There are a few places in your home that tend to get cluttered very easily. The most common are the garage and the attic. Perhaps you might feel like this isn’t a big problem, you don’t mind the mess, but there are other issues that might stem from having clutter in these places.

It is a fire hazard. Often garage fires go unnoticed until they become too large to contain, and after that they can spread to the residence. Unfortunately, this has led to property damage, and even worse, injury and/or death.

A cluttered garage provides many hiding and breeding places for pests. If you get an infestation this can easily spread into your living quarters.

If you are selling your home, a cluttered garage can turn off a prospective buyer. It could make the garage seem smaller, and make them wonder if the house itself is cramped thus forcing you to stuff your items in the garage.

So how can you go about getting the situation resolved?

First decide on what you want to keep and what is unnecessarily taking up space in your home. Donating, selling or putting in storage what you don’t use anymore will clear up a lot of space.

Group items together according to their use. This will improve the look of the garage, as well as make it easier for you to find things when you need them.

If possible, organize things further by putting up shelves and hooks. The less things that are sitting on the floor, the better for the overall look, and this will also remove safe havens for pests.