Organizing your garage


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Level of difficulty: medium

Time required: 1 day

Cost: as little as $35



  1. Pick away at it. You don’t need to tackle everything at once. If you’ve got an extra hour during the week, you can make a bigger dent than you think. Start by tossing out what’s broken or unusable.
  2. Set a timer for 15 minutes. If you’re still not into starting, go for just 15 minutes. It’s a trick to move past the fear of starting the task. By the time the timer goes off, you’ll be into it.
  3. Invite a friend to help. It’ll reduce your time by half.
  4. Set a staging area. Once you’ve tossed the obvious junk, set a staging area in your driveway. Haul items from the garage, and put like with like. Gardening with gardening. Baseball bats with mitts and balls.
  5. Add storage. Use boxes of the same size so you can stack them higher. Cardboard boxes are an inexpensive option; but plastic bins make great long-term storage containers.
  6. And shelves. A freestanding shelving system is great for storing and organizing your storage boxes, and you can categorize each shelf, maybe one for each member of the family.
  7. Can it. Place larger items like rakes, hedge trimmers, brooms, or sports equipment like field hockey sticks in tall trash totes for quick organization.
  8. Try some hooks. Use hooks of all sizes to hang items that don’t work well in the trash totes (like rope or gardening supplies).
  9. Donate—or sell! Have a garage sale to get some cash for your cast-offs—or donate items to charity. You’ll have a clean garage and a little extra money in your pocket!

    Oops! I have all this old paint and oil and don’t know what to do with them!
    Your best bet is to check your city’s website to find disposal locations where you can throw these items away safely. This is important—you don’t want this kind of waste to get into the water supply!

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