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Mastering Efficiency and Organization

by Kuhrich on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Your garage is a vital part of your home, though sometimes we have a tendency to forget that it even exists. After all, over the course of a year, you can really fill it with quite a few useless items – useless as in you yourself no longer have a use for them, though others may some day – and as a result you end up being something of a hoarder, filling your garage with objects and forgetting that they are there. Eventually, your garage will be so full of “stuff” that you have no use for it beyond tossing more things in there!

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can easily make your garage spacious, maneuverable, more efficient, and more useful. This will require some creative thinking on your part as far as how your space is best utilized, and it will require a fair amount of time investment. Rome wasn’t built in a day. To get started, here some ideas you should consider while thinking about how best to organize your garage:

  1.     Use Every Dimension Available

You don’t just have vertical space in your garage: you also have horizontal space. You can take advantage of this not just by stacking crates or other items under tables and atop tables, but by using other furniture to more efficiently store, organize, and access your belongings. Shelves – both freestanding and attached to walls – are a great way to make the most of the space you have while not cluttering up your garage.

  1.     Grouping Is Important

A big part of staying organized is knowing where things go and where to go to get them. This will put you in the habit of keeping your garage tidy in the days to come. By grouping like items together – or at least, grouping items that have a similar purpose together – you can more easily track, organize, and store those items.

  1.     Label, Label, Label

Another key organizational practice is to label as many of the objects in your garage as possible. Whether you use sticky notes, stickers, a label gun, a printer, or some other method of labeling, it is vital that you consistently label everything that you can. Of course, you shouldn’t go overboard; too many labels make them all meaningless. Rather, your labeling should allow you to quickly and easily identify where objects go as well as where you can get them.

There is so much more you can do to improve the state of your garage this year, but ultimately, it all comes down to efficient organizational practices. Master those, and you’re golden.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com