She looked at her garage and it was buried in excess stuff. She hired a professional organizer and two friends to a garage cleaning party. Now she is able to park in the garage.

In the winter, when the weather is cold, one thing I am thankful for is going straight from my warm house to my car without stepping outside and without scraping the frost off the windshield. But, for those of you whose garages serve as storage areas for excess stuff instead of a place to park your car, you may not have this luxury.

I need help organizing my garage.

A client called to ask for help organizing her garage. She and her husband had a garage that was buried in excess stuff. BUT, she decided to change that.She decided to have an organizing party. She invited two servant friends to help her and I clear out her garage. The weekend prior she and her husband did some preliminary work. They got rid of 15 bags of trash and had a general idea of what to keep and what to get rid of.As you can see she hadn’t parked in her garage for some time.

The party started at 1:00 pm.

She and I started clearing things out of the garage. We sorted them into categories as we pulled each item out. We went through each category and purged, hauling the junk to the curb for a scheduled big-trash-pick-up the next day. The first friend showed up at 1:30 and joined in. By 2:15 we had the garage cleared out, swept clean, and ready to finish the organizing steps.

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Organizing steps

We sorted and purged. Next, we had to assign homes to items. We talked through our zones and planned out the best locations for each category. The second friend showed up just in time to help us move items to their new homes.

Finally, we contained and labeled items, wrote a list of extra supplies she needed to purchase, and hand-drew a picture for the tool zone and storage wall which will be finished at a later time.

Now, catch this…by 3:30 we were done!

Here is the picture I took at 3:30.

This is the curb. Scheduling a big trash pick up right after a scheduled organizing session is a wise thing to do. It gives you a deadline and you make sure you don’t look like the local junk yard for more than a day or two.

Then, sit back and enjoy the freedom. Feel the weight being lifted when you simplify and organize the stuff you own. Pull your car into the garage and breath a sigh of relief. Take a breath and acknowledge your accomplishment. Way to go!

Now it’s your turn

Some people may be groaning or getting hives just thinking about their own garages or other problem areas.

DO NOT FEAR!

Those of us, like me, who love to organize get a contagious, exhilarating feeling knowing the possibilities and amazing results that can be achieved. We even have FUN. And we can help you have fun. Schedule an organizing party with your friends. Give it a try!


She looked at her garage and it was buried in excess stuff. She hired a professional organizer and two friends to a garage cleaning party. Now she is able to park in the garage. She looked at her garage and it was buried in excess stuff. She hired a professional organizer and two friends to a garage cleaning party. Now she is able to park in the garage.

Tracy Hoth