01/6 2011

The Benefits of Garage Organization

by Ronique Gibson, Associate Architect & LEED Accredited Professional

The garage is the one room in the house that we think is ‘allowed’ to be disorganized. Even though your cars are parked in the driveway, and there is only a small path to get into the house, the thought of organization is far from our minds. The reality is, garage organization can help with your storage problems inside the house, allow you to park inside, and will help the resale of your home. Here are a few of the benefits to garage organization.

• Storage space inside your home: The garage shouldn’t be a catch-all location for all of your junk. Instead it should hold seasonal items, yard equipment, and storage which doesn’t have a place inside your home. Purge and assess your garage items and sell, donate, or throw away excess. This way you will be left with usable items your family uses on a regular or seasonal basis.

• Garage parking: Believe it or not, the garage is supposed to be for your vehicles! Optimize vertical space against walls with organizational shelves, bins and areas for hanging tools. Ceiling storage is good for housing luggage, recreational equipment and seasonal decorations. Measure out how much space your vehicle needs and start your garage organization around this area.

• Resale of your home: Whether you are in the home buying market or plan to sell, garage organization is a big asset. Garages that have well planned areas for storage, recreation, and vehicle placement will rise above garages that don’t. Similarly to your closets in your home, buyers are attracted by organization that they won’t have to do themselves. Start now in organizing your garage and the benefits will pay off!

Every garage can be made more efficient with the help of organization. Determine what your budget is, and how much time you have to dedicate to organizing it. Hire a garage organization designer if you feel overwhelmed. Assess, purge, and then organize. You and your family will love the benefits, and you’ll be surprised how much more time you will spend enjoying it, rather than keeping the door closed!

About the Author: Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the design industry for over 12 years. Her home design service, Stagetecture, encompasses home staging, organization, décor, DIY projects, and helping those who love their homes! Ronique enjoys writing about family solutions and making your home the best place it can be.

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