Monday, December 9, 2013

No Car Space? How to Get Your Car Garage Back

Junk has a way of creeping up on you. It starts with just a single cardboard box and pretty soon a massive pile of ‘stuff’ has accumulated - all the things you don’t know where else to put. Garages are commonly used as a storage space, but if you your car space has been invaded by so much junk that you are having trouble getting your car in, it’s time to act.

You may be putting off this task because there is simply nowhere else to put everything that has found a home in your garage. If this is the case you should consider hiring a storage space in a storage facility like Fort Knox Storage Mackay. Prices are reasonable, security is excellent and you will get your garage back!

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Here is a plan of attack for those of you who have decided you need your garage back.

Make Time


Set aside a weekend to clean out your garage. Try and enlist some support from your family. You could lure them with the promise of having a garage sale and sharing the cash with your helpers.

Shelve It


Consider installing a sturdy set of shelves on or against your garage walls. This will greatly facilitate organisation and will get your stuff off the floor. Measure the space you need for the car including some clearance space to determine the size of your shelving.


Four Piles


Unpack the contents of your garage and place everything in one of four piles; the rubbish pile; the sell or give away pile; the action needed pile; and lastly the ‘stays in the garage’ pile. The action needed pile is for items that need to mended, put back in the correct place or returned to their rightful owner.
You may have to get ruthless. If you don’t use something, you need to throw it away, give it away or sell it. If you don’t use it, get rid of it.


Organise


When you have determined what needs to stay in the garage, organise it into logical categories. Put all pool supplies together; put your pet equipment together; Christmas decorations etc. You get the idea. You can buy plastic boxes to fit into your shelving. Have a box for each collection and mark the lid or side of the box for easy identification. This will save you hours of frustration when you are trying to find something in the future.


Act on the Action Items


Don’t put your action pile back in the garage. Return things to their rightful owners or correct place, take broken items to get fixed or fix them yourself. If you don’t, you will end up with everything back in the garage. When it comes to broken items, consider whether the item is worth fixing. If in doubt, throw it out.


Clean


Lastly, sweep out your newly acquired space and cobweb and dust ceilings, walls and shelving.
Enjoy your new car space!

13 comments:

nova hedges said...

Very interesting and good tips on creating a garage more spacious for the car, sometimes because we think we have too much stuffs but the only thing we can do is to clean and organise them.

becca said...

these are great tips that i can use in cleaning out my closet thank you

Jennifer Williams said...

We have one of those cluttered garages. I finally got a spot cleared out for my car but only because I threatened to drive over everything in my way.

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

Very interesting and educational, thank you for the tips!

Chubskulit Rose said...

I need to do this before the end of the year.

Tingting R. said...

I like a clean space in any part of the house. These are good tips.

ronel said...

This is such an great idea to try. however, this may not doable here in the Philippines.

Peachyness said...

These are nice and very useful tips..

Mary Anne Vinzon said...

Thanks for all those great tips. I think as soon as possible I should clean our storage room in order to have more space.

Healy Harpster said...

I'm glad our garage is still visible but for those who need a storage, this will be a great help and helpful tips for them.

Anonymous said...

These are great tips, thank you!

Healy Harpster said...

Great and informative article. The tips are very useful and helpful for those who wants to have their garages back.

Dhadha said...

These tips are very useful. Thank you for sharing! :)