Are you cars left out in the cold each night staring at the closed garage door? IT might be time to reclaim your garage and actually shelter your cars. You’ve no doubt made quite an investment in your vehicles and storing them in the garage overnight can prolong their life and preserve the exterior. Harsh sun light and bitter cold temperatures can be harmful to the finishing paint used on most vehicles. Follow these suggestions from the organizational gurus to begin the process of reclaiming your garage!
The first step is to assess the volume of items and begin to separate pieces into piles. If you’ve allowed your family or friends to store belongings in your garage, give them notice that it’s now time to reclaim them. Before purchasing bins for storage, the sorting must take place. Set these items in a separate pile. If you’ve not used something in years, it may well be time to let go of it. Make piles for donation, garbage and consignment. There are no doubt a multitude of items that simply do not belong in the garage and would best be housed in the basement or attic. When the sorting is complete, begin to assess the volume of items that are to remain in the garage keeping in mind that there should be ample space to enter two vehicles.
Begin to place like items in piles. Seasonal decorations should remain together as should gardening items. Tools and repair items as well as extra paint should be stored together. If your garage has high ceilings, take advantage of the wall space for items that don’t need to be accessed frequently. Consider taking advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and snag a JC Whitney coupon and purchase sturdy garage shelving. Tools, gardening items and sporting equipment all fit nicely on these metal shelving units. When using large bins for storage, be sure to label them with the contents and store such that the labels are visible.
While this may well have taken several weekends to accomplish, you’ve now succeeded in reclaiming your garage for your coveted cars. Congratulations on a job well done!