“How do I organize the garage” is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from homeowners. They refer to it as a “dumping ground”, somewhere they toss an item that belongs nowhere else. And they have no idea how to organize the garage and its contents.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25% of homes with a two-car garage don’t have room to park cars inside. Additionally, 32% only have room for one vehicle. In a study conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, 50% of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house.
Before you begin
Before you can organize the garage, prioritize how you plan to use it. Some households never plan to park their cars in the garage. Rather, they want to use their garage as a place to socialize, to practice their hobbies or as a gym. Once you understand your priorities, you can sketch out “zones” in your garage to organize your possessions.
Steps to Organize the Garage
Step 1. Remove everything from the garage to begin fresh.
Step 2. Clean your garage: vacuum the perimeter, wash the floor, wipe down all surfaces and sweep cob webs.
Step 3. Go through every item OUTSIDE of your garage. Donate, purge and loan out items for good, and don’t return them to the garage!
Step 4. Plan your garage in “zones” and include walls and ceilings in your planning.
- Mowers, lawn and garden equipment
- Sporting goods
- Pantry/Extra Freezer storage
- Workout space
- Workbench and tools
Step 5: Now that you have purged, it is time to purchase! Decide on the best shelving method or storage units that will fit the space and the purpose. When using plastic bins, I recommend clear, plastic containers such as those by Sterilite or Ziploc. You can buy these containers at stores such as Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart.
- Wall mounted
- Ceiling mounted
- Free-standing on casters
- Netting for balls
- Hooks for bicycles and garden tools
- Magnetic strips for screwdrivers
- Pegboards for multiple uses
Step 6: Return only the items you wish to keep into their designated garage zone
Step 7: Finally, label all boxes and shelving.
Reclaim your garage and restore order after you organize the garage. Set up a maintenance schedule to revisit the order every season since priorities change with the weather. Additionally, print my Garage Organizing Checklist as a resource and enjoy your new garage.