Garages are one of the most multi-purpose rooms in our homes. It used to be that the garage was used mostly to store cars, but for many of us it has been years since our cars have been inside the garage. This room in our homes serves many different purposes and I believe it can work very well for us if we take the time to clear away things that are no longer serving us.
When I was tidying up our garage the other day and doing some fine-tuning on our storage I noticed that there were over 20 categories of items in our garage. That is amazing! The garage can be: a pantry, a workshop, an art studio, a repair shop, a recycling center and so much more!
Garages deserve some love because they work very hard to keep many facets of our lives in order. I know in our garage we have an extra fridge where we keep extra drinks for guests and parties, a tool bench, extra pantry storage, extra kitchen storage, board game storage, holiday storage, emergency kit, memory boxes, outdoor gear, extra tables and chairs, paint and so much more.
What I have found that works is to create zones out of the categories that you have in your garage. That way, when you need something from the garage, you know which zone to go to so that you can find what you are looking for. It is important to go through all of your boxes, bags and cabinets to find out what you have first, let go of what’s no longer serving you or no longer useful and then categorize items leftover. In this way we can be mindful of what we have and put it to good use, while passing on items that others may find a use for.
That being said, be patient with yourself because often the garage is a place of the “beautiful flux” as I talked about in a previous post. Sometimes when there are home projects going on, the garage can become a workshop and staging area for those things temporarily. Don’t let that mess discourage you. If the garage is in good order, the mess can be cleared away quite quickly and order will be restored.
What categories do you have in your garage? Leave me a comment below! :)
With lots of love,