It’s Time to Organize on National Clean Out Your Garage Day

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What is the current state of your garage?  Is it organized? Tidy? Clean? If so, good for you!  But if it isn’t any of those things, I can completely relate.  I’m a fairly organized person.  I like to keep things tidy.  But my garage is chaos.  It is completely unmanageable.  For my family the garage tends to be one of the places we “dump” things.  Not really sure where it goes?  Put it in the garage, has become our motto.  There are a variety of toys, tools, and miscellaneous stuff.  But amongst all the chaos is an obvious misuse of space.  I have numerous items on the floor and on the shelf, but I don’t have anything on a huge portion of the wall.

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Did you know today is National Clean Out Your Garage Day?  Don’t worry if you didn’t know, I was not aware of this date until fairly recently.  The idea is simple~ designate a day (it obviously doesn’t need to be today) to make your garage safe and prepared for the fall/winter season.

Check out these tips from The Lehigh Group to help you get your garage organized this season!

·         Sort the Mess – Separate your items into categories. Then pitch, donate or sell items you don’t use. After deciding what stays, separate the garage into zones for storing each category of items, and then choose the most appropriate storage method.

·         Go Vertical – Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space to easily convert for storage through use of hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails and overhead systems. For example, The Lehigh Group makes a variety of Crawford®-brand flexible mesh storage organizers that hang on the wall and can hold up to 25 lbs. They are particularly suited to accommodate awkward or bulky items, from pet toys to work gloves and camping equipment.

·         Securely Store Hazardous Items – Place toxic materials such as paint, paint thinner, weed and bug killers, fertilizer and gasoline in high cabinets or lockable tool chests out of children’s reach. Use well-supported shelves to store cleaning solutions and vehicle fluids. Tool hangers, like the Crawford®-brand smart system, work well to store tools and extension cords. The steel rail can be hung on any type of wall. Select models can hold up to 48 tools.

With these tips in mind we used two different Crawford® brand items to help us get a start on our garage.

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I didn’t select a theme for the use of my new space, but instead I added miscellaneous items that the kids don’t need.  We hung the mesh system and the smart system high above the reach of the kids.  This is an easy method to help keep them safe.

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I made sure to add my limb clippers as I always seem to misplace this handy tool.  Now, I will remember it is safe and out of reach of the kids, but yet handy for me!

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At this point I have our toxic chemical sprayer and the inflator pump, but I have space to include more.  These s-hooks and clips make it easy to handy a variety of items.  In fact I think I’d like one of these in a closet in the house as well.

I can not claim that our garage is mess free.  Unfortunately it will take a bit more organization before we are at that point, but we did take the first steps.

Did you participate in National Clean Out Your Garage Day, today?  Will you organize your garagea  before winter?

To help one Mama Report reader get there garage ready for winter they will receive an Advanced 16 in Smart System and Flexible Storage Organizer.

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Comments

  1. Julie Goetz says

    My garage isn’t organized for any month. It is messy, messy. It is on my to do list.

  2. No I have no storage or organization in my garage. It is one of my projects on my to do list

  3. Absolutely not! We’ll get it ready in the fall by packing the bikes away and getting the sleds ready

  4. Christy Anderson says

    No, we moved into our house about a year ago and our garage is still a mess!

  5. Kathy Davis says

    NO, we still have all the camping, river, canoe stuff out.

  6. susan smoaks says

    no we have to get it organized for the winter and year round!

  7. Our garage is a mess and full of my husband’s junk.

  8. My garage is never organized. I have a smaller garage than necessary for what I need it to do because ours doubles as a barn to store hay.

  9. Not yet lo

  10. I do not have a garage but surprisingly my storage building is organized. (mainly because my mom came and got her stuff she had stored there)

  11. Megan Parsons says

    For the most part yes! I have been working on organizing it all summer and it’s looking good : )

  12. Orgasnized for winter? Bahahahaha My garage is never organized.

  13. Sue Ellison says

    My garage is definitely not organized! Everything is laying on the floor in no special order, I could use some help.

  14. Yes, our garage is organized.

  15. It is not organized at all at the moment

  16. sandra davis says

    no my garage is always unorganized

  17. no it’s not yet organized!

  18. Mary Casper says

    my garage is not organized for any month

  19. My garage is definitely not organized for winter.

  20. Cathy Tougher says

    NO!!! It needs help!

  21. Seyma Shabbir says

    No it is not, It is not organized for anything! 🙂

  22. We are getting there – the pool is closed and various items moved to the shed. The snowthrower is already moved from shed to garage … not that we want to hurry the snow at all.

  23. Nicole Vosburgh says

    Not at all :/

  24. My garage is and has been a complete mess, I don’t even know where to start!

  25. Mine is a mess. We have a 3 car garage but only 2 cars so the stuff piles up.

  26. Sarah Harding says

    Nothing is organized around here!

  27. Sacha Schroeder says

    Organized? What’s that? LOL!

  28. No I have no storage or organization in my garage.

  29. No, my garage is not organized for the winter months. Something we need to do!

  30. Monique Rizzo says

    Not yet, but knowing my hubby it will be soon.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  31. Not even close 🙂

  32. Not at all!

  33. No, not yet but hopefully will go organized it soon

  34. no we are not ready for winter

  35. No way. I always talk about getting it cleaned out but never have the time or energy to actually do it.

  36. It is mostly organized.

  37. No it’s a major disaster.

  38. Charlotte Padgett says

    No it isn ‘t organized as well as I wish it was.

  39. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    Not yet…but that’s my husband’s department, since he makes the mess in the garage!

  40. Our garage isn’t organized for the winter months yet.

  41. We just got a shelving system, so I spent some time organizing our garage.

  42. It kind of is but not in a nice way – it seems like we collect more and more each summer!

  43. no we need to organize it

  44. michelle oakley warner says

    oh no, i had an avalanche the other day, my husband doesnt work inside the garage he has to dig through his hoarding tool mess than work on the outside of it, he seems to think if you want something out of the way to just throw it in the garage it is horible,lol,its getting better, we have been working on it about 3 weeks now, on the weekends and we have space and roomto move around, crazy how things pile up and you dont realize

  45. Kerrie Mayans says

    No it is a complete mess with sports stuff all over it.

  46. Renee Walters says

    My garage is not organized at all.

  47. Nope, my garage is not organized at all.

  48. Tara Liebing says

    We don’t currently have a garage but we are moving at the end of this month and we will have a garage. I have been trying to think of organizational to use the little space we will have. This system would definitely help so hopefully it will be organized for winter.

  49. no we just moved a month ago and the garage is still a mess

  50. Diane Sallans says

    it’s not organized yet – this would be a great help!

  51. never organized

  52. Stephanie Larison says

    No, my husband hates going out there to organize it. It’s all his stuff out there, so I let him deal with it lol.

  53. Nope, not at all… which is terrible because I hate not being organized but hubby says it’s his territory, so I’d like him to get it cleaned up a a bit!

  54. christine jessamine says

    mine is not yet organized

  55. Elayna Spruill says

    so-so. It’s more of my husband’s department. lol

  56. Paula Michele Hafner says

    Unfortunately, no it’s not. It got trashed this summer.

  57. Not even close!!

  58. tina reynolds says

    sadly no organization at all

  59. Our garage is definitely not organized

  60. Linda Lansford says

    It is always organized

  61. We’re in the midst of a total garage overhaul–18 years of accumulation. It’s looking better, but not quite done!

  62. yes we keep it pretty tidy

  63. Ashley Pichon says

    Nope, all of our camping/fishing gear is still being used. Once we get our first snow we will put it all away!

  64. Wendy McBride says

    No, my garage is not organized for the Winter. Working on it a little at a time.

    wendym at cableone dot net

  65. friederike graedener says

    My garage is a total mess! It is embarrassing. For extra cash we take apart broken appliances in there and it shows… I could really use this, since all our camping and biking and gardening stuff is in the garage too

  66. No, I very rarely organize my garage.

  67. Brittney House says

    Not one bit.

  68. Brenda Elsner says

    No, not at all.

  69. Without a doubt!

  70. Kayci Stanley says

    Our garage is not yet organized, we have some work to do 🙂

  71. no it isnt

  72. William Krawic says

    Not yet. It’s a mess in there!

  73. Rebecca Lock says

    It was until we decided to do a bathroom remodel. I need to get it organized again soon.

  74. I could tell you, but then….OK; NO.

  75. Melinda Stephens says

    My garage isn’t even pretending to be organized right now.

  76. Negative. We need to make room for the car!

  77. wendy wallach says

    no it is not organized for the winter months

  78. Jennifer Reed says

    Unfortunately, no my garage is not organized for the winter months. I really need to do better organizing several areas but the garage is a major one.

  79. melikegarfield says

    Well, organized some. I cover the boxes with some plastic but we are in desperate need for a shelving system and some mounts for hanging stuff on the walls.

  80. I can barely step foot in my garage! I need all the help I can get!

  81. my garage is a long way from being organized for the winter

  82. Hah! No way. we try, but we just moved this summer and things just keep piling up in there as we realize they don’t need to be in the house.

  83. I does not look organized to me, but my husband could always find whatever he was looking for–unless I moved something.

  84. My husband keeps it organized.

  85. No it isn’t at all organized.

  86. Melanie Montgomery says

    Ours is a mess, we had a garage sale yesterday to try to clean out some of it.

  87. we have a big outdoor shed which is very disorganized I nee to get cracking on that

  88. no its not.its a mess

  89. It definitely needs some organization now!

  90. I’m with some of the other posters, I am not organized for any month, let alone winter lol! This looks like a handy thing to have!

  91. kinda sorta but not that much

  92. No I have no organization in my garage…

  93. No not yet but we are slowly working on it

  94. Michelle Tucker says

    My garage isn’t organized at all. This would help!

  95. Richard Hicks says

    Our garage is not organized for winter!

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  96. No, it isn’t organized yet.

  97. Yes it is.

  98. We don’t really have winter, but in either case, it’s never organized. We’ve tried a few times, but always fail because that garage sale never materializes, and we stink.

  99. Getting there!

  100. Not really

  101. No, it’s not.

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