Tips for Tackling the Garage – KonMari | The Official Website of Marie Kondo

Tips for Tackling the Garage

Garage wall with tools

Those who have a home garage know what an asset this space can be. However, if the space is not organized, it can all too easily become a breeding ground for clutter. 

While the KonMari Method™ is rooted in tidying by category and not by location, the garage contains many unique categories — a few sometimes forgotten. By considering each of these categories, you are able to decide what remains and how to arrange what you decide to keep. Once everything has a home, even those rarely used items will be easy to find. Tackle the garage with care and commit to the process from start to finish to ensure it stays tidy and neat. 


Discard and Donate

As with any ‘komono’ or miscellaneous category, bring all items to a central location so you can assess what you have in its entirety.

After joy-checking, set aside items that no longer have a place in your garage — or in your life. What can be tossed, donated or consigned to a new owner? One benefit of cleaning out the garage is that you may very well come across tools or gadgets that you can list online or sell within your community. Even if these items no longer match your ideal lifestyle, they will likely bring joy to someone else.

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Tidy by Category

Ensuring that all your belongings are organized by category will allow you to move through your garage with ease the next time you need to find something quickly.

Group everything by its function. For example, place hardware and tools in one area, paint and paintbrushes in another and holiday decor in an oversized bin.

Your children should feel welcome to join in on the fun! Make them a part of the organization process by encouraging them to claim and tidy a shelf of their own for outdoor games, toys and the like.

Throughout the tidying process, take stock of any items that need to be repaired or replaced. Then, do so as quickly as possible to keep up the tidying momentum.

Stacked Art Brushes

“Your mind determines the value of everything you own.”


Determine What Truly Sparks Joy

Be honest about which items in your garage spark joy and which are no longer serving you and your family. Holding onto items for “one day” can be detrimental to your progress — both emotionally and physically. 

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Tackle Sentimental Items

This is the hardest and most difficult step when tidying up — which is why it always comes last! As always, be thoughtful yet firm when evaluating your belongings.

Consider taking a photograph before parting with something so that its memory will live on digitally, no matter where you go. Better yet, make a photo book of treasured sentimental items!

“‘It might come in handy’ is taboo.”

The garage may never be the most glamorous room in the home. While it isn’t necessarily a space that many guests will visit, keeping this area organized and tidy will contribute to an overall sense of well-being. Taking the time to tackle this important space will make a lasting impact. Holiday decorations, sports equipment, and power tools, be ready — we’re coming for you!

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