Garages tend to become the dumping ground during the winter. But the best thing about organizing the garage is that if we do a really good job, it usually stays that way for at least a year. In reality, families use garages as storage facilities rather than a place for the car. That stuff can include obsolete electronics, delayed decisions about where to put something, overflow from the house, and unneeded building supplies. Since the whole family probably uses the garage, bring everyone together and make it a family affair. Let’s break it down:
Start with a clean slate and unclutter
Stay in the Zone
Type of storage/system
Finally, if you enter your home through the garage make sure it’s clutter-free and welcoming. Hang a welcome home sign, clean the door, and put a nice door mat in place. You deserve a nice welcome home!
And remember: “Every time you put something back where it belongs, it’s a gift to yourself.”
As a professional organizer for 8yrs, my belief is that the process of organizing someone’s belongings is just a small part of a much larger picture. The clutter, confusion, and unhappiness are just the warning signs for much needed attention.
People often describe feelings of deadness, heaviness, and despair. We are their vehicle to getting them to their rainbow of possibilities and dreams. On a much deeper level they are craving this change and this is where the much needed attention is. These unrecognized hopes, dreams and passions lie underneath, like a simmering pot that has boiled over causing a mess, yet still churning the contents into something delightful.
Organizing the physical space is the bridge to opening up the emotional, mental, and energetic processes that are occurring at the same time. New habits, actions and ideas do emerge. I believe as organizers, we are assisting people on their journey. The outcome is transformation in all areas of life that are important to you. So I say, ‘Invest in Your Wellbeing!’ The changes will occur not only in your environment but in many unexpected areas as well!
I recently heard about a young child who was just diagnosed with Diabetes. At first, I felt sorrow for this child whose life has drastically changed. But then my thoughts turned to these ‘newly diagnosed’ parents, and my heart sank.
I can empathize, because my child was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at the age of six. I was so overwhelmed, that although I am a professional organizer, my house was a cluttered mess. I was too emotional to focus on what needed to be done.
I finally asked a close friend for help. It was easy to put toys, books, and shoes away because everything had a home. My trouble came when we reached the new items – the reminders that my child has an incurable disease. The medication, paperwork, and supplies were everywhere, and I couldn’t look at it without tears.
We started in the living room. All physical therapy supplies went into an attractive container in the corner of the room for easy access. In the kitchen, an easily accessible cabinet shelf held a small bin for medication and supplies. The cabinet door had a medication schedule, to make sure we did not miss a dose.
The paperwork was harder, because it needed a filing system. We created an arthritis box, and stored it far away from my daily files. My friend did the tedious part of labeling the files and handling the papers. All I had to do was tell her where it goes.
By reorganizing my home to incorporate my child’s special needs, the arthritis became an ordinary part of daily life instead of an entity in itself. This reduced my overall stress, but more importantly, brought me closer toward acceptance.
If you are ‘newly diagnosed’, ask a friend for help. Or better yet, hire a professional organizer!