Let’s Get Organized with a New Year and New Plan

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  Garages often turn into the dumping ground for our homes. Many are so stuffed with clutter that there is no longer room even to park the car! By designing a zone system based on the activities we pursue on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis, we can free up enough room in our garage for everything that needs to be there — even the car. This common-sense approach to organization makes it easy for people to find things when they need them, and put them back in the right place when they’re done. Examples of possible zones are:

  • Garden Tools
  • Sporting Goods
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Automotive Supplies, Tools, Paint
  • Garbage
Let’s look at the Sporting Goods zone for example. Like everything in the zone system, items should be organized based on what it is, who uses it and how often it is used. Kids’ bikes and other sports gear should be placed near the garage door so they can easily access them without banging and scratching the car. For frequently used gear like bats, balls, gloves, helmets, skates and sticks, a sports equipment organizer is the best way to go. You can find these any most large sporting goods stores.

If you store your holiday decorations in the garage, here are some helpful tips. Pack up the gift wrapping, tissue paper, bows, tags and any gifts you might have bought at a great after-Christmas sale in a bin marked “Open at Thanksgiving!” Store this bin as the most accessible of the holiday bins so you can open it as soon as you are ready to start holiday gift-wrapping. Consider storing all types of holiday decorations in clear plastic tubs with color-coded tops (orange for Halloween, green for Christmas etc.).

There are many storage systems that attach to the ceiling and create remote storage space, making them ideal for seldom used items like Christmas lights and camping equipment.

For more tips on getting organized – visit About.com – they have a great section on this topic – just click here!

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