It’s never too early to start planning for “spring cleaning.” Why not tackle your messy garage this year? Organizing the garage can seem like an impossible task to some, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Here are some helpful tips to streamline the process.

Start Fresh

When possible, start with a clean garage. If you’re moving into a new house, you’re already off to an excellent start. However, if not, then this may be the most challenging part of organizing the garage. Your first three tasks to complete are to:

  1. Pick a sunny day.
  2. Park your car somewhere else.
  3. Empty the garage as well as you can.

If you don’t believe you can organize the garage in one day, rent a portable storage container.


Categorizing is hands-down the most important part of organizing a garage. Separate items into four categories—trash, recycle, donate, and of course, keep. Other items you may want to group are holiday decorations, tools, gardening, and automotive items. Taking the time to put like-items together will make it easier for you to find what you need when you need it. Be sure to categorize according to what works for what you’ll store in the garage.

Boxes and Containers

Stick with three standard sizes of boxes or containers. You’ll need some small, medium, and large. If you have shelving, measure the dimension before purchasing boxes or storage containers. Also, make sure that what you chose stacks well.

Pegboard and Shelving

Putting up shelving and pegboards is a small investment worth making when it comes to organization. Pegboards are cheap and easy to install. They give you quick and easy access to tools and regularly used items.

If you have more money to spend, shelves are an excellent option. Depending on your budget, you can easily find affordable DIY options or hire a company that installs full storage and shelving systems.


With most of the hard work done, you’re ready to place everything you’re keeping back into the garage. For ease of access, store what you use most at waist height and eye level. Above and below, place seasonal or items you don’t need as often. Heavy items should always go below and properly secured.

Caution! Be sure to read the labels for properly storing automotive, gardening chemicals, or other flammable items before choosing where to store them. Some may need a ventilated space or have other storage requirements.

Organizing a Garage

If all of this seems like a lot to do, don’t worry. You can take it all in steps. Pick a weekend and get rid of what you don’t need. The next weekend, focus on installing shelves or pegboards. Take one final weekend to bring what you want to keep back in. You’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is to have a neatly organized garage.

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