CLEAN YOUR TRASH CANS
Every now and then, hose down your trash cans to eliminate lingering spills and smells.
PURCHASE AN OUTDOOR RUG
Lay a small, durable, area rug near the entrance to your home.
GET STUFF OFF OF THE FLOOR
Line one of your garage walls with two levels of hooks, or pegs, to hang sports gear, rarely worn coats, and gardening tools— getting these things off of the floor will help keep them longterm organized.
CONSIDER OVERHEAD RACKS
Install overhead racks for additional storage of oversized things like skis, snowboards, large yard equipment, or your car’s unused roof rack.
PURCHASE AN ORGANIZING RACK FOR SHOES
Create an organized area for shoes, either a wall, shoe rack, or a standing, shoe rack, so that there is a place to toss dirty shoes as people enter your home from the garage.
PAINT YOUR GARAGE FLOORS
If you have extra household paint, use it to paint your garage floors— you’ll conceal scuffs and unsightly spills, and add some cheer to an otherwise lackluster space.
Store holiday decorations in medium-sized plastic, organizing bins, on open, accessible shelving in your garage. Not in your attic— it will be too hard to maneuver organizing bins in and out of your attic.
Store a refined, organized collection of your memorabilia in medium-sized organizing bins, on the upper shelf of your closet. Not in your garage— humidity and precipitation will seep into bins and ruin your beloved treasures.
Store manuals for household appliances in one reference binder, in your home office, or in a filing cabinet. Not with each corresponding appliance— they will clutter the space and get lost.
Store a few pieces of luggage on your upper, closet shelf, on the floor of your closet, or under your bed. Not in your garage or attic— both are too far from where you’ll be packing.
File important paperwork, like medical records and tax documents, in your home office files. Not in piles on your desktop— you won’t be able to dig past the clutter to locate what you need when you need it.
EXTRA MATERIALS USED IN YOUR HOME
Store extra materials, like carpet and tile, in your garage, in organizing bins, out-of-reach. Not in a main closet— you’ll likely never need these materials, so keep them out the storage space you need, and use.
Store gifts purchased for a select person in a small storage cabinet, or on a storage, closet shelf. Not in various hiding places throughout your home— you’ll forget where you hide them.
of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house
OVERHEAD ORGANIZING RACKS
Organize skis, snowboards, camping gear, or your kid’s snow sleds and pool toys, on overhead organizing racks.
Use the individual sections to contain loose hardware, like nails and screws, or small sports equipment, like golf balls, or baseballs.
Place things like shoes, stacked firewood, or gardening tools on shelves for easy access.
HOOKS AND PEGS
Rest a large patio umbrella, or fishing poles, between two pegs or hooks, or use 2 straight hooks to hold a rolled up yoga mat.
WALL BIKE RACKS
Hang collapsible, outdoor chairs, kid’s bikes, scooters, and strollers, or ladders from wall mounted bike racks.
A CLEAN TRASH CAN
Containerize large stuff, like sports equipment, in clean trash cans.
1. Unneeded furniture
2. Outgrown sports equipment
3. Expired paint, or extra paint from a color previously used in your home
4. Duplicative tools
5. Unidentified screws, hooks, nails
6. Outgrown or worn out shoes and coats
7. Extra materials used in your home that you’ve since upgraded
8. If you have an extra fridge or freezer, expired food and drinks
9. Pesticides, motor oil, and any other unused, hazardous products
10. Gear for hobbies that didn’t stick
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH OVERSIZED MEMORABILIA, LIKE MY WEDDING DRESS?
You could purchase a storage bin to preserve the entire dress, choose a portion of the dress that holds the same sentimental value as the entire dress, or frame it and hang it as art.
OUR FAMILY HAS SHOE BOXES FULL OF FAMILY PHOTOS— ANY TIPS ON ORGANIZING THESE?
We recommend storing family photos chronologically in shoe-sized, storage boxes. Start by sorting photographs by year, and then within each year, by season or by notable event. Separate and label years, with dividers, and within each year, separate events using smaller dividers.
I HAVE A FRONT CLOSET THAT IS OVERFLOWING WITH ALL SORTS OF RANDOM STUFF— IT’S SO OVERWHELMING, WHERE DO I START?
Determine what you’d like the closet to be used for, and then set this as your organizing goal. Next, set aside a full day for organizing and get started by removing everything from the closet to an open space. This point may be overwhelming, but once you start moving through the process, you’ll start feeling better— so dive in quickly! Next, separate contents into categories, and finally, move things that don’t belong elsewhere, and replace the items that do belong.
WHERE SHOULD I STORE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS?
Depending on your available storage area, try to store holiday decorations in a main level closet, on open shelving. If you don’t have a full closet available, a portion of a storage closet, your attic, or your garage work just fine. The key here, is to keep storage bins small in size and a manageable weight.
IS THERE A REASON TO KEEP ORIGINAL CANS OF PAINT USED IN OUR HOME?
First, determine why you’d be keeping extra paint. If you’re keeping it as a reference, a more effective way is to write the information down. If you’re keeping it for touchups, purchase a small, new, pint-sized paint can (available on Amazon), fill them with your extra paint, and label the cans.
HOW CAN I ORGANIZE OUR FAMILY SPACE SO THAT IT FUNCTIONS NOW AND ALSO DOWN THE ROAD?
Rather than purchasing products to specifically organize each item, purchase organizing products that are interchangeable, vague, and will work with a wide variety of items. Things like plastic storage bins, hooks, and simple baskets are always safe investments, because they will easily organize any category of things.
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