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How to Organize Your Garage

Reclaim Your Garage

Learning how to organize your garage should be a top priority. However, people approach their garages with a landfill mentality. They just shove or toss things there when they don't want to make a decision about what to do with them.

Expensive cars stay outside on the driveway while “stuff” remains scattered throughout the cluttered garage.

And the garage door is rarely opened – perish the thought the neighbors might see in there!

We all hold onto too much random stuff, but knowing this doesn't make us any better at getting rid of it.

A good rule of thumb is this: If you haven't used it in a year, you aren't going to use it.

And remember, rearranging stuff you're never going to use doesn't count. Tidy clutter is still clutter. Be ruthless with yourself as you go through the sorting process. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when you're learning how to organize your garage.

Getting Started

how to organize your  garage - tips and suggestions from Ann Nagel, a Bozeman, MT Professional OrganizerJust starting the process is usually the hardest part of learning how to organize your garage. So put on some upbeat music and get a friend or family member (or two or three) to help you.

Choose a day when the weather is good and (okay, go ahead and groan here), haul everything out.

Yep, you need to go through all your stuff and make a decision about everything you lay your hands on. Keep, sell, donate or trash.

Separate the "Keepers" into zones on your driveway:

  1. Yard & Garden Equipment and Supplies
  2. Outdoor Gear (boots, coats, strollers)
  3. Sports Gear
  4. Car Care
  5. Hand Tools
  6. Power Tools
  7. Paint Supplies
  8. Holiday Decorations
  9. Recycling Center
  10. Spare Household Supplies
  11. Pantry Spillover
  12. Off Season Clothing
The advantage of zones is that people are more likely to put things where they belong if it's obvious where they belong. If you don't organize your garage, things get put wherever because it doesn't seem to matter. There are excellent garage storage tips available to read through before you begin…

The Finishing Act

organize garage with help from Organize with Ann in Bozeman, MTOnce everything is out, sweep the entire garage. You should have an excellent idea of exactly what, if any, storage and/or workspace items you will need to buy.

Because you decluttered 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.


The most important part of learning how to organize your garage is the follow-through. The biggest reason for clutter and disorganization is not that it's a bad system, it's because the person didn't maintain it.

Go out to the garage and clean up every three months or so once the job is complete. You'll never again be ashamed to open your garage door!

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