After the excitement of Christmas and all the new gifts, your home and garage might be in need of a good declutter. We’ve come up with some top tips to help you sort out your space, making your entire home more organised so you can actually find what you need when you need it.
The tips below can help you get started but if you find the whole task overwhelming why not drop us a line or get in touch to discuss your space? We can’t help with deciding what to get rid of but we can design the whole garage for you so that you have the storage solutions ready to organise.
1. First up – plan
Our first step would be to take a moment to plan what you are trying to achieve. Is it to store items in the garage that are currently in the house, to do a general tidy up or to make room for new items that have come in over the Christmas period. Whatever your goal, this will help you on the next step of the process.
2. Be Realistic
Whichever goal you have decided upon, the most likely scenario is that you’ll need to make room in the garage to store items. Start with one particular area, whether it be the entrance to your garage or the area that will take the least amount of effort. Psychologically this may help you deal with the rest of the area at a later date. Next, sort the items into three piles: one pile to keep, one pile to get rid of and a third pile for which you are not quite sure. Ask yourself, will I ever use this again? If you think not then perhaps its time to get rid of it.
4. Recycle, sell or give-away
You can consider things like Freecycle, your local charity shop, a car boot sale, ebay or if the item is in bad condition then perhaps a skip or local tip. Its always a good idea to recycle where possible and after all one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure!
5. What about the other two piles?
With the ‘not sure’ pile its best to go through it again another day and see if you have any further thoughts on whether you will use the item again. If you are still unsure then its best to box it up with the date and contents written on the outside and make a note on your calendar to look at it again in six months time. If by this time you still haven’t used it, then it may become a recyclable item.
6. Give your garage a good clean
Once you’ve sorted items out, it could be the time to give the garage a scrub. Try hoovering up all the cobwebs on the floor, walls and ceiling, it is amazing what a difference this can make. Clean the floor with water, a cleaning fluid and broom to get rid of the dust and grime.
If you find that leaves and water come into your garage then think about installing a Threshold Barrier which can help to stop this coming in through the gaps around the door.
7. Organise your items properly
Finally it is time to put everything back. For those items that you are going to keep, the task is now about proper storage so you can easily find it when you need it. We think creating zones in your garage such as DIY, Gardening, Kids, Crafts, Home etc. are a good place to start.
Cabinets that fit on the wall or floor are a good option to tidy things away and keep them out of sight. Or a selection of baskets or shelves may be all you need. Take a look at our range of storage solutions which might give you some inspiration on what to choose for your garage.
If this feels like a daunting task, the team at Garageflex can design the space for you and make the most of your garage walls for storage. Click here to book a free Design Consultation.
8. Put everything back in
The hard work is done, it is now time to put everything back and reap the benefits of a clean, tidy and organised garage space! Good Luck!
If you would like to see how we can help you, give us a call on 01491 579975.