Where to start to clean a cluttered garage
The garage, if you have one, is probably the easiest part of your home to ignore. As a new RAC survey reveals that less than half of us actually use our garages to store a car, instead we slowly fill them with all kinds of household trash, from broken bikes to boxes of children’s toys. , all collecting dust.
But wouldn’t it be great to get it back? Make it a home office, gym, movie theater, or just have enough space to park your car? Here’s how to start decluttering your garage …
1. Purge the really easy bits
There are some tough decisions in every decluttering session, but there are usually some really easy ones too. Relax by throwing away the VHS machine you haven’t used since the late 1990s, the seed packets for a plant you once grew and hated, the weird baskets of chunks you sure won’t miss not because you never knew they were there.
Start in the shallow end; tackle the deep end when you’re warmed up.
2. Harden your heart
The “When In Doubt Throw It Out” squad may just keep reading, but for some of us, getting rid of long-standing possessions, no matter how unnecessary, feels like an emotional ordeal. You don’t have to go all out with Marie Kondo and only keep gardening tools that ‘trigger joy’, but if that doesn’t trigger whatever, it can probably be moved along.
3. Consider storage solutions
You do not to have throw things away to alleviate household chaos, and an unrationalized garage can be made much more streamlined without a single thing going in the trash. Cardboard boxes, a few flat shelves, just putting things in a neat pile – a handful of items can create a huge mess if they are strewn on the floor, and you might find your garage is out of order. not as overcrowded as you thought.
4. Either fix it or put it in the trash
The garage is often the destination of choice for broken but not irreparable items, where they can go unrepaired for generations. Give yourself maybe a few months to repair the handle on your old wheelbarrow. If you still haven’t done it by then, you probably don’t care enough to do it afterwards.
5. Consider a garage sale
The clue is in the name: Unwanted household items cost ten cents in many garages, and a sale on your lawn could kill two birds with one stone. If you have to part with mountains of junk, you might as well let him help you with the mortgage.
6. Clean to clear
Dust and dirt usually doesn’t take up much space, but it’s remarkable how much more open and spacious an area is when everything has been given a makeover. The unsung hero of decluttering might just be your vacuum cleaner.
7. Plan your space
You will be much more motivated to empty your garage if you have a clear idea of what to do with it next. Workshop, gym, home office, or if you’re feeling old-fashioned, just a place to park your car.
8. Reward good behavior
Some people like to declutter, but others don’t really like it, and must see it as the hard work it can sometimes be to get things done. Don’t expect to go through a grueling day in the garage and reward decisive sessions with something you enjoy.