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How to Organize a Garage
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Garage organization presents some unique challenges: how to pull together cars with toys, tools, sporting equipment, beach chairs and cleaning supplies? In one space?

Luckily I have 3 professional organizers Mary Hoff (Lotus Organizing & Design), Donna Jumper (JumpStart Organizing) and Lisa Mark (The Time Butler Professional Organizers) on board to help guide us through the 5 steps of the organization process.

Every household stores things in their garage they shouldn't. "Usually there is just too much of everything and it becomes a dumping ground for all kinds of things," says Jumper. So if you've accumulated massive amounts of clutter, you are not alone. And take heart, chances are your garage has nothing on what these pros have seen while organizing client's garages: dead and live animals, spoiled food, photographs ruined by moisture, termite-infested furniture that never made it to the dump -- the list goes on and on.

Before you dive into the organization process, you've got to have the right tools in place. Gather the following supplies:

  • Heavy-duty trash bags;
  • Strong vacuum like a shop vac, or a broom; and,
  • Catch-all basket for odds and ends.
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