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The 10 Step Process to Organizing your Garage

According to the book Eliminate Chaos: The 10 Step Process to Organize your Home & Life by Laura Leist, the 10 steps to garage organization are as follows:

  1. Dedicate Time – If you are serious about organizing your garage, you must schedule time on your calendar to complete the task.Garage organization requires persistent dedication.
  2. Gather Supplies –  Use 5 large moving boxes and label them as follows: trash, donate, give to family and friends, garage sale, and eBay and/or consignment. Shopping for garage accessories is usually in item number 8 but in this step you will need to purchase several sizes of covered plastic bins for safe and dry storage. You will also need markers to label the 5 boxes.
  3. Establish a Staging Area – You will need room to walk around so you will need a staging area for all your stuff. This can be your driveway or yard.
  4. Sort – Create a list of categories of the items and designate an area in your garage where they will be stored. This list will help you locate items when you need them.
  5. Purge – This is the step when you have to make some tough decisions. What will I keep and what must go? The key to organizing any area of your home is to get rid of clutter. What is clutter? One way to define clutter is any item that you haven’t used in a year. Of course there are exceptions to this rule but it works in most cases. Once you decide to get rid of an item, do it immediately.
  6. Group Like Items Together – This shows you how much stuff you have in each category.
  7. Examine your Space – In this step you will have to consider the purpose you want your garage to serve. Use your list of categories to draw a sketch of where you want everything to be stored in your garage.
  8. Shop – In this step you will purchase the products necessary to complete your garage organizing project.
  9. Install the Products – This is the step where you install the garage storage systems.
  10. Maintain – This is the most important step in the process of organizing your garage. After your garage is organized, you must maintain this organization on a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Failure to follow this step will lead you back to where you started.