By: Becky Esker, President, Get Organized! LLC
After the harsh sand, snow and salt
from this winter, your garage is craving a makeover. If you
haven’t already done so, now is the right time to clear out and
This job is best attacked when you can
devote an entire day to it or at the least, three to four hours.
Gather the troops and distribute the brooms, rags and latex
You will want to begin by clearing
everything out of the garage. After backing out all motorized
vehicles, move out the other large items such as bicycles,
wagons, lawnmowers, and so forth. Take care to sort items as you
pull them out of the garage.
Remember the Organizing Techniques:
Group like items together
Contain each group of like items
Label contained items
Create a home for everything and everything in its home
Continue to remove each and every item,
box, and bag, and so on while carefully sorting the items into
like groups on the driveway or lawn. Take care to throw away or
recycle those items that are truly trash or do not work. Grab
an empty box and label it “give away.” In this box, you will
toss items you no longer need, want, or have any plans to use.
Once the garage is emptied, do some serious
sweeping, scrubbing and hosing. This may sound like a great deal
of work and it’s probably, as my kids would say…. gross, but you
will love how wonderfully fantastic you will feel once
your garage is cleaned up.
Now it’s time to move the “keepers” back
into the garage while respecting rules 2, 3, and 4 of the
Organizing Techniques above. Concentrate on keeping things
stored up and off the floor as it makes maneuvering about the
garage much easier.
After your garage is all cleared out and
cleaned up, do not stop there. Your job is not done! Grab your
“give away” box and deliver it to your favorite charity.
Pat yourself on your back for getting your
garage cleaned out and organized and for helping others by
donating your unused items.
Now jump in the shower and enjoy the rest
of your spring day!