Today, we are back to the Clear the Clutter Challenge! We are tackling one space per month for the entire year! Last month we worked on CLOTHING ORGANIZATION. This month we worked on GARAGES. Timing could not be better as our garage has gotten over run with STUFF! My goals for this challenge was to pair down the stuff we have and to spend as little money as possible! So, I’m sharing inexpensive garage organization ideas!
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All year long I am co-hosting the Clear the Clutter challenge with three other wonderful bloggers! Be sure to check out their spaces as well!!
In case you are new here, the last challenge we left off on was clothing organization. I shared strategies for keeping clothes organized when you have a small closet!
Clear the Clutter: Garage Organization
Now, moving on to this month’s challenge! I’ll admit that our garage was a MESS! Once a year we clean out the garage but by the end of the summer it is very disorganized. I am hoping after this clean out things stay organized a bit LONGER!!
My goal for this challenge was to spend as little money as possible. Between the storage bins and shelves we already owned plus a few very small purchases, we kept this project very inexpensive!
Inexpensive Garage Organization Ideas
As with any organization project, the first step is to reduce the STUFF you have! Less stuff means less storage bins and solutions you need!
Take the time to once and for all get rid of the things that have living in your garage too long!! This includes old paint cans, duplicate sports goods equipment, broken bikes and anything that hasn’t been touched in a year. Find out what the proper disposal procedures are for your town. Our city requires that paint cans are dried out. Helpful hint: Filling up the can with kitty litter dries up the paint!
Buy Inexpensive Bins
Once you have pared down your “stuff”, you may find that you need to purchase a few containers. There is no need to spend a lot of money on bins for the garage! I found most of my large bins at Aldi for $4 and the smaller bins/baskets at the Dollar Store! Target and Walmart also have inexpensive large tubs (typically in the outdoor entertaining sections).
Storage tubs with lids are also great for seasonal items, tools and paints. I used a storage tub to corral all of our outdoor folding chairs that we lug to all the kids’ sporting events.
Find a Place for Everything
Once you have all the storage bins, shelves and tools you need, it’s time to decide where everything is going to go! As you put back each item in your garage, really analyze where its best spot would be! Think about how often you use the item — frequent items should be easy to access. Also consider who uses each item. The items that they kids play with should be reachable for them. On the flip side, items you don’t want the kids to get to–like paint, tools, etc should be placed up high.
Be sure to label all of your bins, tubs and baskets! This does not need to be fancy!! I labeled each of our bins with handmade signs and secured with clear tape. The labels should be easy to read and very self explanatory on what is inside!
Perhaps one of the most inexpensive organization tools out there is HOOKS! My favorite kind are these Command hooks! We use these all over our house!
We have a garage “issue'” with bike helmets being left all over the ground! I solved this problem with a pack of command hooks and we should have no trouble with keeping helmets off the floor.
My husband and I also hang our bikes from the ceiling with very heavy duty hooks! We spent less than $5 per hook. This is a solution we have been using for years and it saves so much space on our floor.
Invest in Shelving if Possible
While there are so many inexpensive ways to organize the garage, investing in one or two large shelves is worth the money! You are able to use every inch of space from floor to high up the wall with a shelf.
We keep our one shelf near the door to the house and have it filled with our cleaning supplies, garbage bags and winter/rain boots.
While our garage is not picture perfect, it is now very functional and organized!
One last step of our decluttering project was to show the kids were everything now lives! This will hopefully help them to put things back in the right spot!
Next month we will focus on ROAD TRIP/TRAVEL ORGANIZATION! It is a perfect time of year for this! Feel free to link your garage organization post below! Be sure to check out the other host’s accounts as well:)