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    3 Steps to an Organized Garage

    When many of us get bit by the spring cleaning bug, one of the first places we start is the garage. Following the holiday months, particularly, when families have holiday decorations and bulky winter gear spewed across their garages and attics, the idea of going all “Marie Kondo” on the garage sounds very attractive. After all, if you live in a state that gets pounded by snow and ice, a clean garage means a warm car every morning! If you plan to roll up your sleeves and tackle a garage organization project this spring, check out this three-step process to get you started!

    1. Declutter

    Before you make your way to your local home improvement store to stock up on storage bins and wire shelving, the first thing you need to do is declutter. For many of us, a good portion of the “junk” in our garage is just that—junk. Start by throwing away or donating items you no longer use or need. Consider recycling boxes, glass, or other items your local recycling company is willing to take, and don’t forget to properly dispose of any type of toxic items such as car batteries or paint.

    2. Sort

    Now that you know what you’ll keep, you can sort things by use. For example, all sports equipment can be in one place, garden tools and equipment in one place, and holiday decorations can be sorted together. It’s also helpful to sort things by how often you use them. Holiday decorations, for example, can be stored on top shelves or in labeled totes that you don’t necessarily have easy access to.

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    3. Store

    Once you know what you plan to keep, it’s time to find a smart and efficient way to store everything. There are a lot of options available depending on your budget, space, and needs. Some of the most popular garage storage solutions include:

    • Wall tracks—Add tracks and hooks to your garage walls to hang brooms, shovels, ladders, rakes, and other large items to save space.

    • Bins—storage bins come in different sizes, colors, and styles, and help you organize items that you don’t need access to regularly. I recommend labeling your bins so you can easily find items.

    • Shelves—garage shelves come in all different sizes, styles, and at different price points. From smaller wire units, to heavy-duty, sturdier units, you Find shelves that fit your needs to neatly place storage bins, buckets, paint, and other items.

    • Overhead storage—utilize every inch of your garage—including the ceiling! If you’re handy, there are DIY options, or you can purchase a readymade system at most local hardware stores.

    With a little sweat equity and a long weekend, you could have your garage in tip-top organizational shape! What are some organizational hacks you like to use in your garage or around your home? Share them with us in the comments below!

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    Jennifer Sims

    Jennifer Sims is a California native but got to Texas as quickly as she could! She graduated with a bachelors degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Dallas, Texas. After 10 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex it was time to take a step toward a more simple life, and Waco, Texas was the big winner! Jennifer has been a licensed loan originator since 2017. She has a passion for helping everyone achieve the dream of homeownership. Jennifer enjoys finding creative solutions for homebuyers. She finds joy in delivering the best customer service through quick response times and thoughtful interactions. Jennifer’s favorite part of her role as a mortgage lender is getting to know each of her clients on a personal level and helping them stay calm and confident throughout the entire loan process.

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