Remember those carefree (or maybe not so carefree) days when you first moved into your then-new property? Back then, it’s likely that your garage was clear of junk and used just to house your car. Now its very foundations are groaning with accumulated belongings that have nowhere else to go. And what of your garden shed? Maybe in those days, it stored garden tools, like lawnmowers and rakes. Now it’s fit to burst with all manner of things for which you’ve run out of room in the house. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to get back some of that space? Don’t be discouraged from this bracing challenge – following just a handful of guidelines, you can restore order and room to both these spaces and start to feel more organised again.
- Get rid of unused items. Just as with the decluttering of wardrobes, ask yourself – ‘Have I used this item in the last 365 days?’ If the answer’s no, it’s go to go. And fast. If you don’t use it, it’s junk. You can recycle, sell on or donate to charity rather than simply chucking in the bin. Already, you’ll have a made a huge dent in the challenge.
- Put up shelves. If you’ve lost all or most of the floor space in either zone, then shelving is the answer. You can keep your most-used items at face-level, with the things you only need from time to time on the other levels.
- Install ceiling storage. If you have to use your garage as a storage utility, then ceiling storage is ideal for things you hardly ever need but which can’t be discarded. Things like archival family materials can then be labelled and placed overhead.
- Put up wall hooks. Where you aren’t using shelves, use wall hooks. You can store so many things this way – from bicycles to gardening equipment and much more.
- If you’ve gone through all of the above and there’s still disarray, it’s time for professional storage. For example, you can use the great storage and self-storage facilities at Woods.