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Where to Begin With Storage Building Organization

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We all know what it’s like to procrastinate with organization around the house, and that lack of discipline definitely extends to the garage, carport, and outdoor metal shelter. With the storage building, organization becomes a bit more involved, daunting, and difficult. The garage is thought of as something permissible to be disorganized, even though we know deep down it’s just as important. Storage is a lot more effective and useful if it’s done in an efficient and organized manner. Just like anything else, it becomes easier after you stop making excuses and get to work.

Most homeowners all give the same few excuses when it comes to organizing their garage. It almost goes without saying that you’ve either given these excuses yourself, or heard them before from friends and family. We’re going to offer solutions to get you organizing and get your garage in gear.


  1. “I was going to, I just don’t know where to begin.”

When you put off organizing your storage in the garage, the more it seems to pile up. Psychologists have studied the area of procrastination, and research shows the benefits are only in creative areas. When it comes to organization, procrastination only makes the problem worse. Knowing that is simple and a little annoying to hear. We all know that procrastinating usually makes things worse. The key to overcoming procrastination is equally as painful to hear, but it is the honest truth. You have to start. Starting is everything. The first line of this blog post was the hardest, and truthfully each sentence I write becomes easier. The same goes for the first box you organize in your garage, and the next, and so on.

If you’re reading this, you know what you have to do. You’ve already started by taking interest in organization; each step you make towards more organization is effectively another check on the list you need to work through to have a clean and useful garage or carport. If you feel like you’re not up to the job yourself, you can always enlist the help of your family members or some outside cleaning contractors. These people make a living off of situations like yours, and have most likely seen much worse.

  1. “I don’t have the time.”

This is one of the most common uses for almost every responsibility, especially organization. These are certainly different times, and in many ways. The technology that was meant to save us time has seemed to grow throughout every aspect of our lives, and almost make us busier. There’s seemingly no end to the amount of networking we need to keep up on in this modern world. It’s understandable that most of us are so busy, the economy is rough and people are working more as a result. But really, organizing your garage would at most take two weekends, or assorted time after work.

When you take the time to clean your garage, you will feel the benefits tenfold over what will most likely be the coming months. However, if you truly don’t have the time, or simply don’t want to take it, then you should hire a cleaning crew. It’s also important to invest in a little shelving, bins, and the like to better facilitate your organization skills.


  1. “It’s Fine, It Doesn’t Bother Me One Bit.”

When your garage reaches high levels of clutter, homeowners begin to slip into denial. They make excuses to the tune of the one above. You can see them stepping over clutter and excess storage in their garage all the while pretending they aren’t inconvenienced or that they wish there garage was easier to navigate. It’s important to not adapt to the situation, and to actually stay on top of the clutter as best you can even if it becomes easier to ignore it. The stress you feel from day to day life is enough, and adapting to that can make your life easier. When it comes to physical obstruction, it’s best that you actually take care of the situation. On top of peace of mind, you get more space to walk and store things inside.

After you’ve cleaned your garage, there will be no more stubbing your toe in the dark of the morning, or tripping over garden hoses and dropping all the groceries on the floor. Some homeowner’s garages are so cluttered they can’t even use them to park their car. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, you can have your parking space back if you put in the work. That’s all it takes.

  1. “I’m just not good at organizing.”

We’ve mentioned above that outside cleaning companies are a fine alternative for cleaning your garage. However, you will need to make it possible to organize it in the first place. You’ll probably want to take a look at things like slatwall storage, hanging tools, storage racks, and cabinetry. This can not only effectively grant you more storage space but increase the speed of organization. If you have a place for something, it’s going to stay there and not cause as many problems as it would if you didn’t. Wise words? Maybe not, but it’s true.

  1. “My garage is just too small.”

The main thing that people undervalue in their outdoor metal buildings is the wall space. If you have a little ingenuity and free time, you can create valuable storage space on your metal garage wall. There are plenty of fasteners, or even constructions that allow for wall space to viable. We’ve had customers go ahead and insulate their building fully and install walls. This makes installation of wall storage easier. If you’re not comfortable with wall storage, think about installing cabinets, or hanging storage from the ceiling.


  1. “I can’t afford everything to organize.”

This excuse needs more research. Our metal buildings are designed to be more affordable, so we understand a tight budget. We have options within our engineering capabilities for every type of building. There is no standard metal structure, carport, or garage other than what’s most purchased. Herein, all products that are involved in storage organization in the aftermarket are very wide in their range of affordability, size, and customization. If you can’t afford to pay for an organization service, then the work falls to you. It’s not a terrible thing, and can bring you great peace of mind after it’s done. Whenever you clean up your garage, not to mention, your home value goes up.

The truth of it is you have to do away with your excuses. The excuses pile up at the same rate as clutter, and it gets more difficult as time goes on to get up and organize. The time is now! If you’re thinking about buying a garage, don’t let it get too far, and remember that these tips are just as important to you as the current garage or carport owner.

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