How is your New Year’s Resolution going? Have you made it to the gym more than twice this week? Have you been cooking more healthy meals at home? Are you set to add a little more to your savings this month? If all these questions are making you cringe, try not to get discouraged. The best way to stay on track with your goals for 2020 is to have a little mercy on yourself. So what if you fell off the wagon? There’s still plenty of time in the year to hop back on!
We may not be experts in staying on top of your fitness goals. After all, prefabrication is supposed to make new builds easier on your body (and your bottom line, although that’s a topic for another post.) But in 2020, there was a pretty substantial rise in organization-related New Year’s Resolutions. Blame it on Marie Kondo’s addictive new Netflix series on minimalism. Everyone and their mother is finding joy in having less in their homes. But here’s the truth of it all: while throwing half of your belongings to the curb for the sake of a more “joy-filled” home might sound appealing, it isn’t for everyone. If you have an array of hobbies, enjoy a good do-it-yourself project, or have a growing family, things are naturally going to start to accumulate over time. And there’s no shame in that!
If you made a New Year’s Resolution this January to go minimal, have less, or just get organized, it isn’t something that will happen overnight. Not only does it require a significant mindset shift, but it will also require the right resources. So, whether it’s your garage, your backyard shed, or even your business, we have a few tips to stay organized and collect less junk in 2020.
- Take your time. Garages and sheds especially tend to be the places where we throw things that we’re not ready to deal with. If it’s been a while since your last cleanout, this project will likely take more than just your afternoon. The important thing is that you take your time and inventory every previous item, old and new. The idea is to make sure you know what you have, what you need to make room for, and what isn’t worthy of taking up space.
- Map it out. Once you know what stays and what goes, do you know if you have enough space? While garages do make great storage for seasonal decor, tools, and more, let’s not forget what they were originally intended for: cars! As a rule of thumb, we like to say that there should still be enough open space in your garage to pull in a car and comfortably open every door. If you’re running out of square footage, it may be time for a do-it-yourself project in the backyard. It’s quick and easy to put together a prefabricated metal shed in a weekend to store things like bulky lawn and garden equipment that’s been getting in the way. Or, if you currently have a prefabricated metal garage, expanding with another carport or shed addition can be just as cost-effective.
- Group the items you want to keep. It’s easier to determine exactly how much you want to keep in a single space when you sort everything into categories. If one category doesn’t fit, it may be time to relocate those items to an outbuilding. With the proper storage containers, many items can be stored under a lean-to attached to the garage. (Don’t worry – metal buildings are made for easy renovations like these.)
- Create a more permanent solution. At this point in the project, it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal. With everything neatly sorted into containers and larger items ready to be hung or hoisted above the rafters, you might be tempted to just push it up against the wall and call it a day. But you’re so close! Finding the exact items you need and safely retrieving them without falling victim to an avalanche of boxes is worth the extra time. Install built-in shelving or cabinets, or even use modular units from your local home improvement store to ensure everything has a place that’s well within reach.
How are you staying on top of your organizational goals in 2020? Which rooms or outbuildings are you setting your sights on for a significant transformation this year?
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