Do you remember when you could walk into your garage and immediately put your hands on whatever it was you were looking for? Do you remember what it was like to store your car inside the garage instead of on the street or in your driveway? If you answered “no,” it’s time to take action. Your garage is a storage area, yes, but if you can’t find your things and you can’t store your car, what’s the use in having it? With Harkraft, organizing your garage is easy. Here’s how our experts recommend that you get started.
Step One: Remove Everything
Taking everything out of the garage first is a crucial step because it sets you up for success in the long term. If you skip this step, you aren’t going to get all the clutter, and you aren’t going to be able to see what you have to organize.
Move your car away entirely and begin taking everything out. Start putting like objects together so that you see what you have to organize. This is also an excellent way to see what duplicates you have and find things you don’t need that you’re storing for no reason. Create keep, donate, and throw away piles to make sorting a breeze. Removing everything also gives you a better idea of the space you have. It’s a lot easier to design a storage system if you have the full scope of the area.
Step Two: Clean and Clean Out
For cleaning your garage, the first thing you need to do is sweep and hose down your garage space. You may not get this chance for a long time, so take the time to do it now. Wipe down walls, wash off any spills on the floor, and get everything tidy and dust/cobweb/dead insect-free.
Second, take a look at the things you have outside. When you took stuff out of the garage the first time, hopefully, you sorted things into categories then. Now, go through each group and cull what you don’t need. Remove duplicates and get rid of stuff you no longer use.
Lastly, haul off what you aren’t keeping. Don’t let it get mixed back in with things you’re storing. If you’re planning a yard sale, take the yard sale items to a different part of the house. Visually, it allows you to see what kind of storage you’re going to need and it keeps you from talking yourself out of giving things away.
Step Three: Install Your New Storage System
If you already have shelving and other storage installed, you only need to figure out the most logical way of arranging your belongings. Consider what you use the most and make sure that all those items are in accessible places.
If you’re installing shelving yourself, now is the time to get things set up. You’ve cleaned the space, and you know exactly what you’re storing, so installing those units should be pretty straightforward. If you aren’t sure what kind of storage you want, this would be the time to bring in our experts. They can take a look at your space and what you want to store to build units that are both functional and visually pleasing and that perfectly meet your needs.
Assemble Your New Garage with Harkraft
The garage is clean, your perfect storage solution is in place, now you get to put all your keepers in their new homes. Once that’s done, pull your car into its rightful spot and you’re all set to enjoy your new clean, and organize, garage.
At Harkraft, we want to help you create your dream garage by designing custom storage solutions to meet your needs. A well-designed storage system not only saves you money (no more duplicates) and time (no more digging through the dreaded floor pile), but it also sets you up for long-term organization. Contact our team today to learn more about how a custom storage solution can help to keep your garage clean and tidy.