Choose a whole day or a whole weekend to devote your garage to decluttering and organizing, depending on the size of your garage and the amount of clutter.
Make your garage cleaning a family activity. Include members of your family, relatives or a few close friends. This is going to help accelerate the process.
Go through each object and organize it into four stacks: Hold, Donate, Sell, Throw.
A good tip is to ask yourself one and only one question to judge the things to let go of: Have I used this in the past year? If the answer you give is no, then it's time to get rid of it.
Do not store things that you know you will use someday. Wouldn't you rather have the room that these things fill... right now?
Having a hard time letting go of stuff you've spent a lot of cash on? The money has already been invested, so the money spent on it is not coming back, whether you keep the item (and never use it) or let it go. In the future, it is best to just let go and make better investment choices.
Trash or recycle things that you have chosen to throw away.
In your car, pack up things to be donated and drop them off at the nearest donation center.
Set aside products that you want to sell at an upcoming yard sale, online, or local shipping stores. Schedule it now if you are going to have a yard sale.
Organize what remains
It's time to start organizing once that's done and all of the clutter is out. First, find out how much room your car(s) can take and then deal with what's left by putting objects in spaces depending on their styles and uses:
Frequently used: Keep frequently used items such as shopping bags and pet leashes within easy reach, possibly on door hooks.
Together Used Items: Create areas for groups of items such as auto care, gardening, and sports equipment to store together like items.
Bulkier products: Use the garage's two back corners to store bulkier items such as a snow thrower or lawn mower.
Rarely used: On higher shelves of sturdy shelving units, place rarely used items, such as holiday decorations or snow tires, or consider installing a ceiling storage system. Only ensure that the ceiling storage doesn't mess with your garage door.
Tools and Bicycles: By hanging on the wall, tools such as shovels and rakes and bicycles are best kept.
You'll have a cleaner garage that's beautifully arranged once you're done with all of that. The next move is to make attempts to keep it that way all year round.
Keep as much free floor space as possible.
Spray for rodents to keep insects at bay from time to time.
Sweep frequently and hose down the floors to wash dirt out.
And the most critical step of all is to repeat what is no longer required or needed at least once a year to purge it.
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