Garage Organization Ideas for Clearing Clutter

Studies have shown that clutter affects one’s ability to focus and concentrate. According to Unclutter.com:

The clutter competes for your attention in the same way a toddler might stand next to you annoyingly repeating, “candy, candy, candy, candy, I want candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy …” Even though you might be able to focus a little, you’re still aware that a screaming toddler is also vying for your attention. The annoyance also wears down your mental resources and you’re more likely to become frustrated.

If you open your garage door and can’t fit your car in there, or your garage just really needs to get organized, keep reading for Molly Maid’s tips on garage organization ideas for clearing clutter.

Photo Credit: Rubbermaid Products on Flickr

Photo Credit: Rubbermaid Products on Flickr

Part 1: Keep. Donate. Trash. Molly Maid recommends a three-step process for Part 1 of the initial garage organization project. When you’re standing in your garage overwhelmed with the feeling of “I don’t even know where to start” – start with making three piles of all the items in your garage: items to keep, items to donate, and items to throw in the trash. This will help rid the items you no longer use and free up additional space.

Part 2: Sort and Place. For Part 2 of the project, we recommend sorting “like items” and placing them near the area of the garage where you would ultimately like them stored. For example, if you would like your sporting equipment like bikes, golf clubs, helmets, etc. to be closer to the garage door because they’re frequently used, simply put those items near that area.

Part 3: Hang. Hook. Shelve. Bucket. Now we’re ready to actually organize and store these items. We highly recommend having different types of garage organization systems like a shelving unit for smaller container items like paint cans, lawn care products, bug repellent, etc. A rail or rack system with hooks is handy to hang various types of items like bikes, lawn equipment, sporting equipment, which leverages vertical space and frees up for floor space within the garage. Sturdy plastic buckets or baskets are handy for sports equipment like basketballs, footballs, roller blades, baseball gloves, etc.

After completing this three-step process, your garage should be looking organized, tidy and free of clutter for better focus and concentration! Have a garage organization tip of your own? Tell us in the comments section below.

by Molly Maid