Separate your piles into smaller groups. For example, create a pile of sports equipment then break it apart by sport. As the piles get better defined, you will begin to see what sort of hooks, bins and cabinets you will need for storage.
Clean it all outYou'll never really know what lurks in your garage until you empty it. Just clearing out the garage will help you find missing items-and missing space. Just don't forget to check the weather before you pick a day to empty the garage. Set a deadlineIf you're planning on a garage sale to help cut down on the clutter, run an ad in the local paper or put up signs before you clean out the garage as motivation to make sure you get it done.Start simpleAs you empty the garage, sort everything into three piles: keep, donate, and discard. That way you won't spend time reorganizing until you completely empty the garage.IncentivizeIf the kids keep moving long-forgotten toys to the "keep" pile, offer to let them keep the money from the garage sale for items they contribute.