It happens to all of us, we have a large garage that somehow has been packed with so much stuff that we just can’t fit our car anymore. If this has happened to you, we have four tips for de-cluttering your garage and creating a spacious area of your home that is organized as well as does its job… being a home to your garage.
1. One Corner at a Time
De-cluttering a garage can be an all day task but if you don’t have that kind of time, or don’t want to feel overwhelmed, start your job with one corner at a time. Pick the corner closest to your home entry door and start by deciding what can be thrown away and what needs to be kept. Spare boxes from when you moved in a year ago can probably go to recycling while your snowboard and lawnmower most likely need to stay. Another thing to do is ask how often you use something, say the extra table you keep for guests. If you haven’t used it the whole time you’ve had it… its time to create some space by getting rid of it. If you have items like sporting equipment or furniture that you don’t’ use, you may consider having a garage sale. Then you can clean out those items, earn a little extra cash and prepare your garage for your car all in one swoop.
2. Have a Garage Sale
Garage sales are a great way to earn some extra cash on those items that you no longer use but were somewhat expensive. We have several items like that, that we’ve held onto because we can’t bear to throw away that crock pot that cost $100 but we never use. A garage sale can ensure that the crock pot gets used by someone else and that you didn’t just throw $100 out for nothing. You’ve held onto these items because they are valuable, someone else might think so too.
3. Purchase Storage Shelves
If you have a lot of smaller items or boxes that can’t be thrown away, it is a wise investment to looking into purchasing storage shelves or overheard storage racks. These items can make your garage feel organized while helping it look less cluttered. Overheard garage storage racks are great for seasonal items like those once-a-year Christmas boxes. Instead of those boxes taking up floor and car space, they can be placed overheard and out of the way.
4. Get a Steel Garage
Steel garages can be used for a number of reasons (even to house cars,) but in this case, we suggest using them to store outdoor items like the snowboard, the Jet Ski, the bikes and the lawn mower. These items can’t be left outside and need to be stored where they will remain in good condition. However, they can take up a lot of space in a garage. To get the best of both worlds, get a small steel garage or shed for your back yard and place the items in there. And honestly, did you like moving all the cars and items out of the garage just to mow the lawn? Now it’s an easy pull out of the storage shed and you are good to go.
So the next time your garage is starting to look overwhelming and no longer fitting your car, go through these four easy steps and see how much less clutter your garage can actually have. What are your garage cleaning tips?