Last week was taxes and this week? Garages! Two of your favorite things, I know. Well, just like taxes, garages tend to be something we want to avoid but deserve our attention. With spring here (around the corner?), time to get this space in shape so bikes, basketballs, coolers, all the tools for warm weather fun are easier to get out and put away.
THE BIGGER THE BIN, THE BIGGER THE LABEL
Label makers are dreamy but when it comes to the garage, bigger is better. All you need is duct tape and a Sharpie. Write in all caps to keep it looking clean. Color coordinate if you want (Christmas bins get green tape, Halloween gets orange) or don’t. Label on the end and the side so no matter the bin’s direction, you can always see the info. Whatever you do, please label it. Now you're not the only one who knows where everything goes.
BIGGER BINS NEED DEEPER SHELVES
Use 20-inch deep shelves from Container Store’s Elfa system or a free-standing system. And while you know I love these bins from the Container Store for practically everything, I prefer a more substantial bin with a tighter seal to store your garage gear.
NAILS, NAILS, NAILS
There are one million types of specialty hooks out there and to be honest, my garage has TWO of them. A wall organizer for hanging brooms and ball claws for basketballs and footballs. For the rest, I use long nails. Keeping it simple means things actually get hung up and I’m not wasting money or time deciding on which fancy hook.
Now, time to get dirty. Set aside at least 3 hours (garages take TIME) and go for it. Edit, purge, declutter first. Then, one trip to the Salvation Army, another to the dump, post a few items on Next Door and you'll have that much less to actually organize. Phew.
April showers…mean we need umbrellas. We are loyal to the GustBuster. Invest once in a great umbrella and you’re more likely to take care of it (aka not leave it at Starbucks).
Bring May flowers…that will need watering. I’m obsessed (not exaggerating) with this hose – say goodbye to the frustrating wrap around your elbow coiling process. Store in an old terra cotta pot.
Contain it…your new GustBuster will need a home. So often I see umbrellas shoved on the floor of the closet making a quick mess of an already hard to keep tidy space. Consider keeping them outside of the closet in a pretty container.