The day had arrived, Professional Organizer, Allison Carter, was coming to our home to assess the mess in our garage. My girlfriends kept saying, “You are so lucky!” My mom kept saying, “I’m the one in need of an organizer!” And even up until the last hour, my dear husband kept asking, “Really, you’re not going to clean it up first? Really! Really?”
Having someone come into your home and assess your mess IS a little intimidating, I have to admit. Allison, however, has a straightforward approach that put us quickly at ease as we began trying to account for why we had all this stuff and what we wanted to do with it. The session went something like this:
- Make a list of all the types of things we need to accommodate: gardening, fishing, golf, sports, refrigerator, trash / recycling, storage of extra supplies, etc.
- Next Allison helped us think about what the best kind of container was for each need. This is where I would have gone off track because I would have jumped to step three of placement. By thinking about the container first, we really focused on how we use items and what the most convenient day in and day out storage solution would be.
- Finally, based on all the types of storage we would need, Allison helped us lay it out within the space of our garage. We put things into zones and figured out how to utilize our vertical space better. She even made mock ups on pictures to help us visualize.
In the next few weeks we are going to be ordering the storage solutions
we will need and editing. This is the pro way of saying we have to
throw some stuff out! Fortunately, many of the things we no longer have
a use for can be donated. I will be working with a couple of our local
organizations to schedule a donation pick up, order a rolling recycling
bin and finally cleaning the garage. All of this seems really
appropriate in the spring, and I keep telling myself that once we are
cleaned and organized it will be time to start planting!
MY GARAGE ADVENTURE SERIES