‘National Clean Out Your Garage Day’ is just around the corner! This day is recognized and dedicated to garage organization. This year’s garage clean-out day is slated for September 6th, and it provides a great excuse to get the whole family involved in finally tackling the mess that has easily accrued in your garage.
At Perfect Fit Garages, we design custom storage solutions that help you effectively organize the items that you decide to keep once you’ve sorted through the mess in your garage. In order to maximize your efforts on National Clean-Out Your Garage Day, you follow up by implementing an effective storage system.
Because it falls on the Sunday before Labor Day, don’t be shy about making it fun and getting the entire family involved. Coupling your clean out with a garage sale can be an effective way to motivate everyone to chip in and create a more organized, useful garage space. If you’re planning on making the most of this September 6th, here are a few tips to help you celebrate in style:
Clutter is often the result of a failure to make a concrete plan for effective use of garage space. If you don’t have a clear idea of how you want to use your space, it’s easy to throw various items here and there without much order. Having a plan for maximizing your garage space is your first step to effective organization.
Once you have a plan in place, it’s time to sort items into a ‘trash’ pile, one designated for ‘donations’, and another for items that you wish to keep. Then go back through your ‘keepers’ pile and sort items based on the most common activities they’re used for.
According to a recent survey, 90 percent of respondents reported using their garage for multiple purposes, such as a workshop, tool shed, or recreation area. In addition, 70 percent said they also store potentially dangerous tools, such as saws and power tools, in their garage. Surprisingly, 60 percent reported using garage space to store flammable liquids and other toxic chemicals.
This can be a very hazardous combination, and keeping your garage safe for the entire family should be an important priority. The survey concluded that only 20 percent of respondents felt confident about their garage being effectively organized. Not only will establishing a storage system in your garage help you find items when you need them, it will also ensure a much safer area for family and friends.
If your garage feels smaller than you’d like, there’s a good chance you’re not making the best use of your space. In order to do so, you must first understand exactly how much space you do have by examining the floor plan and taking accurate measurements. This is essential to planning the design and installation of an effective custom garage storage system.
Don’t forget how using wall shelving and hanging ceiling storage can help you make more effective use of your garage space. If you’re still feeling spatially challenged, you might consider reevaluating the classic, “essentials vs. non-essentials,” question in an effort to create additional space.
FINALLY Get Organized
Once you’ve cleared space and installed an effective storage system, it’s time to organize items according to their use. For example, your kid’s recreation items, such as roller blades or baseball equipment, shouldn’t be stored directly next to your husband’s set of power tools. Before you start throwing items in different drawers or cabinets, make a plan for safe and effective organization.
If you require some assistance designing and installing an effective garage storage system, please don’t hesitate to give the professional storage solution team at Perfect Fit Garages a call at 403-768-3051 to discuss your needs today!