Declutter Your Garage

Declutter your garage

Is your garage the place that gathers all your household and vehicle cast off items?  Unless you are in the 1% of people who have a garage floor clean enough to eat off of, most of us find clutter builds up over time in our garage. Cold, long winters mean we pile stuff up, knowing we’ll have to spend some serious time cleaning up later once the warm weather arrives.

Guess what?

The warm weather is here, and it’s time to declutter your garage. Choose a nice day with a light breeze, so you can open the garage door. Enlist help from family members, while working methodically through these tips to a cleaner, more organized garage.

Tips to Declutter Your Garage

  1. Create walking space: If your garage is so cluttered you can’t walk or move around, haul things outside while you get organized.
  2. Keep items you use: Items you use frequently all year long should be kept in your garage such as your air compressor, tool box, and maybe your bikes.
  3. Store seasonal items: No sense in stepping around sleds and ice skates in July. Store items in a separate shed, storage room in your basement, garage rafters, totes, or even walls of your garage.
  4. Reduce: While this is a  kind word for getting rid of items, many things need-not go in the garbage. Donate those old training wheels or snowmobile helmets you no longer need.
  5. Find homes for odd items: Do you have a collection of coffee cups building up in your garage that simply need to hitch a ride into the dishwasher? Spend some time putting things away around your house and yard that don’t belong in the garage
  6. Return what you can: Call that neighborhood kid over to get his sweatshirt he left 9 months ago and forgot to come back and get. Return the items you’ve borrowed from friends.
  7. Use hooks and nails to hang as many items on the garage walls as possible, up and out of your way.
  8. Designate totes, baskets, or boxes to gather smaller items like toys and lawn games.
  9. Restock your vehicle: If items were taken out of your vehicle and not returned, make sure you put them back before you need them. Double check you have jumper cables, tow rope, tire gauge, ice scraper, etc in the trunk of your vehicle.
  10. Recycle what you can: Never throw anything that can be recycled. Now days you can recycle almost everything. Batteries, tires, pop cans, wine corks, crayons, computers, etc should all be disposed of properly.
  11. Find a junk service: If you have a large amount of clutter that can’t be donated or pawned off on someone, you will need a junk collection service that will know how, what, and where to properly dispose of miscellaneous clutter.
  12. Reuse: If you have an old cupboard from a remodeling project you could use in the garage, or some shelving units to help you store things, repurpose and use items you already have.

Do you have any tips for decluttering and organizing a garage? We’d love you to share your tips.