Garage organizing is difficult because by its very nature, a garage is a no man's (or woman'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.
The good news is that the garage can meet most of your storage needs. But that's if - and only if - you and your family organize it correctly.
And once it's organized, everyone who sets foot in no-woman's-land should help maintain that system.
Here's how to tackle the dirty job of garage organizing:
Most of us enter our homes through the garage, That's one reason why it's so junky.
At the back door, we kick off our muddy shoes, throw down the umbrella, and toss in the ball we found outside the garage door.
Create a user-friendly entry area in your garage for the family to help keep clutter in check.
Consider what you do and what you're carrying as you enter your home, and then design a place for it. Here are solutions for a few common items:
Accessories: Whatever the season, we always need something. In the winter, it's gloves, hats, and scarves. In the the summer, it's sunglasses, raincoats, and hats. Give each family member a small basket or bin to store the items that they always need as they go out the door. No more running back inside to track it down at the last minute.
Backpacks: Those poor kids lug home monstrous backpacks and, of course, they cannot possibly take them all the way to their bedrooms, can they?
If the answer is no, find a temporary holding place for the backpacks in the garage. They're in the way inside, anyway. Options include:
If you have the space, the garage is a very good storage place. Not all storage is created equal, however. Some things need to be accessible at all times; other things we see only every 10 years when we move, but we want to keep them anyway.
Think of your storage in three distinct categories.