Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
In Feng Shui, an attached garage is considered a room in your home, so it's important to keep it clean, clutter-free, and organized. However, Feng Shui for a garage is a subject that many people would like to ignore, since they fear that their garage is cluttered beyond help. I often recommend that a client decorate their garage just like they would a room in their home, especially since for many of us the garage is the first “room” we enter when we return home at the end of the day. A garage at the front of your home occupies the Harmony Area or the Helpful People Area, a garage on the side of the house sits in the Health or Creativity Areas, and a garage at the back of a home is located in the Wealth Area or Love Area. You don’t want to store “junk” in any of those critical areas, do you?
To organize your garage according to Feng Shui principles, plan to dedicate an entire weekend to the task, and consider scheduling a garage sale for the weekend after you finish as added incentive to stick to your organizing project.
Start organizing by first empty everything out of the garage. Be sure to look inside each box or storage tub and pull out the contents so you won’t be surprised later. Then, give the garage a good sweeping out toward the garage door rather than toward the house.
Next, consider the garage floor and decide whether it needs to be repainted or whether you want to install some special garage flooring. This is also a good time to think about putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls.
Then, look at your empty garage and decide in which areas you will store your items according to how you use them, such as gardening items, sports equipment, tools, etc. Be sure to think vertically as well as horizontally, since the idea is to create as much floor space as possible. Consider where you can hang rakes, brooms, bikes, coolers, and even the wheelbarrow. Keep in mind that items you use frequently should be easy to see and reach.
Pick up each object and decide if you are keeping it. If you are, place it in the appropriate location. Your goal is to make sure there is a place for everything, and that everything is in its place. If you have small children, make sure you have a locked cabinet or tool chest for dangerous tools and equipment.
If you decide that you no longer need an item, sort it into one of three piles: donate, sell, or toss. Keep sorting until everything has found a home. Then, take the “toss” pile right out to the trash, load the “donate” pile into the trunk of your car so you won’t forget to take it to your favorite donation site, and go online and list the items you plan to sell on online auction and sale sites.
Think about whether you really need that old refrigerator in your garage, since it could be running up your energy bills. Kitchen refrigerators aren’t built to withstand the extreme temperatures of a garage, so if you need an extra refrigerator consider replacing it with a special refrigerator designed for garages.
Finally, hang some artwork in your garage, especially bright and sunny images to welcome you home. I often recommend that clients hang a bulletin board near the door to the house, and fill it with family photos, jokes, and inspirational quotes. This will make you feel even more "at home" as soon as you get out of your car and enter your bright, clean, and organized garage.
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