Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you have the itch to get organized before the snow flies, a clean garage is truly a game changer.

Garages are an often overlooked or misused space— and yours likely has tons of storage potential just waiting to be utilized. Once you have a plan, organizing your garage isn’t as daunting as it may seem! So grab a notepad, make a list for the hardware store, and let’s get to work.

It may go without saying, but your first step should be to sort through what you want to keep, donate, or toss. Once you have your “keep” pile, that’s where the real organizing begins. NOTE: If you have a lot you’d like to get rid of, we recommend researching your area’s second-hand stores or donation centers before throwing things away!


Bins, Bins, and More Bins

Storage bins are the name of the game here! Sort similar items together (ex: sports equipment, gardening tools, extension cords) and place them in labeled bins. Not only do you have easy access (and actually know where these items are), your items are also protected against unwanted pests and dust.

Plus, if you’re selling your home, having your garage neatly organized can make it look and feel larger to potential buyers. With your items in bins, it can also make moving a breeze. That sounds like a win-win to us!


Use Your Wall Space

In the words of Zillow writer Bob Vila, “the key to garage storage and organization is getting things off the floor.” A few options for this include pegboards, shelving, and cabinetry on the walls. For the ceiling, you can attach hooks or straps to the joists and store ladders, seasonal items (think skis, holiday decor, etc.), bikes, and more. Not only will your garage look cleaner, but you’ll now have more room for your car (you know, the thing your garage was actually made for)!


Keep It Clean

If your family uses the garage for their personal storage often, create designated spaces for their items. HGTV suggests creating a cubby space for each family member’s sports equipment, shoes, bike helmets, etc. This will help keep your regularly used items organized— and if you have home showings, you’ll spend less time tidying up the garage beforehand!

An organized space, whether indoors or out, can make a big difference in your home. If your garage is a mess, Fall is a great time to get organized! Sort through your stuff, create a plan, purchase some storage solutions, and get ready to create a functional space in your garage.

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