Feeling overwhelmed by all the clutter in your garage? You’re not alone. Here’s how to handle garage clutter removal.
If you’re like many others with a garage you can’t park your car in, decluttering your garage is probably a major task that’s constantly in the back of your mind.
Now that spring cleaning season is inching ever closer, it’s likely that you’re starting to seriously think about how to remove all the clutter in your garage. NOW is a great time to clean out a garage full of junk since it’s finally getting warm outside again.
With a little planning and organization, and maybe a bit of muscle, you can do this! Let’s make your dream of a clutter-free, organized garage can become a reality.
4 Steps to Decluttering a Garage:
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1. Gather Materials Before Decluttering
Before you can start to declutter a garage, you need to make a few preparations. First, you’ll need to have a few items handy:
- contractor trash bags
- a few large baskets or empty boxes
- shop vac or vacuum with a hose attachment
Contractor trash bags are the extra large, thick garbage bags that are usually black. You’re going to need plenty of these for all the stuff that inevitably needs to be thrown away.
Baskets or cardboard boxes will come in handy to hold the items you’ll be setting aside and sorting into different categories during the organization process.
If you’re cleaning and organizing your garage on a tight budget, it’s fine to use what you have on hand. The items listed above just make the decluttering process more efficient.
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2. Set Everything to the Side for Sorting
Even though the fastest way to clean a garage would be to pull everything out and chuck it in a dumpster without going through it, that’s really not the best method of garage cleaning.
Set aside some space for sorting all the stuff you’ll be going through. This will come in handy later when you get to garage organization. When you begin sorting through the items in your garage, you’ll need to divide them into a few categories.
Sort garage clutter by
A mini DIY project here is going to be to label those baskets or boxes with the above categories. As you go through each section of your garage, put each item in its respective category. It’s best to pull everything out into the driveway while doing this.
Putting everything out in an open space and sorting into categories helps you to see how many of one item you may have and how many items are broken, unneeded, or not used. Once you’ve got everything pulled out, you might be surprised by how much stuff you had packed into the garage.
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3. Organize the Garage Clutter
You may not have enough room to pull everything out onto the driveway, and that’s okay. If this is the situation, try to divide the garage into multiple organizing areas and get each area organized before moving on to the next one.
A great way to do this is to start with one corner of the garage or to first pick one type of item. For example, the boxes of holiday decor you’ve stashed away or the small mountain of sporting equipment you’ve amassed over the years. Then, declutter a little bit at a time, going from section to section.
While going through all of the clutter in your garage, there will be a few times you’re not sure whether to keep, donate, recycle, or trash an item. Whenever this happens, ask yourself when the last time was that you actually used that item.
Or, to borrow from Marie Kondo, whether or not that item sparks joy for you or the family member it belongs to. If you haven’t used it in the last year or it doesn’t “spark joy,” it’s time to let it go.
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4. Get Rid of the Garage Junk
Another thing to keep in mind while sorting through all your garage clutter is to actively think about the things you put in the “donate” and “recycle” piles. Items that are damaged or broken should not be donated, while items made primarily of metal, wood, or glass can likely be recycled.
When it comes to actually hauling the “donate,” “recycle,” and “trash” items out of your garage and where they need to go, you can have LoadUp do the heavy lifting for you.
How to clean out a garage full of junk
Often, once you’re done decluttering, instead of spending the time and energy to actually get rid of the stuff you’ve determined is unneeded, it usually ends up in the garage – again. We tell ourselves that we’ll take it to Goodwill this weekend or even that we’re going to re-use that stuff one day!
Unfortunately, that day never seems to come and your garage slowly fills up with more and more junk – once again.
This is a story that’s common for many Americans. In fact, it’s an experience that many parents go through as they age and kids graduate through life stages. We know it’s just too easy to transfer the things we don’t want or need anymore back into the garage.
If you need help getting motivated to clean your garage, just imagine what it’s going to look like once you’re done. It’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be the garage of your dreams.
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However, you feel like it’s going to be an enormous undertaking because you have so much clutter in your garage, then perhaps opting for professional garage cleanout could be the best solution for you.
Chances are, you probably don’t need a guide on how to clean out a hoarder’s garage, but you could use some help with hauling garage clutter away to keep stress levels low.
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When you book a pickup with LoadUp online or over the phone, they’ll pick up all your unwanted junk and haul it away to dispose of it in a way that’s good for the environment.
Plus, they’ll do it at a price that’s 20-30% lower than what most other professional junk removal companies charge.
Think of this post as your personal garage cleanout handbook to keep the process stress-free then next time you’re looking for garage cleaning tips while overwhelmed. This will make getting rid of all the clutter in your garage as easy as it was to get all the clutter there in the first place. Okay maybe not as easy, but definitely easier than you’re probably imagining.
However, if you choose LoadUp’s professional, honest junk removal service with upfront pricing to speed up and streamline your garage decluttering project, you’ll experience the easiest garage cleanout ever.
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