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garage cleaning & organizing

By its very nature, a garage is a no man's land. Garages aren't exactly part of the house, but they're not outdoors, either.

As a result, this transitional area can become junky in a heartbeat. Even when someone does take responsibility for the garage, it is out of sight, out of mind.

We see it only as we cruise through on the way from the car, usually shedding backpacks, shoes, and umbrellas in our wake. Oh, no problem, we think, we'll pick them up later.

But we rarely make time to put things away in the garage. And kids are the worst offenders. They toss the soccer balls in the general direction of the corner. Oops! They throw their bikes on top of the pile of clothes we're going to donate to charity... sometime.

The good news is that the garage can meet most of your needs if you organize it correctly. Here's how to tackle the dirty job of taming your garage.

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About the Author

Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.