Garages are one of the most neglected areas of the house. Junk and clutter often pile up over time, until the task of removing them seems unbearable. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of all that clutter.
First, Get Some Help
You can’t do it yourself. If you try to, you’ll just get overwhelmed when you’re only partially through, and you might end up abandoning the task. Get some professional cleaning help that you can direct and who will do the hard work for you.
Organize Your Stuff Into Categories
When clearing out your stuff, organize them into categories — gardening equipment, sports gear, hardware tools, lawn and yard furniture, seasonal items, etc. Separate each item and place it in the category it belongs. Put the junk in a separate pile.
Organize Your Garage Into Zones
When it comes time to put your stuff back into the garage, you don’t want to deal with the same problem that caused the mess in the first place. Organize your garage into “zones” — a place for your car, a shelf for the hardware tools, a rack for the bikes, a corner for the seasonal items, etc. This way, you’ll stay organized.
Don’t Put Everything Back!
When clearing out your garage, make sure to have a special place where you dump your unneeded items. But that’s not enough! When putting things back, take a second look at every item and ask yourself, “Do I really need this thing?”. If you don’t, toss it into the junk pile. Not everything has to go to waste — you can donate many items to charitable organizations who would be glad to come down to your home and pick them up.