5 Easy Ways to Declutter & Organize Your Garageby NW Storages on 06/21/18
The garage is often the most cluttered, least organized, most difficult to clean up areas of most people’s homes. Oftentimes, the garage is so full of stuff and junk, equipment and tools, that there’s no room for the car that’s supposed to be there. But cleaning the garage is just too daunting a task for most of us. Keep reading for our easy, garage clearing tips and tricks that you can do in just one weekend.
The walls of your garage are probably not being used to their full capacity. Sure, some of them are covered by shelving (we’ll get to that later) but not all of them! So, make use of that extra space. Wall storage using peg board or systems designed specifically for this purpose can not only make your garage more organized, but also increase floor space.
Once you’ve added some wall storage, make use of it as fully as possible. First off, hang your garden tools. Rakes, shovels, hoes, and more tend to be shoved into corners or dropped wherever it’s convenient. Keep these things easy to find by hanging them from hooks on the wall. Many automotive tools can be stored this way, as well.
Another excellent way to organize your garage is to use drawers. Not just tool box drawers, although they’re certainly a great place to keep small parts and tools, but storage drawers. You can buy inexpensive plastic storage at most stores. These are great for keeping things that can’t be hung on the wall and that aren’t well suited to shelving.
Don’t create a “junk drawer,” though! Use labels to denote what each drawer holds and stick to that. A disorganized drawer or two is probably better than an entire garage, but it’s a lot easier to keep your space uncluttered if you stick to your plan.
Shelves are a good choice for holding yard necessities such as hoses, soil, seed, and fertilizer. They’re great for tarps, sporting equipment, and other items that you want to keep close at hand. You can also use shelving to store camping and hiking supplies, canned foods, and other things that may not be easily stored anywhere else.
Get Rid of the Junk
We all know that there’s a large quantity of the stuff we keep in our garages that we just don’t need, but can’t find the motivation to sort through. But there are some things that you can toss out without a second thought, which will make getting rid of other things easier. The things to discard immediately include:
Outdated electronics. Walkman, VHS tapes and VCR? Really? Corded telephones, analog televisions, excess cords you’re saving “just in case,” and anything else that’s taking up space and serving no purpose.
Broken or duplicate things. If that weed-eater has been broken for six months, it’s not likely you’re going to fix it. You also don’t need those cracked football pads, or that electric skillet that has no lid and no cord. Get rid of all the broken stuff you’ve been holding on to for . . . what?
Old reading materials. That collection of 42 issues of Family Circle, or the entire last year’s issues of your local newspaper aren’t worth hanging on to. Get rid of all those old newspapers, magazines, unneeded repair manuals, and all those catalogs you’ve never ordered from.
DIY project leftovers. Dried paint brushes, pieces of wood that weren’t needed, and anything else that’s been used, saved, and never touched again. It’s just taking up space.
Old clothing. If it’s been in boxes for more than a year, you’re not likely to be wearing it again ever. Get rid of it. The same goes for kid’s clothes; outdated, out of style, and stained or damaged clothing can go.
Waiting projects. How long have you been planning on upcycling that old dresser into an entryway bench? Any projects or crafts you can’t seem to get around to need to go. We’ve all got that habit of procrastinating with good intentions but it might be time to admit that it’s not going to happen.
Clearly, some of these things, such as clothes, craft supplies, and duplicate stuff, can go to the thrift store. Most other items can go in the garbage. However, electronics, chemicals, and old tires should probably be recycled; check for local facilities that can handle these things.
As you’ve hung and shelved the contents of your garage, thrown out everything you don’t need or won’t use, and filled your drawers with all manner of things, what’s left is the stuff you want to keep. Maybe you lack enough room for it, or maybe it’s something seasonal, like Christmas decorations. You might have a stack of things you only use rarely, or something you can’t part with but don’t need to have nearby. These things can be kept in secure, affordable, convenient self-storage.
When you use self-storage to protect your belongings, you can access them easily yet relax, knowing they’re protected by excellent security measures and strong locks.
It’s not always necessary to have all of our belongings in our homes, sheds, or garages. When something isn’t frequently used or serves a limited purposes, or when seasons - and your needs - change, self-storage is an excellent option for keeping your things safe and accessible, while helping to keep your life less cluttered.