How can I organize my garage (pic attached)?

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Hello,So it's 4:15am here in CA and I can't sleep....so decided to continue with the cleaning of the garage which is my boyfriend's place or ours...I just moved here 2 months ago. Anyhooooo....I need help to organize this after our day of throwing things away, hanging up shelves, etc...

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Paint area

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Oh gosh where do I start area

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  • Rymea Rymea on Aug 18, 2019

    I'd start with a sharpie marker and some storage bins. One for hammers, one for pliers, one for electrical, one for rollers and paint brushes, etc. Cardboard boxes work fine. Lids are usually unnecessary and just in the way. Often you just need to label the shelf.

  • Shirley Hearn Shirley Hearn on Aug 18, 2019

    Our garage looks somewhat like yours but my husband won't let me touch it. He says it's his stuff and he knows were every last thing is so I can't organize. I wish I could though because I think it would look a lot better and be easier to find stuff. Good luck with your mission.

    • Dee Dee on Aug 19, 2019

      I "straightened" up our garage one time. My husband had a fit, couldn't find anything. Now I let him do his thing, thank goodness it is a detached garage. There is room for the cars and stuff all along the sides. I no longer touch it.

  • Hey Melissa! You sound a lot like me in the wee hours of the morning. ; ) I would start by getting some clear storage bins or even cardboard boxes and start by sorting everything into like categories. Paint, tools, etc.....and breaking them down even further depending on the types of items you have. Try to edit down any duplicates and only keep what you really use.

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Aug 18, 2019

    I agree with Jessica. We had the same dillema of few years a go and we did just that. Then I labeled every storage container cupboard with large labels I made with my puter/printer. My reluctant hubby was suddenly proud of his nice garage.

  • Ha! I do the same thing, creep about in the wee hours of the morning . . . Your garage looks neat to me, mine is a mess! Want photos??? You have some fantastic suggestions here, I am sure you will get it in shape in no time!

    • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Aug 18, 2019

      Thank you :)

      It is more organizing that I am doing now. If I left it up to him, it will neverrrrrrr get done! ;)

  • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Aug 18, 2019

    You all are soooooo awesome!!! Thank you for your advice and words of encouragement!!

    So I'm 85% done (I took a few breaks) ;)

    But got my marker, tape/adhesive spray, labels, boxes and plastic containers and moving along!

    Will send pics when finished! :)


  • KultaKala Design KultaKala Design on Aug 19, 2019

    Hi Melissa, This is my way of dealing with a mess, maybe it will help you a bit

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlODXocO5xs

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