July 19, 2017

Spring cleaning your garage

If the only thing you can fit in your garage is your car, it’s time for some spring cleaning! This is the perfect time of year to clear out the clutter in your residential garage and create some designated spaces for storage.

Busy Bee

Start by decluttering:

  • Set aside a full day or weekend to dedicate to the task.
  • Make it a family project! Get the kids or friends involved to help speed up the process.
  • Sort everything into four piles: toss, sell, donate and keep.
  • If you struggle with letting something go, ask yourself if you’ve used it in the last year. If the answer is no, sell, donate or toss it.
  • Don’t keep items just because you may use them someday. Do an honest assessment of your current needs.
  • If you find it tough to get rid of an expensive item, remember that the money has already been spent. Keeping it and not using it won’t bring it back!
  • Take a look at your Toss pile and recycle whatever you can.
  • Drop off your donate items to a local community center or organization.
  • Sell items can be set aside for a yard sale, delivery to local consignment stores or online selling.

Next, organize your keep pile:

  • Store frequently‑used items, like pet leashes or shopping bags, near the door on hooks.
  • Group items that are used together, like gardening tools or car care supplies, in “zones” so they may be stored together.
  • Set aside bulkier items, like a snow blower or lawn mower, in the garage’s two back corners.
  • Rarely used items, like holiday decorations, should go on higher shelves of shelving units.
  • Use your wall space! Hanging up items like rakes, shovels and bikes frees up valuable floor space in your residential garage.

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