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Spring Cleaning Part 9: Garage Closets & Storage

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So it is time for some Spring Cleaning in my house. I thought why not share tips and resources I use or find in my quest to finally tackle a household of 6 mess. Have you done any Spring Cleaning in your home yet this year? Today’s Blog topic is all about the Garage, Closets, and Storage.

As I talked about in Spring Cleaning Part 2: What do I need? I have a sorting system I label GTSM for Giveaway, Trash, Store, or Move. I start every room with that first. I go through to find any broken items, can’t fit, or  I no longer want or need to giveaway or trash. Anything that doesn’t belong in that room I decide if it needs to be moved or stored somewhere else. Then I start on the cleaning of all these areas from top to bottom. You can get my free checklists by clicking below.

I’m sure whether or not you use your garage for a storage unit (like me) or you actually put your car in there with some storage going around it doesn’t get cleaned all too often.

After getting everything uncluttered before moving it into an organizational system I would want to pull it all out and clean the floor. I found ideas on doing that at allgaragefloors.com they go over the basics, what to use, and how to get different types of stains cleaned up. Click on the picture below or link to the site to check them out.

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Now for the fun part organizing the garage. What do you want to store or keep out there? What are you going to put it on? So I store many different things in the garage and I have probably tried every kind of shelf imaginable and most are too time consuming to put together, or won’t hold enough weight or lean and collapse when I finally get everything set up on it. Let me suggest my all time favorite shelving unit!!! It is called an origami shelf have you ever heard of one? My mom actually introduced them to me and I haven’t gotten anything else since. They are super easy to set up (completely built right out of the box), they collapse if you don’t need them, they hold a TON of weight, never fall over, and the ROLL around (and have brakes if you don’t want it to). I’ve even bought covers for mine since I use some for my pantry storage.

I got them off Amazon and here is a link to the size that is my favorite: Origami

Here are a couple photos  that I pulled off Amazon and a Youtube video to better see how they work.

Here are some frugal storage ideas to organize your garage from thebudgetdecorator.com

Image from thebudgetdecorator.com

Need tips on how to make it work for a ton of storage or small spaces here are over 20 clever ideas for both of those from apartment therapy.com

Image from apartmenttherapy.com

Have you ever thought about turning your garage into a home gym? I would be great with this as long as either it is air conditioned or at least the weather in the area is year round cool. I did find some really great picture ideas to create a home garage gym on garage-gyms.com. You can check them out by clicking the picture or link below.

Image from garage-gyms.com

So maybe you don’t have a garage to organize storage or just want to have a closet to organize cleaning supply stuff. I found some great tips from the36thavenue.com

Image from the36thavenue.com

Here are 28 more clever ideas on organizing storage and garage areas at listotic.com here is just one of them below. Never thought of using a paper towel holder for trash bags!

Image by listotic.com

I’m sure all of these ideas will also help to organize an attic, or another storage area you have at your home. If you have any other tips or ideas you would like to share please add them to the comments below.

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