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Getting Your Garage Organized

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006

Often, the hardest part of cleaning out a cluttered and unorganized garage is getting started. Follow these steps to begin the process of organizing piles, painting, and installing new flooring.


Organizing Piles
A great way to begin clearing out your garage is to use your driveway to sort everything into three piles: what you want to keep, what you can donate or sell, and what can be discarded. Clear out the entire garage so you can begin with a clean slate. For some people, these are difficult and often overwhelming decisions.
- For items that have sentimental value, find a clever way to repurpose them in other areas of your home.
- Donate clothes, books, and toys that are unused. A local library, hospital, or school can benefit from your unwanted items.
- Use large heavy-duty garbage bags to throw away things that you haven't used in a while. If something hasn't been used in two years, it likely won't be used again.
- For items you want to sell, consider having a garage sale, or put them up for sale on eBay.


Painting Your Walls
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders in transforming a messy and unorganized garage into a clean and orderly space.
- Prime the walls first. Priming helps paint last longer, and the paint job won't look patchy or uneven.
- Use a lighter color of paint to spruce up the interior walls. Light colors make a space feel larger. Martha and her team of experts used the color Mercury Glass (color #G31) from her Everyday line of paint.
- Be sure to factor in the amount of time it will take for the paint to dry.


Installing New Flooring
G-floor has numerous benefits. Not only does it ground electricity, but it's also warmer in the winter; has a more comfortable, cushioned feel for sitting and standing; is ultra-durable; hides cracks and stains; and is much easier to clean than traditional cement floors.
- Sweep clean your garage floor so it's dry and free of any objects before laying down the new floor.
- After making sizing adjustments, use double-sided tape to stick each portion together.

G-floor has numerous benefits over traditional flooring. Find out more at To purchase Martha Stewart Everyday paint, visit your local Sears store.

Special Thanks
Marlene Pratt, home improvement expert
Jason Cameron, carpenter
Bob Tobin, BC Interiors,
Destination Imagination,
Bill West,
Barry Izsak,

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