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For most dads, the garage doubles as a workshop. It sometimes even triples as a tool shed and storage for other “man stuff” – if you know what I mean. Well, a man’s got to have his own personal space at home, doesn’t he? And apart from almost every other part of the house, the garage seems to provide the most privacy. After all, in the garage, children aren’t allowed to play. Wives don’t particularly enjoy the sight of car parts and the smell of car fluid either.

Garage Organizational Tips

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For most dads, the garage doubles as a workshop. It sometimes even triples as a tool shed and storage for other “man stuff” – if you know what I mean. Well, a man’s got to have his own personal space at home, doesn’t he? And apart from almost every other part of the house, the garage seems to provide the most privacy. After all, in the garage, children aren’t allowed to play. Wives don’t particularly enjoy the sight of car parts and the smell of car fluid either. So if there’s any part of the house that feels like a man’s sanctuary, it’s got to be the garage.

However, it is also precisely because the garage lacks the female touch that it can end up looking so dishevelled sometimes. The small, four-cornered room can be filled with so much clutter that some items we store inside can get lost amidst the chaos – making it difficult and almost impossible for us to maintain our patience while searching for the things we’ve misplaced. A messy garage may give off a very “masculine” vibe but it is nonetheless, a huge pain to deal with.

Thus, the need for a cleaner and neater garage is evident in every home. When everything is kept and stored well, searching for necessary items won’t feel like diving in a pile of junk. Surely, you will enjoy a better, stress-free time working on your garage.

Question now is, how do you go from heaps and heaps of clutter to a well-organized garage? Where does one even start the transformation? I anticipated that this much will worry you. So I went ahead and thought up several ways for you to clean up that garage in no time! If you’re ready to hear it, then I’m also ready to tell you all about it. Here we go!

Declutter: Throw Everything You Don’t Need Away

Your garage is a mess. Well, I can understand that. To be honest, I can actually relate to your situation. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I’d probably end up experiencing the same thing all over again – that is, if I choose to let go of all the hard work I’ve exerted in cleaning up my mess. But before we even get to that topic, let me tell you something I’ve observed during my own garage clean-up.

There were so many things I thought I needed but were practically useless in the end.

When you start cleaning up yours, I place a good bet you’ll wind up realizing the same thing. All too often, the reason why we end up with a very messy garage is because we love to store or pile up useless stuff inside. Got an old magazine? Put it in the stash. I might get to use it someday. Got greasy old engine parts? Store it in the big drawer. I might be able to put it to good use one day.

Let me tell you something: The words “might” and “someday” often mean trouble. These are two of the favorite words people with hoarding disorder love to use! Not that I’m diagnosing you as one, though. What I’m trying to say is that tucking something away for future use, even when it’s obviously useless, is a complete waste of time, effort, and most importantly – SPACE. What are you planning to do with an old magazine? Burn it? Use it for origami? By any chance, are you planning to become a collage artist someday? Really, I don’t see the point in keeping these kinds of items. I even find it silly how I used to be in exactly the same boat you’re (probably) in right now.

Let those things go. Leave them to become the problem of garbage collectors, not yours. I’m telling you, you won’t find a need for them anytime soon. More clutter will come; best get rid of what you can for now.

Organize: Install Wall-Mounted Cabinets & Other Drawers

After you’ve successfully decluttered your garage and you’re now beginning to see that there is, in fact, a vacant space to store IMPORTANT items in, it’s time to think about efficient ways to maximize storage. Sure, putting a long table inside should provide enough space for your car tools for now but in the future, you might find yourself needing more of that space. Only by that time, things won’t be so easy to move around anymore.

While you’re in the midst of cleaning up your garage, it would be strategic to maximize your storage space in advance. You can do this by making the most out of what little space you have. Installing wall-mounted cabinets, for example, will help you utilize the wall area and use it as additional storage. You may also opt to install drawers instead of a plain, long table. There are many other things you can do actually. Make sure you jive things up.

Transform: Add Useful Items & Accessories

When you’re done clearing out what you DON’T need, it’s time to get what you DO need. Surely, there are many new technologies available today that were non-existent during the time you built your garage. But I don’t even want to guess what year that was.

If you have the time and the budget, try going around local hardware shops and car parts stores. You can also go online to update yourself with the latest car technologies. You can even do your research about simple yet practical topics like which car wash soap brands are best or where you can buy the best windshield wiper blades. Remain innovative and up-to-date. Transform your garage into an actual car parlor – not an extension of your storage shed.

Maintain: Diligently Clean After Your Mess Whenever You Use The Garage

So we’ve finally arrived to this topic. As I was saying earlier, cleaning up your garage is only the first of your problems. What comes after is more difficult as it will require discipline and a whole lot of effort. After transforming your garage into the real deal, you are indefinitely tasked to maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of it. This is where things get a little challenging.

But, important piece of advice:  When you get tired of maintaining the cleanliness of your garage, just remember how exhausted you were when you FINALLY cleaned it. You’ll have to go through the same agonizing experience if you don’t get yourself together! So, shake that laziness off and get your butt to work!

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