Man Land Organized

Shop OrganizedThe garage or shop can be an overwhelming space to organize.  They are often filled to the rim with all of our house cast-offs.  They are dirty.  They are dark.  They require storage solutions.

This beautiful shop (can I say that if it is a man cave?) is a great example of utilizing a space to its potential.

The key to a successful garage organization project is to fully empty, purge and sort the contents.  I know, it is A LOT to ask.  Enlist the help of friends and family or break it into several work days. I guarantee you that there are items in the dark crevasse of the garage/shop that you haven’t ventured into for years.  Good questions to ask yourself through the purging process are:

  1. How long has it been since I used this item? How long has it sat untouched?
  2. Am I safely storing this item?  Do I need to dispose of chemicals/paint responsibly? Are pictures/family heirlooms being preserved in such an environment to withstand the test of time?
  3. Is this a duplicate?
  4. How often do I need to access this item?
  5. Is there any evidence of pests?  If so, how will I rectify?
  6. Does this item even belong to me?
  7. Would this item be of more value/use to someone else?

Be ruthless.

The less you have to store, the more room you will have to make your space functional. Tarps are a great tool for sorting large quantities of things into categories.  Keep in mind what your “dream” is for this space and what items need to be purged in order to achieve your goal.

After the sort is done, immediately get rid of the items that need to be taken to the dump/garbage, donated or returned.  Your neighbors will thank you for not storing these things on the side of the house!

Get a pen and paper or your laptop and assess what your storage needs will be.  How many cans of USABLE, LABELED paint will you be storing?  Do you need to separate items into smaller bins for ease of use?  Will shelves need to be implemented?  Will you need to fashion an area to work in your shop/garage or is it just for storage?  Will a vehicle need to be accommodated? Does this area also function as a mudroom?  These types of question will enable your space to take shape.shop #1

Personalize the space

Finally, make the space your own.  I love that the owner of this shop painted his favorite hockey team’s colors on the wall.  Claiming your space by putting your “style stamp” on it is a key to maintenance (more on this in an upcoming post).

shop #3shop #5shop #2The weekend is coming and spring is in the air.  Your garage or shop is just waiting to be organized!

Happy Organizing-Lorinda at Vacaville Organizer

 

 

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