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Imagine actually being able to park your car in your own garage. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But for some homeowners, their garage is cluttered up with that much rubbish and equipment that no one wants or uses, they can’t actually keep their car in there.
This nightmare can be completely rescinded over the course of a weekend, without breaking a sweat, all thanks to these simple steps.
Make a clean-out plan
The project will run a whole lot smoother if you plan it all out first, so here are a few things you need to do:
- Decide if you want to sell certain items
- Choose where you’ll donate appropriate items
- If you sell items, how you’re going to sell them – online/car boot sale
- Decide how you’ll get rid of unwanted items
Decide on your keep criteria
This is key to a successful, efficient garage clear-out. It’s not good to spend hours on end pondering whether to keep an item or not, you need to be ruthless. These tips will speed up the process by preventing you from agonising over each item:
- Only keep items in working condition
- Keep items you can’t easily rent or borrow from someone else
- Keep only things you’ve used more than once in the past year
- Keep only items from a certain set that you’ve used or plan to use
If you’re still struggling after these tips as to what to keep and what not to keep, click here for 25 Ways to Clean Out the Clutter.
Take everything out
Choose a section of the garage to start off with and drag everything in to the centre of the room, (or on to the drive if it’s a nice day) making it easier to have a real look through and see the space you’ve got to work with and what type of storage you’ll need.
Make sure you have plastic bins, cardboard boxes, bags, and any other handy item so that you can pack each category up as you go along. Now, keeping your ‘keep criteria’ in mind, designate each category its own pile – keep pile, sell pile, charity pile etc.
Keep rubbish bags handy so you can pack up your rubbish along the way, meaning you don’t have a huge clean up at the end, making the cleanout process so much faster.
Once you’ve sorted a section, go back to the previous step and start the sorting all over again.
Now you’ve only got the items that you’re keeping left in your garage, it’s time to get organised. But what’s the best way to organise a garage? It’s different for each house as everyone needs to store different things, but consider these points:
- Use shelving points
- Use wall hooks for larger items
- Group items into categories so they are easily found
- Use cabinets for less frequently used items
- Use a pegboard to organise hand tools
For a more in-depth explanation of how to organise your concrete garage like a pro, click here for an article from the experts at Dencroft Garages.