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The Day I Quiet Quit: Why Others Are Quiet Quitting Too

The Day I Quiet Quit: Why Others Are Quiet Quitting Too

quiet quitting

NAVIGATION

ryans tiny house

Hi, I’m Ryan

When I first heard the term “quiet quitting,” I quickly found that I could relate to it and had lost count of the number of friends who had done just that — quietly quit their positions at work. That’s what first interested me in this topic.

ryan mitchell simple living expert

If you spend any time on TikTok these days, you’ve probably heard people talking about quiet quitting. I can relate to the sentiment in my previous career. I was working in HR and had been crushing my metrics at work.

annual reviewIt came time for my annual review and when I sat down with my boss, the VP of Human Resources, she was so impressed and thrilled with my work that year. Then she told me, “I can’t give you the top marks on your employee review — I don’t want people to think HR is playing favorites. That also means I can only give you a 2% raise.”

I was stunned that she admitted that I earned and deserved a great result on my review and that in the same stroke, I was being cut out of a few thousand dollars in pay for political optics.

That was the day I quiet quit.

What Is Quiet Quitting?

Simply put quiet quitting is where you don’t outright quit your job, you’re just not going above and beyond while still doing the duties on your job description. The concept comes as a direct opposition to hustle culture and climbing the corporate ladder.

That was where I found myself in my past career, where going above and beyond wasn’t even recognized, let alone rewarded. Instead of resigning my position or looking for another job, I slow rolled my work to make sure I was getting what needed to be done in my position done, but no more.

How Do You Quiet Quit?

For each person it might look different, but the important thing to know is that quiet quitting isn’t about being lazy or unwilling to work. It’s more about finding an even keel with your job in a way that achieves your duties while balancing your well-being.

how to build a better lifeSo when it comes to how you quit quietly, you want to think about what items need to get done in order to satisfy your job requirements and then nothing more. It’s also about establishing healthy boundaries at work and in life. In a world where we are constantly connected, you need to make sure that you defend your boundaries after normal work hours.

What I’ve found is that those who get upset about this are often the worst offenders when it comes to employers. I can remember when I had a bad boss who got mad at me for not replying to an email sent at 3 a.m. until 6 a.m. on a Sunday.

Conversely, my current employer was very appreciative when I stayed late for a meeting with a client in another time zone once a year. The difference is night and day.

Why Quiet Quitting Instead Of Quitting Directly?

The reason you don’t quit outright is that your situation with your job isn’t toxic or causing you to jump ship, but you’re finding the most efficient amount of input to achieve the output (your pay). In a weird way, it’s a very capitalistic approach to work.

For employers, the work that needs to get done is done well, on time, with good quality in a manner that’s sustainable for the employee. Employers have just become over reliant on employees going above and beyond without additional compensation.

So many people are quiet quitting because they realize that their efforts beyond their core duties don’t amount to much in terms of additional compensation.

battle of the busy schedule

How Is Quiet Quitting And The Great Resignation Related?

With the Great Resignation, there was an inflection point for many as people found themselves reconnecting with family, free time, and a boost in funds. Being quarantined at home gave people some time to take stock of things like we haven’t been able to in a very long time.

In a world that is always on the move and going faster and faster, the time at home gave us time to reflect on things. That was a clarifying experience for many. It also brought out companies and boss’s true colors: great companies shined, while bad bosses acted so poorly many people threw up their hands and walked out.

Why So Many People Want To “Quiet Quit” Their Jobs

Coupled with the great resignation and a return to a healthy work-life balance are the facts that wages have not matched productivity since the 70s, we are facing high inflation, and the cost of living is sky rocketing.

If people cannot work diligently at a job and as a reward for a job well done afford a basic place to live, have access to healthcare that won’t bankrupt them, and put a little away each month for retirement or a rainy day, what’s the point?

That’s the question many people from all generations are asking themselves.

disconnect between productivity and workers compensation

What Does Quiet Quitting Mean For Companies And Bosses?

I’m in the unique position where I am currently an employer, an employee, and also a contractor. I’ve also worked in HR having hired more than 500 people and in management where I’ve had up to 30 people reporting to me.

issue of pay versus productivityThe entire issue of pay versus productivity is very much the chicken or the egg issue. In our society, the powers that be, the government, and industry have not kept wages matching the productivity of their workers. This means that those people have less money to spend on goods and services, which in turn mean those companies have less to spend on their workers, and so the spiral goes down.

A few bad actors have really messed up the entire ecosystem where people could have been paid more and companies could have profited more too. It’s not a zero-sum game.

How we fix the current circumstances is difficult to say and frankly beyond my pay range, but I think it needs to start with good leadership, care for the people we work with, and a healthy dose of empathy.

As an employee, I want to do a good job and get paid well for it. As an employer, I want to be successful in business to the benefit of me and my employees, to enable them to live good lives too.

Your Turn

  • What do you think about Quiet Quitting?
  • Have you quietly quit your job?

How To Organize A Small House

How To Organize A Small House

 How To Organize A Small Househome organization guide

Organizing a small space starts with what your needs are. When you only have a little bit of space to work with, you want to use every nook and cranny in a way that is smart, efficient, and serves you in your daily life.

Learning the best expert organization tips can help you get your own house neat and tidy regardless of limited space!

ryans tiny house

Hi, I’m Ryan

Living in a tiny house for 10 years, I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t have enough space to do what you need to do. Luckily, I’ve had the time to figure it out and wanted to share my hard-earned lessons.

ryan mitchell simple living expert

Organizing A Small Bedroom

how to organize a small bedroom
Your bedroom is the room where you start and end each day. You don’t want it to be filled to the brim with cluttered chaos. Keeping your bedroom tidy can help calm your mind and ensure you start and end each day in a peaceful place. It’s easier said than done, but this guide can help.

Organizing A Small Closet

how to organize a small closet
Closets are hard to keep organized when you have clothes moving in and out of them every day. However, it’s essential that you keep your closet tidy, especially if it’s small.

There is nothing worse than wasting time each morning digging around for your favorite outfit. This post can help you keep your closet from being in cluttered disarray.

Organizing A Small Kitchen

How To Organize A Small Kitchen
Keeping your kitchen organized is a must to make cooking dinner for your loved ones enjoyable. A messy kitchen means not being able to get to the tools you need when you need them.

Living in a small apartment, tiny house, or studio space can be a challenge. If you use intentional organization strategies, you can create a space that feels roomy enough to drink, eat, and be merry without having to worry about having enough room.

Organizing A Small Pantry

how to organize a small pantry
A pantry is another example of a space that can easily become a dumping ground. It’s easy to let old groceries, snacks, containers, and utensils pile up and fill your pantry to the brim.

When you don’t have a ton of room to work with, you may not know where to store your snacks, cutlery, or groceries, but these tips are here to help with exactly that.

Organizing A Small Living Room

How To Organize A Small Living Room
Your living room is one of the most important rooms in the home — it’s where everyone gathers to be together! In a small living room, it’s super easy for your magazines, board games, DVDs, and trinkets to become a cluttered mess.

However, with a little bit of strategy, you can make your living room feel spacious, even if its dimensions are cozy. It can be overwhelming to know where to begin, but that’s where expert advice comes in.

Organizing A Small Bathroom

how to organize a small bathroom
It’s very easy for a small bathroom to get cluttered, fast. With so many hygiene products, medications, makeup, and toiletries, and not a lot of room to work with, it’s easy to have things spilling out of bathroom drawers and cabinets.

However, with a few expert tricks, you can organization your small bathroom in a way that allows you enough room to get ready each morning and night, space for your stuff, and maybe even some extra space left over.

Organizing A Small Laundry

how to organize a small laundry
A laundry room is often the smallest room in your home. You need space to get your weekly chores done, so when you don’t have a ton of space to work with, it can be quite the hassle. You don’t want your disorganized laundry room to slow down your weekly washing schedule.

Organizing A Small Office

How To Organize A Small Office
Today’s work from home culture can be a challenge to make happen when you live in a small space. You’ll want to keep your home office organized and tidy so you can be productive and creative in your tiny office space and not let all the office supplies pile up in file cabinets and junk drawers.

Organizing A Small Garage

How To Organize a Small Garage
Your garage can be used as a savvy storage space, a workroom for all those household projects, and a place to keep next season’s holiday decorations, so it’s important to keep it from becoming cluttered. Check out this post to let your small garage work for you instead of against you.

Your Turn!

  • Which small room do you need help keeping organized in your home?
  • How can you become better at organizing small spaces?

How To Organize A Small Bathroom

How To Organize A Small Bathroom

how to organize a small bathroom

NAVIGATION

It can be a tricky to organize your small bathroom in a way that is conducive to your daily routines, especially when space is your enemy. However, with a little creativity, organizing a small bathroom can be a cinch.

ryans tiny house

Hi, I’m Ryan

I’ve lived in a tiny house for the past 10 years and have had to be really intentional with the way I organize my rooms. I’ve learned to organize my tiny bathroom in a way that works for my morning and night routines and leaves me feeling refreshed.

ryan mitchell simple living expert

Simple Steps To Start Organizing Your Small Bathroom

Steps To Start Organizing Your Small Bathroom

In a small bathroom, it’s easy for things to become cluttered quickly. With so many medicines, bathroom and shower products, and toiletries to keep track of, it can be tempting to just throw it all in our cabinets and drawers without a second thought.

However, it’s truly worth it to set yourself up for success each day by organizing your bathroom in a way that works best for you. I like to have the items I use every day right at my fingertips to make my morning shower and shave routine a breeze.

Step One: Start With Your Bathroom Countertops

Start With Your Bathroom Countertops

Take a look around your small bathroom — what items are stacked up on your countertops and creating excess clutter? It’s likely that you don’t have a lot of natural counter space built in.

This means it is going to be super tempting to fill your counter space with those bathroom essentials. Don’t do it! Countertops are not storage, and filling them up with products will only make your small bathroom feel even smaller. When organizing, take everything off of your countertops and start from scratch.

clear your bathroom counter space

Step Two: Dig Clutter Out From Bathroom Cabinets And Drawers

Dig Clutter Out From Bathroom Cabinets And Drawers

Now it’s time for the fun part: going through all of those bathroom products, makeup containers, random bobby pins, and old medicine bottles shoved in the back of your bathroom cabinets and drawers. Like I said before, it’s so easy to let a small bathroom become a mess incredibly quickly.

Take everything out of the your drawers and cabinets. And yes, I mean everything! You won’t be able to fully organize your small bathroom effectively without getting everything out of those nooks and crannies.

small bathroom cabinet drawers

Step Three: Declutter The Bathroom Products You Never Use

Declutter The Bathroom Products You Never Use

Once you have everything sorted, dive into the decluttering process. It’s important to get rid of everything you never use before you start to organize to give you optimal room in your small bathroom.

You definitely don’t need to keep empty bottles, old makeup, expired medications, and other outdated products around. This is also a great time to declutter accessories you never wear and products you just don’t use in your daily life.

When I was decluttering my small bathroom in my tiny house, I used the Four Box Decluttering method. I love this method because it is always effective yet so simple to make happen.

four box decluttering method

Step Four: Categorize Items By Their Purpose in Your Daily Routine

Categorize Items By Their Purpose in Your Daily Routine

This is vital to making your morning and nightly routines stress free, especially if you’re limited by space.

I’ve found that the best way to categorize items in any room is to [BOLD] sort your items by the specific purpose they serve. That way, when you go to look for your favorite face wash or hair product, you know exactly where to look and don’t waste any time.

Step Five: Intentional Placement Of Items In Your Small Bathroom

Intentional Placement Of Items In Your Small Bathroom

Once you have everything in your small bathroom sorted into categories that make sense, you’ll want to work on the placement of your items.

Put items together that serve the same purpose and keep them in locations that make sense. If you use a product every single day, put it in the most accessible spot. Items you keep around for guests can go farther from the front of your cabinet. You get the picture.

Placement Items In Your Small Bathroom With Intention

Organization Guide For Each Room Of Your Home

home organization guide

Tips And Tricks For Organizing A Small Bathroom

Tips And Tricks For Organizing A Small Bathroom
When trying to organize your small bathroom, it’s important to think about the little things you can do to be creative with the space you do have and make the most of your morning and nightly routine.

1Try Doubling Your Shower Rods

This is one of my favorite tricks ever for bathroom organization. Invest in two shower rods for your shower and use the front rod for your shower and liner, while using the back rod to hang items like a foot scrub, a loofah, or a lightweight shower caddy. You can literally use the air as storage with this method.

2Use The Back Of Your Bathroom And Cabinet Door

Utilizing the backs of doors is one of the best ways to make the most of a small space. Whether it be hanging towels on the back of your bathroom door or hair styling products to the back of your bathroom cabinet, the backs of doors are vast spaces to use when low on room.

3Be Strategic With How You Store Your Towels

Towels can take up a lot of space in a small bathroom. Just a couple of thick, stacked towels can take up an entire shelf in a bathroom cabinet! When it comes to storing towels, try back of door rods, corner baskets, ladders, or even shelves over the door to take up less space.

towel hangers on door
use a wicker basket for towel storage
bath towel storage on drying rack
bathroom towels stored above door
store towels on unique wall hanger
store towels on wall hanger

4Use A Small Hutch For Outside Storage

If your small bathroom is next to a larger living room or hallway, take advantage of that. You may not have enough room in a tiny bathroom to store all the essentials you need. Invest in a small hutch or hanging cabinet to go outside the bathroom for the items you don’t need to get to every day.
Small Hutch For Bathroom Storage

5Hang Floating Shelves And Baskets On The Wall

Floating shelves and baskets are definitely going to be your friend in a small bathroom. Invest in shelves and baskets to store bathroom essentials you need easy access to, but don’t want to let clutter your countertops and the inside of your bathroom drawers.
floating shelves for small bathroom

6Use A Standing Ladder To Hang Bathroom Essentials

Standing shelves can be large in width and take up a lot of room in a tiny bathroom. To stay away from bulky shelves and storage, try using a decorative standing ladder to hang baskets or bathroom essentials.
Standing Ladder To Hang Bathroom Essentials

7Invest In Cordless Styling Tools And Products

Cords might not be something you initially think of when it comes to bathroom clutter, but there are a lot of items we use every day to get ready that have a cord. Hair dryers, straighteners, toothbrush chargers, curlers, and even an extra phone charger.

It’s worth it on the front end to invest in cordless products to clear your counterspace, especially when those items are often plugged in right next to your sink.

8Install Magnetic Storage Strips

Using magnetic strips is a must in a small bathroom. You can slap tweezers, razors, scissors, nail clippers, and more right on the wall instead of letting them pile up in your makeup bag or bathroom drawers.

Inspiration For Organizing A Small Bathroom

Inspiration For Organizing A Small Bathroom

When you don’t have a ton of space in your small bathroom, you have to be creative with the ways you maximize space. These organization products can help you stay organized in the space you start and end your day in.

Bathroom Countertop Organizer

Invest In A Countertop Organizer

This toothbrush stand is ideal for a small space. It’s a three-in-one holder, with room for your toothbrush, toothpaste, and rinsing cups.

Floating Wall Shelves

Add These Floating Shelves To The Wall

Making use of wall space is essential in any small bathroom. Try these floating shelves to store lotion, face wash, perfume, or any products you need to use every day.

Organization Jars

Decorate With Organization Jars

Small countertop organization jars are not only efficient for storing things, but they’re also aesthetically pleasing. These sleek canister apothecary jars are a valuable addition to your tiny bathroom space.

Cups For Makeup

Use These Cups For Makeup And More

If you are in need of a space to store makeup besides just your drawers, the extra slim design of these cups are great for corners or other in between spaces in a small bathroom.

Metal Back Of Door Holder

Invest In A Metal Back-Of-Door Holder

It’s crucial to make the most of back-of-the-door storage when you are in a small space. This metal holder includes a rack as well as spherical holders to help keep hair styling products in place.

Narrow Bins For Bathroom Storage

Buy Narrow Bins That Fit Around Sink Pipes

Bins that can fit around your sink pipes are one of the best things you could possibly purchase for underneath your sink in a small bathroom. Bulging sink pipes can easily suck up all of your ideal storage space in a small bathroom, but investing in bins that fit around that can be a space saver.

Lazy Susan In Your Small Bathroom

Use A Lazy Susan In Your Small Bathroom

A lazy Susan is a great product to use for storing makeup products in a small bathroom. It takes up just as much room as any rack, but it spins, giving you extra space and easy access to all of your daily belongings.

Narrow Trash Can

Slide A Narrow Trash Can Under Your Sink

Trash cans can easily take up space in a small bathroom, so using a slim trashcan when you don’t have a ton of space is crucial for making room in your small bathroom. This trash can is built to be nestled between small spaces.

Bathroom Drawer Organizers

Use Organizers In Your Bathroom Drawers

Keeping the inside of your drawers organized is a wise way to keep clutter from piling up in a small bathroom. This drawer organizer set has six compartments and lots of storage space.

Makeup Caddy

Try A Makeup Caddy

This makeup caddy is perfect for keeping your beauty products as neat and organized as possible. It’s also easy to transport when you need to.

Hanging Bins

These Hanging Bins Keep You Organized

If you need organizer bins to hang from the backs of your bathroom door or bathroom cabinets, try these organizers. Store and organize makeup, grooming tools, and more in these bins.

Storage Cube For Makeup

Use A Storage Cube For Makeup

If you’re searching for a product that can help you keep all of your makeup necessities in one place, try out this storage cube. You can also stack this storage bin vertically to help create more space.

Minimalists Checklist When Organizing A Small Bathroom

Minimalists Checklist When Organizing A Small Bathroom

Organizing your small bathroom in a way that works for you is always possible, despite having a limited amount of space. With just a few strategies in place, it’s easy to make your space your own.

SMALL BATHROOM ORGANIZATION CHECKLIST

Sort Items In Your Bathroom

  • Sort items by purpose
  • Place daily items nearby
  • Clear countertops
  • Put away what you use least
  • Clean out bathroom drawers
  • Make a pile to discard

Organizing A Small Bathroom

  • Give everything a place
  • Use your wall space
  • Organize shower caddy
  • Hang on backs of doors
  • Use drawer dividers
  • Add floating shelves

Design Your Small Bathroom

  • Design your bathroom
  • Remove large items
  • Maximize space
  • Countertops are not storage
  • Be intentional with placement
  • Remove nonessentials

Use Space Organizers

  • Use a lazy susan
  • Try a makeup caddy
  • Install magnetic strips
  • Invest in hanging bins
  • Utilize a hutch for linens
  • Buy a toothbrush stand

Your Turn!

  • What tips will you use to keep your small bathroom organized?
  • What steps will you take today to create more functional bathroom space?

How To Organize A Small Garage

How To Organize A Small Garage

How To Organize a Small Garage

NAVIGATION

A garage can be used for much more than parking. Your garage can also double as an important storage space, a workroom for all those household projects, and a place to keep next season’s holiday decorations.

However, organizing a small garage is no easy feat. The last thing you want is to deal with is years and years of clutter crowding your space, leaving no room for any of the other garage essentials.

ryans tiny house

Hi, I’m Ryan

I am a huge projects guy, and am pretty dependent on having a clean and organized work table in my daily life. I am intentional about the way I organize small spaces so that they still feel spacious and functional.

ryan mitchell simple living expert

Simple Steps To Start Organizing Your Small Garage

Steps To Start Organizing Your Small Garage

Within a small garage, it is way too easy for old clothing, furniture, toys, tools, games, dishes, decorations, and endless miscellaneous trinkets to get thrown into your space.

As the stuff stacks up, it makes it difficult to keep your small garage organized and spacious. However, with a strategy, you can create more room for work and play.

Step One: Sort What’s Visible In Your Small Garage

Sort Whats Visible In Your Small Garage

When it comes to organizing any small space, the best way to begin is with the items you can already see. Take a look around your small garage — what do you have laying around that can be sorted better? Move tools, stacked dishes, furniture, and other trinkets and knick-knacks to the center of the room.

If you’re trying to organize your small garage all in one day, consider using your driveway as a holding space while you work to get everything organized. As you lay everything out, start to make piles based on categories that makes sense. Keep toys with toys, sports equipment with sports equipment, and décor with décor.

small garage organization

Step Two: Sort What’s Hiding In The Depths Of Your Garage

Sort Whats Hiding In The Depths Of Your Garage

Now it’s time for the fun part — going through items hidden away. Similar to an attic or a basement, it’s all too easy for your small garage to become a dumping ground.

Dig in the back of garage cabinets, under tables, in drawers near your tool wall, inside of stacked boxes, or in any other storage areas you may have in your small garage.

Take out all of your extra clutter and gather it on your driveway or in the center of your garage floor with the rest of your items. Make sure you categorize things as you go and create piles while you dig through every nook and cranny.

Potential Items Stored In A Garage

  • Old clothes
  • Extra dishes
  • Home décor
  • Sports equipment
  • Car supplies
  • Toys and games
  • Books, movies, DVDs
  • Hardware tools
  • Holiday decorations
  • Donation boxes
things to store in a small garage

Step Three: Declutter What You Don’t Need

Declutter What You Do Not Need

Once you have everything sorted, it’s time to dive into the decluttering process. It’s important to declutter your belongings before you organize them so you can get rid of everything you don’t actually need to keep around in your small garage.

I like to go with the Four Box Decluttering because of the way the approach is set up. I find the method to be incredibly simple, yet highly effective for getting the job done.

Step Four: Reorganize Your Small Garage Layout

Reorganize Your Small Garage Layout

Organizing a small garage goes beyond sorting the stuff you own. A huge facet of the organization process involves layout and design.

four box decluttering methodIf you aren’t intentional about the way you organize and lay out your small garage, you’ll create a space where you have to work much harder to feel like you have the room you need. With an intelligent design, you can have room for your cars, storage, and work table despite the challenge of a small space.

There are several functional ways you can organize your small garage. Typically, you’ll have your work table area against the furthest flat wall, away from the car area. You can design your work table set up however you please, depending on how much of a handyman you tend to be and how large your projects are.

Against the perpendicular wall, it’s wise to add in extra storage. To do that, you can install cabinets, add floating shelves, or buy storage bins and some kind for rack for all your miscellaneous storage needs.

1 car small garage layout

1 car small gareage floorplan

2 car small garage floorplan

2 car small garage layout

Step Five: Categorize Items By How They’re Used

Categorize Items By How They Are Used

I’ve found that the best way to categorize items in any room is to [BOLD]sort your items by the specific purpose they serve. This way, you know exactly where everything you need is at all times.

erin mursch

“After you think you’re done organizing, look at your garage with fresh eyes. Put the tools you use most frequently in the easiest to reach spots. Add some shelving, add some hooks — make your garage functional.”

– Erin Mursch, Organized For Good

Be sure not to forget about key categories in your small garage. This might look like keeping all of your pool toys in a bin on the backyard side of the garage, keeping your bicycle and air pump by the garage door, or keeping all of your car repair gadgets by your parked cars.

Potential Categories In A Garage

  • Sports gear
  • Pool toys and towels
  • Car supplies
  • Lawn care
  • Bike and pump
  • Seasonal décor
  • Gardening gear
  • Hardware tools
  • Camping gear
  • Workout equipment
  • Items to donate
  • Miscellaneous storage

Organization Guide For Each Room Of Your Home

home organization guide

Tips And Tricks For Organizing A Small Garage

Tips And Tricks For Organizing A Small Garage

When trying to organize your small garage, it’s important to think about the little things you can do to maximize your space and make the most of storage areas.

1Clear Everything Off Your Small Garage Floor

The absolute best thing you can do to make the most of your small garage space is clear everything off the floor. It’s all too easy for your garage floor to become a dumping ground for miscellaneous items, storage boxes, and items that don’t have their own home.

It’s absolutely essential that you avoid the impulse to throw things on the floor if you want to stay organized and on top of your space. I’ve listed a ton of storage hacks further down in the post that can help you avoid using your floor space as a storage area.

small garage floor

2Make It Easy On Yourself By Using Labels

In any room you need organized, labels are going to be your best friend. This is especially true in rooms like a kitchen, craft room, or garage, where you collect tools that help you perform daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and building.

Invest in a label maker and go crazy labeling the drawers and cabinets in your small garage. You will only thank yourself later when you are able to locate your nails and hammer in record time.

3Store Items On The Underside Of Surfaces

Becoming an expert organizer means considering utilizing spaces you may not initially think of. Don’t forget about ways you can use the underside of flat surfaces like the bottom of a workbench, underneath cabinets, or the space between the bottom of a rolling shelf and your garage floor.

Make the most of these spaces by installing hooks to hang tools underneath cabinets, adding under shelf baskets, or even hanging your ladders sideways on the wall space under your raised shelving.

4Repurpose Old Furniture To Use As Storage

Before you head to the store to buy a bunch of organization bins, consider what you can do with items you already have at home. I love the idea of upcycling old furniture to use as extra storage, especially in a small garage where that very same furniture piece is probably already being stored.

Repurpose an old armoire or wardrobe to store toys, sports equipment, and games. Use an old baby crib spring as a tool wall. Turn old coat hangers into hooks for yard tools. There are endless possibilities when it comes to upcycling.

5Outline Your Hanging Hardware Tools With Paint

This tip takes a little extra work on the front end, but it’s a great way to stay extremely organized in your small garage. When you outline your tools in paint on your tool wall, you can visually see exactly where that tool needs to hang when you’re done using it.

This is an especially helpful trick for people with tons of tools because it helps you keep track of everything you own and easily visualize if you’ve misplaced a tool.

6Organize Hand Tools With Magnetic Strips

Magnetic strips can be a godsend when it comes to keeping your tools organized. If you’re like me, always busy with the next project around the house, you’ll need a nifty way to keep track of all those small hand tools.

Using a magnetic strip is awesome because you can just slap tools on the strip at the end of each use and you always know where they’re located. Also, magnetic strips are relatively inexpensive and easy to add to any tool wall.

magnetic tool strip

7Hollow Out PVC Pipes To Hang Rakes, Brooms & Shovels

Don’t be so quick to throw out your extra PVC pipes. PVC Pipes are a great way to keep your garden and yard tools in place. Just cut out a small piece of PVC pipe, hang it on your flat wall, and slide your garden tools in to help keep them in place.

8Use Painter’s Tape To Map Out A Walking Path

If your garage is so small that you inevitably have to fill the floorspace — have no fear. There are still ways you can incorporate order and organization even if you absolutely must use your floor space.

My best suggestion is to map out a walking path through your small garage with painter’s tape. Mapping off a specific walking path is a wise way to ensure clutter doesn’t find its way between you and the items you need to reach.

use painters tape to mask area

Inspiration For Organizing A Small Garage: Storage And Cleaning

Inspiration For Organizing A Small Garage

When you don’t have a ton of space in your small garage, you have to be creative with the ways you maximize the space and the storage products you invest in to help you create room.

Not only are storage products essential for keeping your small garage organized, but also you don’t want to lose the mojo once you finally get your space clean. I’ve linked some cleaning products that are helpful in keeping your garage organized in the long term.

ceiling rack for small garage

Invest In A Ceiling Rack For Extra Storage

Making use of ceiling storage is key when trying to keep your small garage organized. This garage storage rack from MonsterRax can hold up to 500 pounds and is great for bicycles or huge storage bins of sports equipment or car supplies.

rubbermaid tool hanging kit

Use This Rubbermaid Tool Hanging Kit

This Rubbermaid Fastrack tool hanging kit is the perfect wall mount for hand tools, garden tools, yard tools, and more. It’s great for providing easy access to the essential yard and garden tools you use every day.

walll storage holder for camping chairs

Wall Storage Holder For Camping Chairs

If you have kids with soccer games or love to take your family camping at your local state parks, you’ll need easy access to camping chairs. Try this wall storage holder. It easily mounts to your garage wall and can hold up to four chairs.

tote stackers

Try These Tote Stackers For More Storage

Matching bins are essential for giving a small space a more orderly feeling. These 50-gallon, matching stackable totes are perfect to give you tons of storage in your small garage.

wall mount rack for cleaning supplies

Use This Wall Mount Rack For Your Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are items you’ll need frequent and easy access to. Try this wall-mounted storage rack for your sprays, brooms, mops, and sponges.

outdoor mini shed

Purchase This Outdoor Mini Shed

If you don’t have enough space inside, create more space outside with this outdoor mini shed. This shed has three tiered shelves, is waterproof, and comes with lockable doors.

tool rack organizer

Invest In This Tool Rack

A high-quality tool rack is a must in a well-organized garage. This rack holds up to four power drills and also includes a shelf for other electric hand tools.

Ladder Ceiling Storage Hoist

Try This Ladder Storage Rack

I love this ladder storage rack! It neatly hoists your ladder and stores it in the air. It uses a pulley system to raise and lower your ladder.

Bike Rack Garage Wall Mount

Hang Up Your Bicycle With This Bike Hanger

Bicycles can easily take up a huge amount of space in a small garage. This wall-mounted bike rack is ideal for maximizing vertical storage space and hanging your bike on the wall.

Wall Mount Hardware Storage

Use These Drawers To Keep Track Of Small Parts

You don’t want to lose your nuts, bolts, nails, and other small yet essential pieces. Try this set of drawers to keep track of all the small parts you need to store in your garage. Don’t forget to label your drawers to stay extra organized!

cord wraps

Try Out These Cord Wraps

Tangled cords are the absolute worst. Try these heavy-duty cord straps to keep all of your extension and electrical cords neatly wrapped.

erin mursch

“Always wrap your cords! Get some Velcro wraps, rubber bands, or twist ties to keep your cords from becoming a tangled mess.”

– Erin Mursch, Organized For Good

Make It Easy To Keep Your Garage Clean

Ridgid Portable Vacuum

Get a Good Quality Vacuum

I definitely recommend this vacuum to use in a small garage. I have this model and it’s small and compact, but has a lot of power. It’s great for getting dirt and dust out of hard-to-reach places. I’ve also included a link to a hose upgrade if needed.

Premium Multi-Surface Push Broom

Try Out This Multi-Surface Push Broom

This broom is perfect for making sure your garage floor stays clean. The set comes with the broom itself as well as interchangeable cleaning heads.

Heavy Duty Aluminum Dustpan

Invest In A Quality Dust Pan

A good dust pan is key for keeping your small garage squeaky clean. Try out this durable, aluminum dust pan by Quickie.

Heavy-Duty Round Trash Can

Every Garage Needs A Good Trash Can

I love this heavy-duty trash can by Rubbermaid. It is super sturdy and comes in many colors.

High Flow Safety Blow Gun

Use This Air Gun To Eliminate Dust

This high-flow air gun is awesome for clearing dust, crumbs, and debris out of small crevices and corners. Try it out for yourself!

Minimalists Checklist When Organizing A Small Garage

Minimalists Checklist When Organizing A Small Garage

Organizing your small garage in a way that makes it feel larger than it actually is will give you the room you need to complete all of your household projects, park your cars, and keep things in storage.

SMALL GARAGE ORGANIZATION CHECKLIST

Sort Items In Your Garage

  • Make piles by category
  • Sort your car supplies
  • Make a pile of garden tools
  • Put away home décor
  • Create a miscellaneous pile
  • Put things to donate in a box

Organizing In A Small Garage

  • Clear off your garage floor
  • Hang tools from the wall
  • Use space underneath surfaces
  • Label drawers of small parts
  • Give every tool a home
  • Make use of vertical space

Design Your Small Garage

  • Choose a garage layout
  • Play with item placement
  • Create a work station area
  • Don’t use the floor as storage
  • Be strategic placing large items
  • Leave room to park your cars

Storage For Your Garage

  • Use shelves, cabinets, and racks
  • Add a magnetic strip for tools
  • Use a tool shed outside your garage
  • Add extra racks to garage wall
  • Buy cleaning products to stay tidy
  • Repurpose old furniture

Your Turn!

  • What tips will you use to keep your small garage organized?
  • What steps will you take today to begin maximizing your small garage?