It’s getting to be that time again. You need to start making room for your pallets of wood pellets that you’ll be using soon. We’ve shown you how to stack a few tons in a small space, but what if you need more room? Here are some handy organization tips from the experts at Houzz:
It’s easy to become overwhelmed on projects like this when you jump in with no plan. It’s best to start with some rough guidelines and goals.
Before moving anything, look around the garage and see if there are larger items that you know you’d like to let go of. Start a list of To Sell and/or To Donate items. Move the bulky To Sell items out of your space, photograph them and list them right away. Remove the bulkier To Donate items and load them up to be transported away. You can always add to your To Sell and your To Donate piles as you go, but now we have freed up some space by starting with the larger items.
You won’t really know how long this garage decluttering could take – especially if there is a lot to be done. Just focus on the first weekend, and solidly schedule that into your calendar. If you’re having trash and/or donations pickups, schedule those in coordination with your decluttering. Having others scheduled in will make it easier to stay on task. Repeat this step over how ever many weekends it takes to finish the job.
If you know that you’ll have hazardous materials to get rid of, find out how/where to dispose of it all ahead of time. Waste like pesticides, motor oil, and pool chemicals can’t just be dumped down the drain. Save a space in your work area for these items to be placed as you work. Once your special waste pile is complete, you can take care of it right away.
If you’re able, install some wall-mounted storage and cabinets. These will help you organize better and make the best use of your space. Locked cabinets are essential for keeping hazardous items away from children, and wall-mounted storage protects the contents from any moisture or leaks on the floor. You should also consider hiring a professional to install overhead storage racks. These are great for moving seasonal and less-used items up and out of the way.
This is also the perfect time to move items in cardboard boxes into sturdier plastic containers with lids. If you’re using bins and shelves, make sure to clearly label everything on the side facing out -so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.
When you’re mapping out your storage solutions, make the front section of your space the area for most frequently used items. This makes it easy to grab the things you use more, and easier to put them away when you’re done using them. If you’re an avid gardener, install shelves for all your tools, or wire baskets for your kids’ outdoor activities, racks for family bicycles, and so on.
The best way to keep your newly organized space nice and clutter-free, is to view it as a part of your home. It’s a useful space for storage, not a dumping ground. Now that you’ve cleared away unnecessary items and junk, you have a clean, safe space for your wood pellets to live!
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