Your Garage
First, park your car outside of the garage and then bring out all of the bigger items out into the driveway. Next, pick a corner to start in and work your way through the entire garage. Gather items and sort them into the boxes they go into. Make sure you throw away any broken items or items that are missing pieces.
If it’s something you haven’t used in a year, then just donate it. Check dates on chemicals and paints and make sure you properly dispose of them if they’re too old. This is also a good time re-evaluate what you keep in your garage and remove unnecessary items.
Put Everything In Its Place
Now, it’s time for the best part when you get to put everything in its place. Make sure the organizational system you picked will keep your items easily organized. Make sure people who will use items from your garage will be able to easily put things back where they go.
Your organizational system will only work if it’s easy to follow. This also is a great time to further evaluate what you keep in your garage and possibly get rid of more stuff. If it doesn’t have a place then chances are high you don’t need that item.
Call Us for Garage Door Repair
If you notice anything is off while you’re going through your garage or if your door is in need of a tune-up then give us a call. Our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is always happy to help!