Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Step-by-Step Plan to Declutter & Organize Your Garage!

 Clutter-Free & Organized Garage

Cluttered & Disorganized Garage

Did you know almost 60% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park their cars there or have room for only one car? It’s not easy to get rid of stuff we don't need or use, but it’s more convenient and much easier to put them in the garage and deal with them later, which will contribute to small or massive clutter! 

If you’re ready to take on the task of decluttering, organizing and tidying up your garage, now it's the perfect time to do it, rather than later. So, let’s get started!

Step 1 - Declutter and Let Go

Depending on the size of your garage and the amount of clutter, choose a full day or a full weekend for decluttering and organizing your garage.

1. Make decluttering your garage a family project by including family members (including kids), relatives and even a few close friends. This will help speed up the process. Plus, they are not as attached as you are to the stuff in your garage and they can motivate-help you to get rid of them.

2. Get some boxes and label them as donate and sell. Next, bring your garbage & recycling bins into your garage, go through every single items, keep what's essential and put the rest in your garbage & recycling bins, donate and sell boxes. This will accelerate your decluttering process, instead of piling what you don’t want somewhere in the garage and then sorting them out afterward.

Letting go - A good tip for judging which items to let go of is to ask yourself one and only one question: Have I used this in the past one year? If your answer is no, then it’s time to get rid of it

3. Pack up donated boxes in your car and drop them off at the nearest donation center as soon as possible.

4. Set aside items you plan to sell at an upcoming yard sale, online, or local consignment stores. If you are planning to have a yard sale, schedule it soon.

Step 2 - Organize What’s Left

Once, you are done with decluttering your garage, it’s time to organize it. First, figure out how much space your car(s) will take and then work with what’s left by placing items in spaces based on their types and uses.

Frequently Used: Keep items that you use frequently, such as shopping bags and pet leashes within easy reach – perhaps on hooks by the door.

Items Used Together: Create zones for groups of things such as auto care, gardening, and sports equipment so that like items are stored together.

Bulkier Items: Use the two back corners of the garage to store bulkier items such as a lawn mowers.

Rarely Used: Place rarely used items, such as holiday decorations or snow tires, on higher shelves of sturdy shelving units.

Tools and Bicycles: Tools such as shovels and rakes and bicycles are best stored by hanging on the wall.

Important to keep in mind: If you’re using cardboard boxes as storage containers, you might want to seriously consider investing in some plastic bins that will keep insects and rodents from taking up residence in your house.

Step 3 - Keep it Tidy

Once you’re done with all of that, you’ll have a clutter-free garage that is organized nicely. The next step is to make efforts year round to keep it that way.

Keep floor space as free as possible.
Spray for pests from time to time to keep insects at bay.
Sweep and hose down the floors regularly to get out dirt.
And the most important step of all: Repeat at least once a year to purge what’s no longer wanted or needed.

Happy Decluttering & Organizing!

Ellie Lavender
Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Interior Designer
Lavender Design + Cuisine

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