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Still Parking Your Car Outdoors? Top Tips for Organizing Your Garage

It turns out that putting your garage space to good use is something most people struggle to get right. One survey of homeowners found that 37 percent didn’t store a single car in their garage! Is that true for you?

If so, it’s time to treat your vehicle to some covered parking. Use these tips to get started organizing your garage:

Tip #1: Full Purge. Just as you would inside your home, an effective reorganization starts with an honest decluttering. Set aside ample time to take everything off the shelves and hooks and out of toolboxes so you can sort everything. Make piles for keep, throw away, and donate, being realistic about whether you’ll actually use the items you plan to keep. Once you’re finished, find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill Donation Center to give your items a new life for a great cause!

Tip #2: Create a Zone Layout. A garage design is similar to a kitchen in that like items should be kept near one another. Examples of zones that could be found in most garages include tools, outdoor recreation, and lawn care. When your garage storage is designed with utilization in mind, you’ll be able to find things more quickly and get on to other chores and activities. 

Tip #3: Use Every Inch of Storage Space. This seems like a no-brainer, but effective garage organization means getting creative. Don’t be afraid to go vertical and hang things like bikes from the ceiling. Garage organization and storage solutions is a $23 billion industry, so the options are endless. You might even find things like hooks and shelving at your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill thrift store!

Cars at Goodwill Auto Auction
Cars at Goodwill Auto Auction

Tip #4: Donate Vehicles You Don’t Need!

If you have a car that’s just sitting in your garage taking up space, there’s no reason to keep it any longer. Even if your vehicle needs repairs (or doesn’t run), you can donate your car to Ohio Valley Goodwill! Our Cincinnati car donation program and auto auction turns used vehicles into incredible opportunities for individuals with disabilities and veterans. So, donate your car today! Start the process by filling out our vehicle donation form.  

Bonus Tip: Keep Your Goal in Mind

The task of organizing your garage can be daunting, so it’s important to remember why you’re putting in so much work. Picture yourself pulling your car into the garage for the first time. Imagine how relaxed you’ll be the next time a hail storm rolls in, your car parked safely inside. And think about the extra shut-eye you’ll gain this winter when you no longer need to scrape ice off your windshield!

Use these tips to become one of the lucky ones with room to store your car in the garage. Ohio Valley Goodwill is proud to help you on your journey to organization and freedom from garage junk!