It’s about to get cold out and I just know you’re dreading it. Before the snow it’s important to get into your garage and clean it out! It’s time to swap the lawn mower for a snow blower and prepare for the holidays! 

The winter time requires more time in our garages than we’d like to admit. We have to pull the holiday decorations from there, the snow tools and a lot of times it’s where we undress from the snowy weather to prevent it from getting in our homes. 

Before we start breaking down the winter categories, it’s time to come up with a purge plan. 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with a garage that contains years of keepsakes, old items, donations, and trash. However, it doesn’t have to be. Sort it out and begin thinking of ways to make the garage work for YOU.  


If you keep up with the blog then you already know I love clear bins for storage! It’s time to put back the Halloween costumes and decor and pull out the Thanksgiving bin. If you haven’t switched to clear bins with labels, this is your sign! If you have designated shelves for your clear bins with labels it makes seasonal transition go over very smoothly. This is a great time to donate old decor you no longer have a use for. 

Snow Station

It’s important to have a designated area, especially for the kids where boots and any other snowy pieces of clothing can go to prevent your house from getting messy! 

Weather Tools

Winter requires more tools like snow scrapers, something to melt snow, the correct insulation and so much more. This is a great time to take inventory of what you have, purge anything you don’t need and replace anything you do! 

This may seem incredibly overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s a great time to get the family together. A lot of what is in your garage can usually be thrown away or donated, but make sure you run these past their owners. 10 years later and a family member of mine still won’t let go of the snowboard his father threw away.

Have questions on how you can organize your things? Feel free to reach out. And if you use any of these tips and want to show off your new  garage on Instagram, tag us at @organizedetroit.