Get the Garage in Order

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine

Organize Your Garage in No Time by Barry Izsak (Que, 2005)

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Garages come in many shapes and sizes, but most have one thing in common: clutter. Faced with a mountain of old sports equipment, broken lawnmowers, and little-used tools, some home owners have a hard time finding room in the garage for their car. But when it comes time to sell a house, disorganization in this all-important area is a turnoff to potential buyers, who’ll be unable to imagine their own stuff in the space. This book—filled with checklists, photos, and practical tips—will help sellers turn their garage into an asset. The guide also benefits buyers who want to make the most of their new garage. Home owners will learn how to analyze their storage needs, decide what to throw away, and eliminate safety hazards. Money-saving tips and creative storage solutions also make this book worth the read.

Tips From the Book:

  • Empty the garage. If you plan to tackle a garage organization project in one day, it’s most effective to remove everything from the garage, or from large sections of it, and haul it to the driveway. There, you can sort through it easier and group similar items together. Just be sure that you don’t drag out more than you can deal with during the time you have allotted to the project. Otherwise, you’ll end up dragging it all back in.
  • Keep, donate, or throw away. Separate your items into one of these three categories. When deciding which category to place each item, ask yourself some important questions: When was the last time you used it, if ever? Is the item in good working condition and safe to keep? It is something that’s still useful and relevant? Do you have a place to keep it? What is the worst thing that would happen if you got rid of it?
  • Use what you already have. Before you decide to buy new organizing systems for the garage, look around the house and ask yourself if you have any furniture that you’re no longer using or have considered replacing. That old dresser, buffet, bookcase, TV card, or filing cabinet can make attractive, original, and economical garage storage systems.