Tuesday, September 2, 2014
In honor of "National Clean Out Your Garage Day" which is the Saturday after Labor Day, Traci Connell Interiors is making it a office-wide holiday! Everyone would love to have a clean, organized and presentable garage… especially when the door is open. How do you make that happen? And even more, how do you KEEP it looking that way?
We have a few tips on how to make AND keep your garage free of clutter.
- First, try to get as much off the floor as possible. It goes without saying, when you can see the floor…clutter seems to disappear. Make use of wall storage or even ceiling hung storage. Use bins, baskets and buckets (the 3 B’s) to “hide” / organize all the miscellaneous pieces that seem to end up lying around in strange places.
- Second, empty and start over. By taking everything out of your garage, you are able to reassess the situation, donate items you can part with and then put it all back (or maybe throw away what you DON'T need!) in an organized manner.
- Third…Label! If you have adequately utilized your bins and storage solutions, you will NEED to label. You can create cute or simple labels, but as long as they are grouped with "like" items. This helps you to easily locate all those “miscellaneous pieces” that you stored away back in step 1. By putting tools with tools and gardening items with gardening items, you shouldn’t need to tear the garage apart each time you go to look for that one missing item.
- And Fourth... last but not least… Keep it up! If its neat and tidy, it will encourage other family members to KEEP it neat and tidy. Everyone has to do their job. If you get something out, make sure to put it back where you found it and you will not have to go on a scavenger hunt each time you need it again!
Yes, this will take several hours…maybe even days to complete, but following these tips will help you breath easier each time you head out to the car, or begin yard work, or even just take the trash out. The garage will be a place you can enjoy, not be scared of!
And most importantly, be sure to follow the FOURTH step very closely… then maybe next year on the Saturday after Labor Day, you won't be stuck out in the heat pulling old boxes and dead leaves out of your garage! ;)
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The award-winning entrepreneur creates gorgeous interiors that also offer livable-style. Traci says: “What good is a luxurious home if you can’t actually live in it?” That philosophy drives her to provide high-end interior design that really lasts for every one of her clients.
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