Organize the Garage into Zones

Let’s face it, many of us just don’t know how to organize properly, especially in large areas like the garage. We may be fine with cleaning and decluttering, but when it comes to a true garage organization plan, we just don’t have one.

A simple redesign of your garage can make all the difference.  Try assigning “zones” to each section of the garage.

First of all, what are storage zones?

Storage zones are areas in your garage where certain items should be stored. Sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised at how many garages have items scattered instead of gathered together in certain designated areas.

Let’s get you started in the right direction…

Zone 1 – Household items – You’ll want to store bulk items like laundry detergent, toilet paper, pet food, extra pantry supplies, brooms, mops and buckets, the vacuum and any other items you are likely to use inside your home in this area. Keep this zone close to the interior door leading to your garage for convenience within reach.

Zone 2 – Yard tools and garden supplies – This particular area should be kept toward the front of the garage since you’ll want these items to be handy while the front garage door is open and you’re working on the lawn.

Zone 3 – Workshop space – Keep your hammers, pliers, nuts, bolts and clamps in the area of your workbench. A sufficient workshop zone  is the key to being successful with your home “fix-it” projects.

Zone 4 – Sports Equipment – Baseball bats, soccer balls, bike equipment, even a kayak! Keep these items together for quick grab-and-go availability.

Zone 5 – Holiday decorations – Plastic storage bins and totes are a great way to organize this type of stuff. These items are not accessed often, so can be stored on shelves up and out of the way. Be sure to clearly label all bins to make locating particular items an easy process.

Depending on the types of items you have and your particular interests and hobbies, you may have several more zones.

* The single most important thing to remember is to group “like” items together.

Life works so much better when it’s organized!



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