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How do I organize boxes of clutter in my garage?

If the boxes in your garage are truly filled with clutter, the first step is to declutter. Empty the boxes and donate or discard anything you don’t need, use or love. That should reduce the quantity of stuff you need to organize. The next step is to categorize what you want to keep and decide whether you want to continue storing it in the garage.

Once your items are categorized, put the ones you’re planning to store in the garage into appropriate containers, with one or more categories per container. Rubbermaid, of course makes a variety of totes for that purpose. Don’t forget to label the containers so you know which categories each contains.

I recommend that once you’ve decluttered, categorized the items you’re keeping, and put them in labeled containers you use heavy-duty plastic or metal shelving to store the containers on, rather than just stacking them. This allows you to access individual bins without having to unstack and restack the ones that aren’t on the top.

If you have small items that you want easy access to (gardening or cleaning products, for example), you can install cabinets in your garage to hold them (like Rubbermaid’s Resin Cabinets).

Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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