Organize Your Garage On A Budget

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Organized Home, Vertical Space

If you’ve ever tried to organize a garage you know how overwhelming it can be.

I spend most of my days helping others de-clutter and organize their homes, so finding the time to work on a project in my own home always takes a back seat.

This summer I finally installed a new garage system in my own house thanks to the help from my good friends at Organized Living.

We don’t have a lot of storage space in our basement, nor do we have a useable attic, so all of my seasonal decorations need to be stored in the garage.  Since I only access them once a year, I wanted to maximize the vertical space going up the wall-leaving the floor clear for things like a shop vac, snow blower and generator. I also have several categories that I need accessible such as car supplies, tools, gardening, etc.


Below are some before and after photos from my garage transformation:

a bunch of makeshift shelves were definitely in need of a facelift!

a bunch of makeshift shelves were definitely in need of a facelift!

Lots of wasted space!

Lots of wasted space!









Love my new streamlined shelves deep enough to hold season bins

Love my new streamlined shelves deep enough to hold seasonal bins!

Love, love, love, these cubbies where I can easily find what I'm looking for!

Love, love, love, these cubbies inside the lockers where I can easily find what I’m looking for!

Closed door lockers keep unsightly supplies hidden but not forgotten!

Closed door lockers keep unsightly supplies hidden but not forgotten!













50% of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house, the place they delay getting organized, yet it’s a place the entire family uses regularly.

Organized living is offering 25% off their Freedom Rail line though the month of September.

If you’ve been procrastinating on tackling the black hole you call a garage, now is the time to get motivated!

Check out or contact and we can help design the ideal solution for you!


Happy Organizing!

Take Control Of Your Clutter

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Organized Home, Organizing Services, Simplify, Women

“Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity”-  Albert Einstein.

Motivation is often the jumpstart we need to overcome some of the most daunting tasks. For years I’ve had the pleasure of working with private clients helping them de-clutter and establish systems to maintain an organized space. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that clutter goes deeper than what’s on the surface.

I’ve come across countless people who are organized on the outside, but are frustrated because they don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. Or perhaps there is just that one area that no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to keep organized. Whatever your struggle is, chances are you are not alone.

For some time I’ve wanted to find a way to bring people together in a fun environment (and what’s better than food,wine, and free stuff?), offer some expert advice, and motivate you to tackle your clutter.

So I created the Clutter Clinic.

What is the Clutter Clinic?

The Clutter Clinic is a series of three 90-minute workshops spaced throughout the year to keep you motivated and inspired each season. Attend, one or all-whatever works for you!

Each clinic focuses on a specific room or trouble spot. During each event I’ll share techniques to reduce clutter, how to address problem areas, and identify the best products for your needs, allowing you to maintain an organized space.

Grab a friend and join me for a delicious lunch at  Caleb’s American Kitchen for the next event in our series, Clutter Clinic Garage.

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Clutter Clinic Garage- June 11, 2014
  • Clutter Clinic Paper Control-September 10, 2014
  • Clutter Clinic Holiday-December 3, 2014
  • Clutter Clinic Closet-TBD
  • Clutter Clinic Playroom-TBD
  • Clutter Clinic Kitchen-TBD

If you are interested in attending any of our clinics please feel free to email me and I’ll be sure to add you to our mailing list for future events.

Clutter can be overwhelming. Don’t let it be.

Happy Organizing!

Below are a few pictures from our last 2 Clutter Clinics.

Me patiently awaiting the arrival of my clutter clinic attendees!


Here’s a photo from our first Clutter Clinic-a sold out event!

Garage Organizing 101

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Simplify

This past week I had the opportunity to meet with a new client to help her de-clutter and organize her garage. Her goal is simple: to be able to park her vehicle (s) inside leaving some room for storage.  Sounds easy, right?

According to a recent study, only 25% of Americans with 2-car garages are able to park 1 vehicle inside and over 50% of homeowners rate the garage as the most disorganized place in the house.

It’s no wonder Garages are one of the most overwhelming areas of the home to organize.

If you want to avoid scraping frost off your windshield each morning now is the time to pick a weekend and purge some clutter before the weather gets too cold.

Below are the HOW, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY to helping you have the garage of your dreams:

HOW: Empty the space.  The best way to truly de-clutter and organize your space is to empty all of the contents, sort what you have, and purge what you don’t need. I call this my Organizing ESP (EMPTY, SORT, PURGE)

WHAT: Decide what you want to store in your garage.  Currently anything and everything that doesn’t have a home is living in your garage. Now it’s time to purge the clutter and streamline the rest.

WHERE: Create zones for each area. You want to be able to find things quickly so the best way to do so is to create “zones” for each separate area. For example: gardening, tools, seasonal storage, sporting equipment.

WHEN: Invest in product.  Once you’ve determined what items are remaining and what zones you have you can now look at product. Which product is best for your needs will depend on the purpose your garage is serving. ***You want to make sure that you maximize vertical space (keep as much of the floor free from clutter), use clear bins (for easy identification of contents), and stay away from cardboard that can damage the contents if it gets wet.

WHY: Paint.  The garage should be an extension of your home.  Walking into a room that is freshly painted automatically gives the illusion of a clean and organized space.

Maintenance is key to keeping your garage organized; following these simple steps will help keep you on track, and your space free from clutter.

Happy Organizing!


Here’s a photo of one of our clients garage before sBo….


After several hours and many trash bags later….



5 Tips To Reclaiming Your Garage

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage

The garage is one of the hardest working areas of your house. It is often the protector of seasonal items, tools, gardening supplies, toys, sports equipment and maybe if your lucky…a car.

The challenge for many people is that the garage is a vast open space that is begging to be filled. Without a practical system in place, the garage is destined to become a dumping ground for any random items without a home.

Before long, the walls of your once big open space feel as though they are closing in on you with clutter.

The thought of organizing your garage can be a daunting task.  I’ve developed a five-step process to help remove the guesswork (and hopefully some of the stress), allowing you to reclaim your garage.

  1. Define your Goals: Before you begin tearing everything apart, I recommend writing down what purpose you want the space to serve. Are you looking to store tools? Kids toys? Seasonal Storage bins? Gardening supplies?  Perhaps all of the above. Once you define how you want the space to function it will be easier for you to map out a layout of where thing should go and how much space you have to work with.
  2. Practice your Organizing ESP: For those of you who don’t know my acronym ESP, it stands for Empty, Sort, and Purge; my 3-step process for tackling any organizing project. After years of organizing spaces for clients, I truly believe that the best way to organizing any space is to first clear it out, sorting as you go and purging unwanted items along the way.
  3. Define Zones: Clutter accumulates when items get “co-mingled”. You want your space to make sense and zoning (keeping “like with like”) is the easiest way to keep order.  How many times have you walked into your garage looking for something that you know you have but can’t seem to find?  Creating zones eliminates unnecessary frustration, saves time, not to mention money.
  4. Purchase the right products: Many people make the mistake of purchasing organizing products too early in the process. It isn’t until you go through your Organizing ESP will you know what items truly need to “live” in the garage. The last thing you want to do is add any additional clutter by investing in the wrong products.
  5. Maintenance: The key to organizing any space is implementing a practical system that is easy to maintain.  Keep in mind that there is no universal system that works for everyone.  Take into consideration how you and your family function, and be realistic with the expectations you set. Overcomplicating only sets you up for failure. The easier the system is to follow, the more likely everyone will be to stick with it.

Having an organized garage is something that most people dream about. Following these five steps can help turn that dream into a reality.  If all else fails, consult an expert.  Check out our gallery of before and after photos for a sample of our garage transformations.


Organizing Tip of the Week: Keeping Your Garage Organized

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Garage Storage, Getting Organized, Tip of the Week

Garages are natural dumping grounds for clutter. Treat your garage like an extension of your house by assigning designated zones for items such as gardening, sports, tools, cleaning supplies, etc.  

Make sure that items are labeled clearly for identification and most importantly make use of vertical space by installing shelving units for infrequently used items such as seasonal decorations.  

One of my favorite systems is the fast track organizing system by Rubbermaid. It’s easy to install, reasonably priced and available at any home improvement store and online.


***Need help getting started? Allow simply B organized to help design a layout for your specific needs.  Contact us today to take advantage of our Spring special!