Garages are notorious for becoming dumping grounds for all sorts of items that we don’t want cluttering up our homes. Over time, the clutter can accumulate to the point where it becomes a daunting task to clear it out. However, with a well-structured plan and some determination, you can transform your cluttered garage into a clean and organized space. In this blog post, we will outline 7 easy steps to take when clearing clutter from your garage.
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Currently we are working on decluttering the Garage. The daily task for today, Sept. 18, 2023, is to begin decluttering any unneeded hand tools 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.
7 Easy Steps to Take When Clearing Clutter from Garage
Step 1: Set Clear Goals and Priorities
Before you dive into the clutter-clearing process, take some time to establish clear goals and priorities. Determine what you want to achieve with your garage makeover. Are you looking to create a functional workspace, free up space for your vehicle, or simply declutter? Having a clear vision will help you stay focused throughout the process.
Step 2: Gather Necessary Supplies
To efficiently clear clutter from your garage, gather the essential supplies you’ll need. This may include:
- Large trash bags
- Cardboard boxes or plastic storage bins
- Labeling materials (e.g., markers, labels, or masking tape)
- Cleaning supplies (brooms, mops, cleaning solutions, etc.)
- Shelving units or storage systems (if needed)
Having these supplies readily available will streamline the process and make it easier to sort and organize items as you go.
Step 3: Sort and Categorize
Begin by sorting through the items in your garage. Categorize them into three main groups: keep, donate/sell, and discard. Be ruthless in your decision-making; if you haven’t used an item in the past year or it no longer serves a purpose, it’s probably time to let it go.
Step 4: Declutter
Now, it’s time to declutter. Start with the items you’ve decided to discard. This might include broken tools, expired chemicals, or items that are beyond repair. Dispose of these items safely and responsibly, following your local guidelines for hazardous waste.
Step 5: Organize and Clean
With the clutter removed, it’s time to organize the items you’re keeping. Group similar items together and store them in labeled bins or on shelves. This not only keeps things neat but also makes it easier to find what you need in the future.
While organizing, take the opportunity to clean your garage thoroughly. Sweep the floors, dust off surfaces, and consider painting if needed. A clean garage is not only more pleasant to work in but also helps prevent future clutter.
Step 6: Donate or Sell Unneeded Items
For the items you’ve decided to donate or sell, take the necessary steps to get them out of your garage. Organize a garage sale, list items online, or donate them to local charities or thrift stores. It’s a win-win – you free up space and help others in the process.
Step 7: Maintain and Review
Maintaining your clutter-free garage is essential. Regularly review and assess the items you keep in your garage. If you find that clutter is starting to accumulate again, take immediate action to address it. Set aside time periodically to declutter and reorganize as needed.
Clearing clutter from your garage is a rewarding project that can transform a chaotic space into a functional and organized one. Remember that it’s a process that may take some time and effort, but the benefits are well worth it. By setting clear goals, decluttering ruthlessly, and maintaining your organized space, you’ll enjoy a clutter-free garage that serves your needs efficiently. So, roll up your sleeves and get started on reclaiming your garage space today!
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.
Steps to Take When Clearing Clutter from Garage
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 & Steps to Take When Clearing Clutter from Garage
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” Steps to Take When Clearing Clutter from Garage
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
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.
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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 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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