A cluttered garage can be a source of frustration for many homeowners. It’s a space that often accumulates all sorts of items over the years, from old sports equipment to gardening tools and holiday decorations. However, a cluttered garage doesn’t just hinder your ability to find what you need; it can also reduce the usable space in your home. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to clean out garage clutter and reclaim this valuable space.

6 Steps to Clean Out Garage Clutter

Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your garage. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at some tips for decluttering kids outdoor toys in your garage.

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Currently we are working on decluttering the Garage. The daily task for today, Sept. 14, 2023, is to begin decluttering any kids outdoor toys in your garage. Remember, we are focusing on just the garage area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.

6 Steps to Clean Out Garage Clutter

6 Steps to Clean Out Garage Clutter

Step 1: Set Clear Goals

Before you start cleaning out your garage, it’s essential to set clear goals for the project. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with this cleaning and decluttering process. Do you want to create a functional workspace? Do you need more space for your vehicles? Having a clear vision will help you stay motivated throughout the process.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

To efficiently clean out your garage, gather the necessary supplies beforehand. You’ll likely need:

  • Sturdy trash bags
  • Cardboard boxes or plastic bins
  • Cleaning supplies (brooms, mops, and cleaning agents)
  • Shelving units or storage systems (if required)
  • Labels and markers for organizing

Having these items on hand will make the process smoother and more organized.

Step 3: Declutter and Sort

The heart of garage cleaning is decluttering and sorting through your belongings. Start by emptying the entire contents of your garage. This may seem daunting, but it’s the most effective way to assess what you have and what you can get rid of.

As you go through your items, use a simple system:

  • Keep: Items you use regularly or are sentimentally attached to.
  • Donate/Sell: Items in good condition that you no longer need but could benefit others.
  • Trash: Items that are broken, damaged, or no longer usable.
  • Recycle: Materials like cardboard, paper, and metals that can be recycled.
  • Hazardous Waste: Dispose of chemicals, paints, and other hazardous materials at designated disposal sites.

Step 4: Clean and Repair

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to clean your garage. Sweep the floors, dust shelves, and wipe down surfaces. If your garage has concrete floors, consider sealing or painting them to make future cleaning easier. Repair any damaged shelves, walls, or fixtures to create a safer and more functional space.

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to clean your garage. Sweep the floors, dust shelves, and wipe down surfaces. If your garage has concrete floors, consider sealing or painting them to make future cleaning easier. Repair any damaged shelves, walls, or fixtures to create a safer and more functional space.

6 Steps to Clean Out Garage Clutter

Step 5: Organize and Store

Now that you’ve decluttered and cleaned, it’s time to organize your belongings. Group similar items together and label boxes or bins to make it easier to find things in the future. Consider installing shelves, pegboards, or wall-mounted racks to maximize vertical space and keep your garage tidy.

Some additional tips for effective organization:

  • Store frequently used items at eye level for easy access.
  • Use clear bins or transparent containers to see the contents without opening them.
  • Hang bicycles, tools, and gardening equipment on hooks to free up floor space.
  • Create designated zones for specific categories, such as sports equipment, holiday decorations, and automotive supplies.

Step 6: Maintenance and Regular Checks

Maintaining a clutter-free garage is an ongoing process. Make it a habit to periodically check your garage for new items that need to be donated, sold, or discarded. Regular maintenance will help you keep your garage organized and functional over time.

6 Steps to Clean Out Garage Clutter

Cleaning out garage clutter can be a daunting task, but with a systematic approach and a clear vision, it’s entirely achievable. Remember that the goal is to create a functional and organized space that not only houses your belongings but also adds value to your home. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a clutter-free and efficient garage.

I personally have a bad habit of placing items that need to be donated in the laundry room behind the door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Delaying decisions means we still need to declutter.

Maybe you have a habit of delaying decisions, too. Let’s decide today where your decluttered items need to go. Do they need to be donated? Disposed of? Don’t delay that decision any longer. If they need to be donated, sort and put them in your vehicle. Then, make a note in your calendar to drop them off at your favorite charity.

As you are decluttering your items, I want you to try not to just move them to another room. You may be tempted to do that. However, resist the urge to keep everything. Decluttering means we actually part with these items. Otherwise, assign those items a permanent home where you can best utilize them.

Declutter Steps for How to Clean Out Garage Clutter

1.Only spend time on your specific daily task. 

2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted. 

3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.

4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.

5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.

High Impact Decluttering Tips for How to Clean Out Garage Clutter

Supplies Needed:

1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)

2. sturdy trash bags

3. marker/pen to label boxes

Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.

Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.

I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.

How to Clean Out Garage Clutter

1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag

2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have

3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again

4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest

5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option

6 Steps to Clean Out Garage Clutter

How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?

First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.

Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.

Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.

Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.

Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.

You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.

Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.

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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.

Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.

Step 3:   How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.

Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered. 

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