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Before You Organize Your Garage

December 31, 2017

Getting Started

 

Ready to do some house cleaning? Organizing pros estimate that only 30 percent of us store our cars in the garage. The reason? Too much stuff. These garage storage ideas will help you get rid of anything you don't need.


• Set aside at least a full day, or even a full weekend or two, to get the job done.
• Make decluttering a family project and invite over a few friends to pitch in, and it'll go a lot faster.
• Go through absolutely everything, including boxes you didn't unpack when you moved in—you never know where that family heirloom might be lurking.

 

 

The Big Clean Out

 

• Sort all items into three piles: keep, donate or sell, and toss. Lay them on dedicated tarps or mark off areas of your driveway with chalk and place them there. What should get the boot: outgrown toys, items that are broken beyond repair, expired household chemicals (which may need special disposal), and anything you haven't used in two years or more. If you have a hard time letting go of things that have sentimental value, snap pictures as keepsakes.
• Sort the keepers into broad categories (for example, sports equipment, hand tools), and place them in well-marked cardboard boxes or, better yet, stackable clear-plastic bins you can use later. Put the keepers back in the garage for now.
• As soon as possible, donate giveaways and schedule a yard sale to get rid of castoffs. If you've got too much trash for your hauler to take, use a service such as Bagster (thebagster.com); simply buy the bag at a home store, pack it, and contact the company to schedule pickup and disposal (fees vary).

 

The Single Most-Important Clutter-Busting Tip

 

Keep items off the floor whenever possible. You'll free up much more room for your car and avoid sloppy, impossible-to-sort-through piles. If you purchase ready-made shelving units or cabinets, make sure they're raised on legs so that you can clean the floor beneath them easily.

 

Source:  This Old House

 

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