Posts Tagged ‘efficient’
-The first step to organizing a garage is sorting the items in the garage. The easiest way is
to set up boxes or areas to put like items. Have a for sale box, a give away box and a trash
box set up as well.
-While you are sorting ask your self these questions: What is the goal
amount of things I want to keep? How long has it been since I used it? Am I keeping it
because I like it or because someone gave it to me and I don’t want to offend them? If so,
do you really have room for it and is it practical to keep? They will most likely never
know whether you still have it or not. Try to get rid of as much as you can as organizing
it into efficient and usable order easier.
-After sorting put items into boxes that can be easily moved (sm. and med.) unless item too large,
then a rolling container is the easiest to use. I prefer plastic over cardboard as they are sturdier and
stack better. It is best to use shelving or cabinets but the boxes can be stacked neatly if needed.
- For tools, either use a board with nails or a board with holes and the appropriate hardware to hang them
neatly. The larger items can go on shelves or the floor. Use a storage container with little
drawers and label them for screws, nails and other small items. This can either be hung
on a wall or a counter. If possible hang the larger items, such as shovels, rakes, etc.
-Put a ceiling rack for larger items so you have more floor space (like the bicycles during the
winter). When putting away items, always keep in mind the things that are used the most
often and make sure they are accessible.
-When finished, you will have a neat and organized garage with the ability to find things with out having to
move everything to get to them.
You will be surprised at how much extra space your garage actually has.
Spring Cleaning can be an overwhelming task….so….just take it one small section at a time in managable amounts. It also pays to do each section thoroughly because unfinished things can come back to bite you. Take the extra time that is needed. You can then be proud of a job well done.
I prefer to start in the kitchen as it is usually used the most often and for sanitary reasons good to make sure it is very clean. Not only do you need to clean everything, you also need to declutter and get rid of unused, broken, or items that are double. If your kitchen is organized properly it will be more efficient. Are like items together? Are the things you use the most often easily accessible? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when spring cleaning your kitchen. I can guarantee that your kitchen will be easier to keep clean if it is organized properly and not overstuffed with unused items.
A few things that should also be done if they apply to your kitchen is 1).Place organizers in junk drawers…that will cut down on how quickly it gets messy again. 2). Set up a mail station if you open and sometimes keep piles of mail in your kitchen. I will discuss how to do that in a later blog.
If you take just a few seconds everytime something is in your hand, you will be able to dramatically reduce clutter. Or if that is not something you are comfortable with at least try weekly or monthly to sort things and put or file them away.