Do You Use Your Garage as a Dumping Ground?


Do you use your garage as a dumping ground? Is it so stuffed with clutter that there is no longer room to park your car?
By setting up activity zones in your garage you will be able to free up space and find items quickly and easily. Some zones you may consider are Gardening, Sports, Workbench, Holiday Decorations, Automotive, Garbage and Recycling. However, this approach makes it easy for you to find things when you need them and put them back in the right place when you are done.

What you may need to succeed.

Cabinets, shelves, hanging hooks and bins will help you to get things up off the ground, safely stored and staying that way. Storing items in your zones is important in order to keep things clean and protected from the weather. You can find storage units made for the space at many discount and specialty stores. And if you want to be the envy of the neighborhood, you can hire a garage storage company.

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Here are some questions that we’ve answered for clients about organizing a garage that might help you. Therefore, follow these tips, you can make the garage another room in your house that you can be proud of.


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on September 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

    This is the PERFECT time of year to work in the garage. It is such a satisfying project. My husband and I even did our own a couple of weekends ago, and he was so jazzed that he did the shed by himself this past weekend. It gives you a sense of being “ready” for the winter ahead, knowing things aren’t strewn all over the floor where the melting snow (at least up here in CT) can cause damage.

    • Janet Schiesl on September 10, 2019 at 7:15 am

      I agree Seana. An organized garage makes a big difference going into winter. Having efficient storage for everything. It’s so satisfying.

  2. Linda Samuels on September 9, 2019 at 10:19 am

    The garage. Oy. We live in a one-story house with no basement and no attic. So as you can imagine, the garage does store quite a few things that don’t have any other place to live. It is organized, just full. Every few years we do a major purge, and that always feels great! Only once in the 33 years we’ve lived here did one car live in the garage. But no more. We need the garage for non-car things. I do enjoy dreaming about a less-filled garage. Makes me smile.

    • Janet Schiesl on September 10, 2019 at 7:18 am

      Linda, I’m sure your space is organized and very efficient. Use the space for what’s needed. We have a 2-car garage, basement with storage room and shed and we still only fit one car inside. My husband like to “keep things”. His side of the garage is for future projects.

  3. Janet Barclay on September 9, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I know a couple who used to park their two cars in the driveway, but when they moved to a new house, she insisted the cars be parked in the garage. They put up a shed to hold the lawn mower and other outdoor items, and they were all set! Of course, it helped that they were starting with a clean slate.

    • Janet Schiesl on September 10, 2019 at 7:19 am

      It’s smart. If you can get your car inside. It’s usually the second largest purchase you make so why not take care of it. It’s so easy to collect stuff in a garage that’s not worth much.

      • Janet Barclay on September 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

        So true! And I see a LOT of cars parked in front of the garage so it’s probably very common.

  4. Nancy Haworth on September 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Yes, garages can easily become a dumping ground because that’s where people put things they don’t want to deal with or keep inside the house anymore…and it often doesn’t move out after that. Fall is the perfect time to declutter and organize a garage and set up organized storage systems.

  5. Janet Schiesl on September 11, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Out of sight. Out of mind. Right?! Yes, get outside and enjoy the nice weather while accomplishing this project. I agree.

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