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Has your garage become a wasteland of old baby toys and forgotten Christmas presents, like that exercise bike you got in 1999 that you swore you would use every day, but managed one sweaty ten-minute ride and haven’t touched since? Leaving our poor, beloved cars to be left out on the street at night, usurped in favour of a pile of junk crammed into the garage, never to see the light of day again.  This must end now! But, whilst de-cluttering your garage seems like a great idea on paper, the reality is a whole new, and exhausting, ball game. But fear not, here are out top 5 tips to make de-cluttering your garage as pain free as possible:

Chuck and Keep

Armed with a thousand bin bags, the first thing you need to do is sort through everything in your garage. Throwing things away is hard, so general rule of thumb is:

  • Last used – have you used this item in the last year? If not, chuck it!
  • Value of item - is the item of low value or easy to replace? If you are unsure about keeping an item, but it is not particularly valuable or can be bought easily and cheaply again, get rid of it.
  • Assess your mementos – whilst mementos are an important part of your life, you do not need to keep absolutely everything. Try to spend some time whittling them down so you only have the most meaningful items.

Hold a Sale

Rather than simply throwing the items you no longer need away, try organising a yard sale on your street, or perhaps take your stuff to a car boot sale one weekend. You can then use the money you have raised to help buy storage for your new, clean garage. Or, donate any suitable items to a charity shop instead. If you are unable to transport the items yourself, many charity shops arrange collections from your home.

Zone

Once you have sorted through what you want to keep and what you want to throw, now is the time to reorder your storage. A good way to get your garage in order is to create zones within the space. So, gardening equipment has one zone, mementos another, Christmas decorations another and so on. You can label these zones to make finding things that bit easier. This will also mean that you will have plenty of extra space to store things like, oh…your car!

Keep the Floor Clear

Floor space is incredibly useful in a garage, especially if you want to start parking your car in their too, so take advantage of the wall space, rather than piling boxes on the floor. Attach floating shelves, hooks and pegboards to keep you stuff off the floor, placing the most used items low down, and less used and more dangerous ones higher up.

Keep It Regular

Whilst de-cluttering can be exhausting, try not to leave the next session so long. Clutter can quite easily start to creep in again, meaning you are right back where you started. Try to cast an eye over your garage about twice a year to help maintain a beautifully organised space.

Start as you mean to go on with our fabulous range of garages and motorcycle garages for sale. Our garages are perfectly constructed and make a fantastic addition to your home. Call us on 0800 999 0123 to discuss your needs and our friendly customer service team are sure to find the perfect garage for you. If you found this guide helpful, please check out our blog page where we have numerous informative articles and guides, including how to prepare your garden for winter.

Posted by Matt Jordan

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