It’s a New Year, So Take Back Your Garage!
Are you tired of not being able to actually park your car in your garage? Is your garage so full of stuff that you’re embarrassed for your neighbors to see it? Are you ready to reclaim your garage once and for all?
If, like many of us, your garage has simply become a storage space for an overflow of belongings that no longer fit inside the house, and you’re forced to park your car outside where it’s exposed to the elements and possible theft or damage, then it’s time to take a serious look at fixing the problem.
The keys to taking back your garage are to get organized, make some decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, and then maximize the space you have.
STEP 1: GET ORGANIZED
Pick a day with nice weather to dedicate to the project and take everything out of your garage. Stage your belongings in piles in the driveway and yard, and prioritize them according to form, function, and frequency of use.
Next, decide what absolutely has to go in the garage (like your car) and take measurements. This will help you sketch out a quick floorplan to allocate enough garage space for the must-have items. Be sure to label all boxes and bins so you know what’s inside at a glance.
If you plan everything out carefully beforehand, then when you get your belongings back in the garage, everything will have a place, and be visible and easy to access (especially your frequently-used items).
STEP 2: MAKE DECISIONS
This is the hard part, because you have to be honest with yourself and make some tough choices. We all get attached to our things, but the truth is, if you rarely (or never) use something, then what’s the point of holding on to it? Go through all of the “non-essential” items in your piles and decide what you absolutely need to keep, and what can be sold, donated, or trashed.
Load up your items to be donated and trashed and make a quick trip to your local donation spot or landfill. Once these piles are gone, you’ll have a much clearer picture of just how much stuff you have left over. These remaining belongings can either go back into your newly-reorganized garage (where you have presumably created more space), or in an alternate storage space. Again, the primary goal is to have a secure place to park your car.
STEP 3: MAXIMIZE YOUR STORAGE SPACE
Rather than piling all your gardening tools and implements by the door, install hooks or storage racks to keep everything up off the floor and within easy sight and reach.
When all is said and done, if you find that you still have too much stuff for the space you have available, you can always look into purchasing a high-quality, American-made outdoor storage building from BackYard Storage. Whether that means a storage shed for your overflow belongings, or a detached garage for your vehicles, we have an outdoor storage building to suit all your needs.
Don’t let clutter push you out of your living spaces. Protect your property and enjoy your garage again.
Contact us if you want to purchase an outdoor storage building, or come by one of our convenient locations and let a knowledgeable BackYard Storage team member help you find the storage solution you’re looking for at a price you can afford.