Fall is the perfect time to clean out and organize your garage. The weather is cooler and you can make room for your car(s) for the winter months. I am originally from the Midwest and garages back home were used a lot differently than they are in Texas. There are basements in most homes in the Midwest so there were usually storage rooms. These would be used for keepsakes, holiday items and other items that you don’t get to often. The garage was for outdoor items, tools, outdoor toys, etc. In Texas, garages often act like basements and are used to store everything from tools to holiday items. If you have an attic, this can be a useful storage space for some of these items as well.
In a perfect world, our garage would be neat and tidy while still storing all of our stuff. Here are some tips to achieve this:
- Before purchasing any cabinets or storage shelves, purge any unused items and inventory what you will be keeping in your garage. Make sure to take into account anything that is currently inside your home that may need to be moved to the garage. This will ensure that you are not buying unnecessary items since you do not want to clutter up your garage even more when you are trying to clear it out.
- Assess if you have usable attic space or any indoor storage closets that can be used for holiday decor or other items.
- Cleaning and organizing a garage can be very overwhelming as it is a large space with a lot of extra clutter. If the task seems to be too stressful for you, start left to right and work one section at a time. Remember, you do not have to do all of this at once.
- Utilize your ceiling space. If you have high ceilings in your garage utilize them and hang shelves from the ceiling for items that you rarely get to. You can purchase shelves like the one shown below or have a handy man build custom shelves.