This week, let’s focus on decluttering the garage.
You are lucky if you have a garage. But not so lucky if it is cluttered and unusable. The garage is the place where all the stuff that you don’t know what it is and what to do with lives. So many people are storing a bunch of “junk”, worth very little, all the while parking their 20, 30, 30 thousand dollar car outside. Talk about delayed decisions!
Now is a great time of year to tackle the garage. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or take days. You can get it organized enough to hopefully relocate your car by just spending 15 minutes each day creating a little order.
Day 1. It’s garbage bag day. Grab a bag and fill it. A lot of old, yucky, broken stuff live in the garages of the world. Do your part to eliminate a little of this stuff from your space.
Day 2. For the next few days, focus on one type of item that you want to keep in your garage. It may be sports equipment or lawn care supplies. Gather everything in a category and find a spot to store all these “like items”. A kitchen garbage can is a great solution to storing balls or bats or hockey sticks. A couple of plastic crates and hooks on the wall can coral the lawn care supplies. Your storage solution doesn’t have to be fancy, just workable.
Day 3. Again, pick a category of item that you want to keep in the garage and create order, same as day 2.
Day 4. Do you need another day? Same as yesterday. Do it!
Day 5. Look around, what is left in the middle of the garage floor? It’s time to deal with that stuff. What is it? Large items can be hung from the ceiling. Small items should be stored in boxes or bins with other “like items”. Maybe you need some shelves to line the perimeter of the space.
It can be done. Work on small sections of the space at a time. Focus on one type of item and get that organized, then move on. You will be so happy, when soon you won’t have to scrape the ice and snow off your car windows.
If you missed week 42 of Get Organized in 2012, check it out here.