PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The garage is one of the most disorganized rooms in the house.

It can become a dumping ground for toys, sports equipment and tools.

But that garage clutter may be costing you more than just space.

“The kids have a lot of toys, bikes and shoes and all kinds of stuff so it was very unorganized, difficult to get things,” said homeowner Jeff Fredericksen.

Fredericksen says his garage was so bad, he had to climb over piles to get to things.

Professional organizers say clean up the mess by sorting your items– sell the things you don’t need and use storage bins, wall racks and cabinets to keep the things you do.

“Here we have some slat wall which is another popular item in the garage these days,” said professional organizer Tom Fleming. “You can do it in small sections like this, or panel your whole walls, but there are lots of accessories including shelves.”

And if you’re going the extra mile — try epoxy flooring.

The hardened, high-gloss polish resists scuffing and abrasions.

“If you don’t have time to get your garage organized yourself, it might be worth investing in a professional organizer,” said Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. “You need to talk to the organizer to determine what they can bring to the table and make sure the outcome is going to be something you’re going to be able to live with.”

Before hiring, Angie’s List says ask how you’ll be charged. Is it by the hour or by the project and are there additional charges for products?

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