As many of us know, it can take a lot of effort to have a clutter free garage. This is the room that we consider to be outside, therefore we treat it as a dumpster, when we really shouldn’t. Decluttering your garage may be difficult but it certainly isn’t impossible. If you are looking for the chance to finally use the second parking spot in your two car garage, here are our 9 foolproof steps to a clutter free garage.
Having a dumpster on your property is the best method of tossing out all your unwanted materials. Even if you tend to be a bit of a hoarder, you won’t be able to pass up the satisfaction of throwing stuff into that open-top container. To find out what can and cannot be thrown in a dumpster, check out our What Can You Throw in a Dumpster page. Be sure to call Budget Dumpster when you are ready to start your garage clean out because we can offer the best prices along with the most flexible rental periods on dumpster rentals.
Envision the Layout
Before you start tossing stuff into the dumpster, it is important to envision how you want your garage to look. It may help to have a blue print of your garage, so you can decide where you want everything to go. Take your time planning out the most effective layout for your garage and be sure not to forget about where you will be parking.
Take Everything Out
It can be difficult to decide what you need and what you don’t need, when everything is in the same place it has always been. Taking everything out of your garage will also help you to realize how much stuff you actually have. Once you have everything out of the garage, you can finally see what space you have to work with and what types of storage you will need.
Decide What Needs to Be Tossed
Here comes the hard part, deciding what to keep and what to throw out is always the most difficult part to any organizing or decluttering project. If you have used it in the past year or plan to use it in the next month, it should be kept. If it can be sold at a garage sale and is not damaged, keep it. Throw out all trash and anything not sold at your garage sale.
Have a Garage Sale
A garage sale is great way to incentivize you to get rid of more things. If you have been holding onto a leaf blower but there are zero trees in your vicinity, a garage sale offers the perfect place to get rid of it. If you think you don’t have enough items to have your own garage sale, ask a few neighbors to join in and before you know it, your garage sale will be the hit of the neighborhood.
Did you know you can buy shelving specifically for garages? It’s true, there are companies that make all different types of organizational storage for your garage. Built-in shelving is always my favorite for garages because this is an easy way to display everything you have without hiding it behind cabinets. You can buy cheap organizational storage equipment from places like Ikea, Walmart or any other big department store.
Give Everything a Place
Everything you decide to keep, should have a designated place in your storage containers, shelves, and/or cabinets. Giving everything a place will help you to keep your garage from getting unorganized and cluttered once again. Place things in logical places, if you know you’ll be using your hammer every day, place it in an easy to reach place. When everything has an assigned place, you will save yourself tons of time searching.
Put Everything Away
One great way to make sure your garage doesn’t become cluttered again is to keep everything in its designated place and off the ground. After you are finished using something, always put it away immediately. This is a rule that can be applied to any room of your house and not just the garage.
Reorganize and Clean Weekly
If you start to find the places you put things don’t make a whole lot of sense, go ahead and reorganize. If your organization is not perfect, it will be more difficult for you to keep your garage clean and uncluttered. Force yourself to clean your garage every week. Even if cleaning just involves sweeping and putting away some things, be sure to stick to it because things can pile up fast in a garage.
When you find yourself in need of a clutter free garage, these 9 steps are a great place to start. We understand that starting is the hardest part, but if you’ve gotten this far in the article, then you must be committed. For more information on how to declutter your home, click here. Have you ever organized a cluttered or messy garage? Share your story with us in the comments section below.