Overcoming Procrastinating and Garage Organization Steps

It’s easy to get buried in a large task like organizing the garage and it’s something most of my clients dread. One step in overcoming procrastination is to take baby steps. Instead of having tasks that may take hours to complete, break it up into smaller tasks.

To avoid getting overwhelmed each task should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. For example, to organize the garage it may take several days and your task list may look something like this:


Garage Organizing Task List

1. Categorize the items in your garage (recycling, tools/paint, sporting equipment, automotive, holiday decorations, etc.) – 30 minutes
2. Group the contents in the garage (include donate or trash groupings) – 30 minutes
3. Order special trash and donation pick-ups – 10-15 minutes
4. Leave out items for trash and donation – 10-15 minutes
5. Determine the best layout for your garage (hire professional if needed) – 30 minutes
6. Buy appropriate size bins, boxes, cabinets, etc. and labels – 30 minutes
7. Put items in appropriate storage bin or box (label each) – 30 minutes (break up into multiple tasks if over 30 minutes)
8. Install cabinets (hire professional if needed) – 30 minutes (break up into multiple tasks if over 30 minutes)
9. Install shelves (hire professional if needed) – 30 minutes (break up into multiple tasks if over 30 minutes)
10. Sweep garage floor – 15 minutes
11. Relocate items to their new location in the garage – 30 minutes

Happy Organizing!

 
*images by Real Simple and Martha Stewart
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One Response to Overcoming Procrastinating and Garage Organization Steps

  1. Struggler July 17, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Oh, yes, the garage is definitely on my mind. Thanks for the invaluable advice to break it down; you're right, it's overwhelmingly nasty, otherwise.