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Organizing Your Garage

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Unused household items always end up in our garage. We spend a weekend annually planning and executing a clean out. Here are some tips we’ve developed over the years:  

Empty the entire garage—broken lamps, fencing, never used tiki lanterns, paint cans and more. Now it’s time for the shop vac—windows with cobwebs and dead insects to floor. Windows get washed. Look for signs of infestation; plug up crevices to prevent returning mice.

We sort the inventory into piles. The transfer station gets a load – other items will be donated to The Bargain Barn in Sharon, Ct., or to Prime Finds in Lakeville, Ct.

Then we organize remaining items. Garden pots, tools, furniture, and other spring items are relegated to one space. Fall items, de-icer, shovels, and rakes are relegated to another.  

Hooks and shelves add real value. Trimming equipment, jumper cables, etc. hang on hooks; shelving holds fluids and sprays in easy sight. A shelf built above the garage door openers holds pool toys and lumber.

Somehow the cleanout lasts but one year...

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