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Table of Contents

-Did you know?
-Monthly Mission – Garages and Basements
-What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com – Recent site additions
-Quick Garage Organizing Tips


I’m still waiting for that warmer weather as we’ve had a cooler than typical April in my area. In the meantime, I’ve been working with my daughter to make some more space in her bedroom. It’s a slow process, but we’re getting there. Progress, not perfection, right?!

Did you know…

A 1994 study done by the U.S. Department of Energy found that 25% of people with two-car garages didn't park any cars in them and 32% parked only one. When it came to three-car garages, only 13% parked three cars.

What’s in those garages? Likely, clutter. What’s in yours? Do you keep your expensive car outside so you can use your garage as a storage area?

The Monthly Mission – Garages and Basements

I wouldn’t recommend you take on both your garage and basement all in one weekend. Maybe not even in the same month, depending how cluttered things are. I would suggest you pick one, or even a corner of one to tackle this month. Remember, progress, not perfection. So, if you can clear out a section of your garage or basement to make it more functional and clear, then that’s all that matters.

To read more about the monthly mission for May, click here.

Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Adding A Closet Shelf - See how adding a quick and simple shelf to a closet can add functional space.

Spice Rack - See before and after photos of my spice storage including my new spice rack.

Garage Makeover - before and after photos of my personal garage makeover. See how we tackled the problems and ended up with a functional garage.

Streamline Your Morning Routine - Ideas to help you get out the door in the morning and be on time for work or school.

Storage Shed Organization - Before and after photos of my storage shed reorganization project.

Toy Organizing Project - After Christmas I had to do some toy re-organizing. Here is a before and after of my little toy organizing project.

Bathroom Drawer Make Over - How to organize a bathroom drawer, an example with before and after photos.

Stop Clutter - Quick simple tips on how to stop the clutter from coming into your home in the first place.

Quick Garage Organizing Tips

Here’s a quick overview to organizing your garage. To read more details, go to the Monthly Mission for May, above.

Declutter – Whether you decide to tackle the whole garage in a day, or break it down into smaller sessions, you need to go through everything in there and decide what to keep and what to toss. It’s a necessary evil. To help inspire you and keep you going, make sure you have a clear vision of what you want your garage to be like when you’re done, and think of it often when you’re deciding whether or not to keep something. You can then ask yourself, “Do I need this item, or would I rather have the space to build my dream garage?”

Zones – You need to keep like belongings together. Put together a gardening zone, a work bench and tool zone, kids toys, laundry, etc. It all depends on what kind of belongings you have. Make everyday stuff easy to find and access.

Go Vertical – This is a crucial space saver and organizing tip. In order to keep the main area of your garage open for vehicles, you need to organize upwards. Go as high as you can and store things up the walls or hanging from the ceiling. Put things you access the least, like holiday decorations, on those upper shelves.

Maintain – Make sure everything has a place to live. Use labeling on containers to help you remember where everything goes. And be sure to put things away when you’re done with them. And just in case you aren’t 100% diligent about that, try to make a point to tidy up every couple weeks so things don’t get out of hand. Next year, have an annual maintenance garage organizing session. See if there are any more items you’d like to get rid of. As well, make adjustments to where and how things are stored if they’re not quite working for you.

Tackling that garage can be a daunting task. But I can tell you from experience, it can also be hugely rewarding!

Until next time, happy organizing!


Tracy Greene

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