Get Your Garage Organized


With spring cleaning in full gear there is one spot in our homes we all tend to put off cleaning – the garage. If you’re anything like us, then your garage is the catch-all place for items we don’t really know where to store. This includes everything from cars and pool toys to sports equipment and power tools. If your garage has gotten a little out of control, then here’s what you need to do to get it organized in a jiffy.

Gather your supplies

First things first — gather the supplies you’re going to need to tackle your garage cleaning. This includes large trash bags, a broom or vacuum, and a few boxes or tubs to stash odds and ends while you organize.

Clear everything out and clean

While this may seem like a big job, you’ll be glad you took the extra effort. You should start by designating areas, preferably in your driveway, for three piles: Keep, toss, and donate. Because the sun is rather intense in San Antonio. If your driveway doesn’t offer shade, try and find an area that does. This way, you and your belonging won’t get damage from the sun. Then begin in one area of your garage and methodically work through the whole space. Use the broom or vacuum to clean as you go, and remove items and place them in their respective spots in the driveway. Keep an eye out for loose nails on the floor as well as evidence of creatures that may be living in your garage. When you finish, place items in the trash that you’ve put in the toss pile (being careful to handle hazardous waste appropriately). Box up items that are in your donate pile and make a plan to have them removed or take them to one of the Goodwill San Antonio locations.

Organize what is left into zones

Once you’ve addressed the toss and donate piles, turn your attention to the items that you want to keep. Chances are, you’ll have a wide variety of items from screws and nails to recycling bins. Experts suggest organizing your garage into zones for each of these types of items. Think of your garage as a store, and designate departments like “garden”, “tools”, “sports equipment”, and so on. Once you’ve figured out your zones, sort your “keep” pile into them. This will give you an idea of how much space you’ll need in the garage for each zone.

Plan your garage storage

Look at your garage and determine how best to store each of your zones. Start by using what you already have, and make sure hazardous items are out of reach. Don’t be afraid to use vertical storage, like pegboards, to store items such as tools or garden equipment. If needed, purchase inexpensive shelves to complete your storage or splurge on a more complete storage system.

Maintain it

The best way to have an organized garage is to regularly maintain your storage systems. Sweep or vacuum periodically to keep dust and dirt at bay. Make sure to put items back where they belong when you’re finished using them. As new items come in, create storage areas for them, and plan to reorganize what you have about twice a year. Keeping your garage clean and organized will help you maximize your storage space and get the best use of this tricky space.

San Antonio homes with an attached garaged are very appealing to buyers. So, if you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, a well maintained and organized garage will help your house show better when you decide to put it on the market.

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If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in San Antonio or know someone who is, contact Melissa Muse Wiggans, Broker and Owner of Real Estate Muses. She and her team of top Realtors specialize in residential real estate for those buying and selling homes. As well as military families or other moving or relocating to San Antonio. Call at 210.485.9913 or visit realestatemuses.com


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