Whatever your aspirations, nobody wants their garage to be an unorganized mess. There are a lot of potential options for your garage space including a sleek showroom for your car, a combo workshop and storage space, a potting shed, a tool room or even the ultimate man cave. However you decide to remodel or utilize the space, these tips and hacks will help you get started. With a little planning your garage can be useful and the envy of all your neighbors.
It’s easy to spot when your organizational system isn’t working. Things are difficult to reach, the space is too small for what you’re storing or you are always rummaging through things because they aren’t logically grouped. But sometimes, the warning signs that your space needs a little help, are a little more subtle. Small things happen slowly over time and go unnoticed at first, but overall have a large impact on our happiness and comfort. Here are some stressful states that may have rooted themselves while you were busy with life, and how you can resolve them.
How much time do you spend on a daily basis looking for things? It could be that specific tie that you need for an important business meeting or a pair of shoes that you haven't worn in ages. You know that you have it somewhere and wind up searching through every closet in the house. Then there is the additional time you spend ironing clothing after you've found it shoved in the back of your closet. Or, there is the endless number of shoes that seem to be on the floor in your closet. How can you organize your items so that you can always find something quickly and easily?
Storing and organizing the items in your garage can often seem like an impossible mission, but it doesn’t have to be. Of course, let’s be realistic and not over-complicate things. The objective is simple, organized placement of all of your items, so they can be retrieved quickly and easily without risk to life and limb. We recommend coming up with a plan before attempting to organize your garage so you can truly create a space that is functional. Here are some tips to creating a garage space that is usable and organized while keeping items safely accessible.
You’ve got a beautiful entrance to your house—your front porch is decorated for the season and when you open the door, an elegant area rug and lighting fixture greet visitors. But if you’re like many people, the only time someone walks through your front entrance is if they’ve never been to your house before. The entryway everyone uses is most likely closer to your garage or on the side of your house—through the mudroom. Your mudroom is a catch-all space for outdoor gear, mail, work and school bags, shoes, purses, and anything else you use just about every day. Chances are it is not well-organized, which can make it hard to find exactly what you need before you run out the door.
Your closets are overflowing with stuff and, believe it or not, it could contribute to your stress level. Yes, keeping your pants, dresses and tops organized and knowing where your belts and socks belong can make you feel frazzled and out of control—from the time you spend getting ready in the morning to trying to figure out what you’ll wear to dinner this weekend. Unfortunately, doubling the size of your closet may not be an option (though it may be a dream).