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Household clutter is an ongoing issue for most families and particularly so for those who have garages. It is a common habit that when we accumulate too much stuff the garage becomes a handy and convenient place to store everything we don’t use and don’t know where else to put it.
Soon enough though, the garage becomes flooded with ‘stuff’ and eventually the task of organizing it has to be tackled. This especially true when you are getting ready to sell your home, as potential home buyers will want to see the space for sure, and it should really be as neat, tidy and efficient looking as the house itself.
Store ‘Stuff’ in Style
Invest in some waterproof recycling bags, which can be purchased for about $20-30, to keep your valuables safe from cold temperatures and moisture and nice and neat looking. Many of them also come with handles so when the time comes for you to transport them – hopefully to your new home – you can do so quickly and easily.
There are lots of shelving unit choices designed specifically for garages. Some of the best include two or three level shelving units with hooks that will easily latch onto the garage walls and can be placed as high or low as you need them to be.
For items that are seasonal, purchasing or building a few sturdy shelving units is a quick and cost effective way to get items off the floor and out of the way, but that can be placed at arm’s reach so you can access them easily if you need to while still living in your home for sale.
Tote Bags and Storage Containers
Tote bags that can hang on the wall with secure clips are great for holding smaller items and some canvas totes sold today are very sturdy. Place these small items in the bag and then fasten clips or holders to the wall. You can then hang the bags by their handles within reach and access your things easily.
Colourful storage containers are also a great way to organize your things and add a nice little pop of visual interest at the same time.
Many retail stores sell containers that stack on top of one another, which are great if you have a lot of little things that need storing. The secure covers will ensure that your possessions won’t be damaged by insects and rodents that may find their way into the garage either.
Use masking tape on the outside of the containers and label each one with whatever you place in them so when the time comes that you need something you will be able to locate it easily and won’t have to rummage through each container.
Rolling storage crates are perfect for garage storage and they come in lots of different sizes. The plastic containers stack easily and include lids. Additionally, they are sold with small wheels so they can be moved and maneuvered with ease when they need to be. The small and medium-sized storage crates can be found at stores like Lowes and are very reasonably priced (each one costs about $7.00).
Installing a few hooks around your garage is a great way to get things off the floor and organized. Purchase some bicycle hooks, as they can hold a lot of weight for their small size and are perfect for hanging and storing electrical cords, hoses and garden tools and keeping everything looking neat. Getting the clutter off the garage floor will also help the space look more spacious, something you really do want to convey to potential buyers.
We’d also recommend that before beginning your garage organizing/staging project that you sift through your possessions and determine if any of them can be thrown away or donated.
The golden rule in home organization is if you haven’t used something in the past year, the chances are good that you probably don’t need it. By donating or throwing away old and useless items your garage storage organizing will be simpler and you’ll have less to move when you sell your home and get ready to move on!