Please, please move your car — into your garage

What's in your garage?

I walk my son to school most days of the week. Along the way we pass about a dozen single-family homes with two-car garages.

When residents leave their garage doors open, I can’t help but peer inside to take a quick inventory of the contents.

Many garages are packed with boxes, hanging clothing, exercise equipment, books, dozens of rolls of toilet paper and paper towels, bicycles, luggage, kids’ toys, tools, gardening equipment, lawn mowers, pool tables and holiday decorations — and those are only the things I can easily identify.

Here in Northern California, we don’t have attics or basements (which means garage sales are especially lame), so garages wind up serving as storage unit. Which means people wind up parking in their driveways. I have no beef with that.

But if you’re going to fill up your garage with stuff, please don’t stockpile cars. If your car is cherished enough to be covered up and protected from the elements, it deserves to live in your garage. And if it can’t fit in the garage, well, it’s time to call a professional organizer for some help.

Another shrouded vehicle


About organizesf

Professional organizer June Bell ( combats clutter and chaos with sage advice, tested techniques and good humor.
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