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Declutter your garage

How to Declutter Your Garage

I’m not sure what it is about garages but I do know that they’re one of the most cluttered spaces in many homes.

According to a recent survey, nearly 50% of Australians say their garage is so cluttered they have trouble parking in it – which is definitely odd given that we’ll park an expensive car in the weather but store unused (and usually unwanted) stuff in the garage.

My experience has shown me that garages have become the burial ground for things we just can’t make decisions about, or no longer need or use. Or, generally for a sentimental reason, just can’t seem to get rid of.

So, the obvious question is, what makes more sense?

Keeping your car in your garage or that dodgy electric kettle which was casually tossed in there at least two years ago when you upgraded?

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It’s easy to close the door on clutter – but organising the garage once and for all will be worth it. Picture: Getty

Reclaim your garage

There are many different definitions for clutter but one of my favourites is that ‘clutter is decisions delayed’.

If your garage is full of things you can’t or haven’t or won’t make decisions about, then next weekend is the time to conquer that clutter, reclaim that space and get your expensive car off the street. This job may take a full day or two, but I guarantee it’s worth the effort.

Enlist helpers

That stuff in your garage didn’t get there by itself, so first up enlist everyone who lives in the house to help. No excuses.

If it’s not going to be today, set a time for a few hours next Saturday morning – or a day coming up when everyone will be home and there’s no rain in the forecast.

My guess is there’s something of everyone’s in the garage, so with everyone onboard and lending a hand decisions can be made quickly and efficiently.

It takes a team to knock garage clutter into shape!

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Enlist the help of family members… just not your four-legged family member. Picture: Getty

Do a little planning

Grab some supplies such as empty trash bags and bins. Designate spaces on the driveway for things that you know you will keep and for things you know will be removed (whether by donation or sale).

Anything that will end up as rubbish should be chucked immediately into a bin. Also plan to have drinks and food on hand so that no one has to leave to grab a bite to eat or find something to drink.

Once the team finds excuses to bail on the job things will start to slide.

A little celebration at the end of the day might not be a bad idea either – make it something everyone is excited to look forward to.

Planning a reward at the end of the job could help. Picture: Getty

Small steps mean huge results

Start small – and start in one area only. Get your crew to attack the areas closest to the outside first. Work your way backwards through the garage, clearing as you go.

Pick everything up and give yourself no more than 10 seconds to decide whether you need to keep it or whether it can leave.

You must be ruthless here.

Your goal is generally to reduce your clutter by about 60%. Be reasonable but fight the urge to keep things ‘just in case’ – that’s probably how things got this way!

You have designated spots for what stays and what goes – quickly sort and place items in their right pile and move on.

Be ruthless

Now, here’s an important point… the things you’ve been keeping do have value. There’s no doubt about that.

So if you find it hard to part with these items, think about the following: Do you want to keep things you may need someday, or do you want to have peace, calm, and a place for your car today?

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Get clearing and decluttering your garage asap so your car can actually be parked in it. Picture: Getty

If you find yourself having trouble letting go of items, then be brave and enlist a friend who you know is perhaps more of a pro at discarding things than you are. Friends don’t let friends keep untidy garages.

Think long & hard about what stays

Once the garage is cleaned out, give it a good sweep and clean up. Now’s the fun part. Start putting things back in the garage but in a very specific way: Keep like items together and create zones.

First up, arrange similar items together: Sport equipment, outdoor/backyard stuff, tools, car stuff and more depending on what you may have.

Then, create zones for these like items: An area for the tools, a spot for the kids’ sporting equipment, a wall for the gardening tools – you get the idea. Just do your best at keeping things together and against the walls.

 

Referance found at : http://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/how-to-declutter-your-garage/