The garage has a tendency to become a dumping ground.

Maybe yours contains bottles and cans that need to be returned, piles of sports gear lingering everywhere or tools and lawn items that don’t have a permanent home. Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin? Well, you’re not alone! Organizing the garage is one area of the home that is most often left undone due to procrastination. Here are some tips to get you started!

 

Break down the job into small manageable tasks.

Set a timer for 30 minutes and declutter, sort and organize one area of the garage at a time over the course of several days or a week. This will help the task feel less daunting. Doing something is better than doing nothing. So, make an appointment with yourself to start small and build momentum until the task is complete! More hands make light work. Ask your family and friends for their help and offer to help them with theirs as well.

 

What to keep and what to toss?

Ask yourself these questions: Do I need it? When was the last time it was used? If you hesitate in the slightest to these questions, get rid of the item. When in doubt, donate or throw it out, if it no longer has value! The more we save, the more we have to maintain and store. If you have old tools you no longer use or need, bring them to Empire Recycling in Utica. They’ll give you good old, cold hard cash for these items! It’s terrific to make money while you declutter. Motivating too!

 

Create zones to help maintain the space.

As they say, a place for everything and everything in its place. Create zones for sporting goods, lawn and garden, tools, recyclables, car maintenance and toys. Label the spaces to make it easy for everyone in the family to return items where they belong after use. Do a quick tidy weekly to maintain organization.

 

Make use of vertical and wall space.

Most garages have more wall than floor space. Make good use of it by installing space saving organizing products and shelving to store things off the floor. Don’t forget the ceiling. There are some great products on the market to make your garage ceiling an efficient space to store off-season items.

Winter is coming. Spend some time now decluttering your garage, so you can get your car inside before the first snowstorm hits!

Look for more tips from Deb in the Observer Dispatch every Sunday and on her websites decluttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and watch her TV show Organization Motivation! at organizationmotivation.com.