Are you unable to move through your garage at all, never
mind trying to park a car in there? Following the tips below will have your
garage looking so good--your neighbors will want to hire you to do theirs! Here
are some tips to help you reclaim your garage from the clutter:
1. GARAGE FUNCTION.
The first step to reclaiming your garage
is to decide how you are going to use your garage. For instance, will you be
setting up a workbench area? Will you need storage space for extra canned goods,
paint supplies and so forth? How about yard care storage? Oh yes, I almost
forgot, parking the car!
2. GETTING STARTED.
you have decided how you are going to be using your garage, it is time to begin
the journey to reclamation. Step one is to divide the garage into quadrants or
sections. You can divide your garage into as many sections as you like to keep
each one to a manageable size. You do not want to overdo the first time out and
be too discouraged to continue. Your plan should be to take small 'bites' out of
the clutter and disarray. Once you have decided how large your sections will be,
decide on how long you would like to spend in each section.
BEGINNING THE SORT.
Start in your first quadrant or section, and be
sure to set a timer for the amount of time you have set for your task. The first
step will be gathering your tools. For this activity, your tools will consist of
the following: large trash bags, several boxes and a marker. The trash bags are
for trash. Each of the boxes should be labeled as follows: donate, goes
elsewhere, recycle and garage. You will likely need several boxes labeled
garage. At this point, do not be concerned with where in the garage these items
will go. That will come later.
As you sort, play some upbeat music. Not only does the music
give you a beat to work to, but it also helps to take the drudgery out of the
work. We know that if it were not drudgery, we would not need to be reclaiming
it. So crank up those tunes and sort on!
At the end of your designated time period, take out the
trash. Put the items for donation into your trunk to deliver them to your
favorite charity drop-off on your next errand run that takes you by the charity.
Put away the items that you put into the 'goes elsewhere' boxes. Take a
well-deserved rest and be sure that you reward yourself for all of your hard
6. CIRCLING THE GARAGE.
Continue around the
garage in the direction of your choice. Sometimes it is easier to move in a
clockwise direction and sometimes it is easier to move from front to back on
one-half of the garage, and then from back to front on the other half of the
garage. There is no right or wrong way to complete the circle. The way that
works best for you and the way that you function is the correct way to do this.
When you start sorting items, you will likely have many boxes labeled 'garage.'
Do not worry about these, no matter how many you collect as you go around the
garage. This type of sort actually gives you a much better idea of what you
really need to have in the garage. In just a few more steps, you will be doing
another sort as you begin the final stage of the journey of
7. LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
you make your way through the garage and as you remove the trash and donation
items after each session, you will begin to notice something. There is more
space in your garage. It just keeps getting better and better! Now would be a
great time to give yourself another reward for coming this far. You are almost
beyond your adventure, so find something that feels like a reward and
8. DECLUTTER COMPLETE, NOW WHAT?
Once you have
completed the de-cluttering, it is time to decide where your 'zones' or
'centers' will be. For instance, if you have a workbench zone, a yard care zone,
and a pantry spillover zone, you need to plot out the 'footprint' of each zone.
Once this is complete, it is time to move to the next step.
Now is the time to address the boxes labeled 'garage'.
Begin by sorting these items into boxes labeled with your 'zones'. Do not toss
any of the emptied boxes just yet. You may need more for each zone. Now you are
ready for the last leg of this journey!
By now, you realize that the light you saw at the end of
the tunnel was not a train! You have completed your sort and have an excellent
idea of exactly what, if any, storage and/or workspace you will need to
purchase. Because you de- cluttered before trying to figure out the storage, you
will only purchase what you need. Set up each zone exactly the way it will work
best for you, stashing each zone's items in their proper place. When you have
everything put away in each zone--viola, you will have reclaimed you garage!
Congratulations! Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com
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