Let’s face it; garages can easily become dumping grounds for everything except the car. But a garage makeover can make an inspiring difference, so make time to tackle the project using these six steps to transform your garage into a whole new space.
1. Plan your project day.
It helps to plan a particular day and get organized in advance so you can focus on tackling the project easily and efficiently. Pick a weekend—without rain in the forecast if possible—to get started. Depending on how much stuff you have, you might consider enlisting the whole family or some buddies to help out.
2. Gather your supplies.
You can start the preliminary work a few days before by making sure you’ve taken out any garbage or recyclables or anything you are able to remove ahead of time. You can also purchase any necessary supplies, like paint, shelving, hooks or a tool bench, that can be set up once the garage is ready to be organized. If you are going to paint the interior of the garage, you might want to have a storage pod brought to your driveway or yard to store your belongings if you think you’ll need a few weekends to complete the project.
3. Lug everything out of the garage.
This step is best started early in the morning before the summer heat and humidity set in. Grab some coffee and a donut and set up your favorite tunes to get the project going! You’ll likely spend a good part of the day on this first task, so you might want to have lunch brought in or ready to go to allow yourself the maximum amount of time to get this job done. Once you have everything out in the driveway, you’ll want to be ruthless about assessing what you actually need to keep. Make a pile of everything you want to give away. If you have items that truly belong in the garage, set those aside in a separate pile. Find a new home for the other items.
4. Give the garage a clean slate.
Once your garage is empty, sweep it out to start with a clean slate. If you’d like, paint the interior walls of your garage. You can also freshen up the floor with garage floor paint and install new utility lighting. If you have shelving or hooks to set up, now’s the time! Plan specific zones in the garage to organize your tools, outdoor gear and any other supplies you store in your garage.
5. It’s organization time.
Bring in everything that needs to stay in the garage. Place items in categories on shelves and hooks. Try to keep everything easy to access—either clearly visible on a shelf or in a labeled plastic bin.
6. Keep it organized!
Step back and admire your effort and resolve to not let your garage become disorganized again. Be sure to put things back where they belong as soon as you’re finished using them. Schedule regular check ups and weekends for maintenance of the garage so the time you’ve invested to organize it pays off for years to come.