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Organizing a garage May 13, 2005 4:40 PM

Here are some products that help organize a garage....you can click on image and buy or get more info about it.

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I'll look into more later ...

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Oh, to have a garage again! May 13, 2005 7:49 PM

I can only dream of it... not only for the organization, but also for WARMTH. It's miserable getting into a freezing car in the morning in Alaska when it has been -20, -30, -40...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 14, 2005 8:39 AM

Cluttered garages can be an overwhelming task and the thing to do is to tackle one small area of it at a time.

Before getting shelves or a garage system for storing items, sort through everything and be prepared to let go!  If it's in the garage, most of it probably isn't needed or used.  Think about having space, not taking up space.

Here's a good sorting process ...

1) Get several empty boxes - as many as you'll have categorized items for (books, papers, tools, clothing, sm. appliances, electronics, etc.).

2) Start in one area and sort any loose items into categorized boxes.

3) As you sort, toss anything you don't need anymore into a large trash can or put in a "donate" box to give to a charity.

4) If you've still got a lot of boxes filled with things you're keeping, go through them again until you thin out your belongings to what you absolutely must keep.

This sorting is a process, not an event.  Take your time, don't try to do it all at once or it will be too overwhelming to return to do again.

Once everything is sorted, take a look at what you have and determine what storage system would be best for the items you're storing.  Don't forget to LABEL EACH CONTAINER the items get stored into.

Before you know it, there will be space for your car!

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 May 14, 2005 9:09 AM

I wish there could be room for our vehicles! We have an older style two car garage and my van will not get through the doorway! Above the garage is an efficiency apartment which has been the cause of a nightmare! One half of the garage is about as organized as it can be but the other half has become a storage area for numerous people. The word is out to get it out or it will be thrown out! Is blowing the garage and the apartment up an option?

Peace, love, and beauty

Ross                 

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 May 15, 2005 7:35 AM

Just an idea (aside from dynamite) ... if you can't use your garage for the van because of its size, maybe you could turn your garage into one large storage area using heavy duty wire shelves that line up in rows, like a bookstore or warehouse.  If your renters above really want to keep their "stuff" than maybe they will contribute to the cost of the shelves.  You could implement policy that everything stored must be in boxes so the garage and shelves don't have that cluttered look.

Or, just hold a garage sale and let the stuff go bye-bye!

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Another garage system May 15, 2005 7:40 AM

Here's another garage system at stacksandstacks ..

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 May 17, 2005 7:48 PM

We tried the yard sale thing and nobody wanted some of this "clutter." Short of recontainering it and leaving it out for the trash pickup, what we found works well is to set it out along the street. Invariably someone will pick some of the "clutter" up! If they can't see it clearly, it has a tendancy to disappear overnight! We will not take it back as it was left as is!

Peace, love, and beauty

Ross

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 May 18, 2005 11:24 AM

I strongly believe that a majority of things stored in garages (attics and basements, as well) are stored as a resting place before final burial.  I wrote an article on this once and will try to find the link.

Thing is, I'm sometimes guilty of doing this, too.  I'll occassionally put something in the garage I don't want in my house anymore and later, when going through the stuff, determine I don't really need it, will probably not use it again, and could easily and affordably get it again if need be.

A lot of gifts and regifting (hand-me-downs) end up in people's garage.  Things we don't want but afraid to throw away in case the gift-giver asks us about it.  One time my brother gave me this really gawdy-fountain because he knew I love fountains and I threw it away.  He came over and asked me where it was, and I said I broke it.  I call this a white-lie but better not to offend anyone, yes?!

So, why not put things we don't want in the trash (or curb-side) in the first place?!  After all, it saves a garage from accumulating stuff, wouldn't it? 

I have a new policy now: if I want to take an item to the garage, I ask myself a lot of questions about the item before placing it there.  Because, if it's just going to be a resting place before I finally bury it, why bother?!

And if you don't want to throw it away right away, keep a box of these items and later put the box on the curb-side marked "free" and those things will find another home!

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