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We are kicking off a new series for the month of July based on my CLUTTER CLINIC™ speaker series. Over the next 5 weeks we are going to talk about some of the most popular trouble areas to keep organized.
Throughout our series we are going to cover everything from closets, to kitchens, to kids spaces, home offices and more!
Today we’re starting with the big guns…GARAGES! (FYI, several of the strategies we cover also translate for attics and basements, or storage units, so even if you don’t have a garage, you’ll want to listen in.)
This episode is packed with lots of info which I’ve detailed in the show notes. So let’s get started!
Garage Stats: 2021
- About 9% of Americans rent storage space, even though 65% of those homeowners have a garage.
- 50% of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house.
- When purchasing a home, 80% of buyers factor in the garage when making their decision.
- Too Much Stuff
- Forgotten Area (aka dumping ground)
- Multi-Zone Area
- High Traffic Area
- Lack of (or wrong) Products
10 Garage Tips:
- Identify how you want the space to function: cars, tools, sports, seasonal, etc
- Assess the space you have to work with (use walls, ceilings, when you can )
- If you have a lot of stuff, get a dumpster or a dumpster bag (prepare!)
- Get bins for categorizing (ie car supplies, household, gardening)
- 4 piles (KEEP, DONATE, RECYCLE, RELOCATE)
- Zone “LIKE with LIKE”
- Use clear bins so you can see inside
- Schedule an organizing date on your calendar!
- Maintenance (we recommend twice a year)
- Getting a buddy or call a professional
Try to remember that your garage is an extension of your home. When we free up space in the garage, it can provide options to eliminate other trouble areas inside the home. Make sure to download our free garage checklist on our website!
P.S We’ll be back next week talking about CLOSETS!
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