Tips in Optimizing Your Garage

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Seek Help from a Junk Service Company
A junk service company will allow you, for a certain fee, to easily part ways with items you no longer need. All you have to do is pack your items, call the company, and then set a convenient time for pickup.

Store the Keepers for Now

Get several transparent plastic bins to store all the items you want to keep in your garage. For now, sort them according to use. You can then sort them later by type or season to make the categories more specific.

Classifying All Garage Items

It would be a logical idea to categorize all of your garage items first before trying to organize them inside your garage. This will help you figure out the best organizing system to use for each item, which in turn makes it easier for you to find and retrieve them later on.

1. Separate all items into broad categories.
You should divide your garage items into broad categories to make sorting easier. Some suggested categories are: holiday decorations, sports equipment, seasonal use items, lawn care, house care, memorabilia.

2. Assign a labeled box for each category.
Place all of the segregated items in boxes. Make sure that each category has its own box or set of boxes. You will probably end up with more boxes of some categories than others. You should then place labels on each box. All of the sides of each box, except for the bottom part, should be labeled in large letters. Since each category may have more than one box, assign a number to each box. It may be handy to label boxes more specifically, such as “Category” Box 1 out of 4. This way when you are searching for an item, you can know which numbered box it is in or if you have gone through all of the boxes of that category.

3. Prepare a storage map.
The storage map will allow you to mentally segregate the actual storage space in your garage into different parts, the number of which equals the number of categories you have for your items. Draw a sketch of your storage area on a piece of paper. Make sure to divide the whole area into different categories. Label each category on the storage map.

4. Prepare a storage list.
Turn your storage map over and use the reverse side to make a list of all boxes as well as the contents of each box. Leave enough blank space so that you can easily list additional boxes to each category. The number of boxes you have on paper should match the actual number of boxes to be placed in your garage’s storage space.

5. Safeguard your storage map and list.
Slip the map into a plastic sleeve or laminate it. Keep it somewhere safe and easy to access. Whenever you have to look for something in your garage, simply consult your storage map and list.