Feeling overwhelmed by all the clutter in your garage? You’re not alone. Here’s how to unclutter your garage.
If you’re like so many other people with a garage you can’t park your cars 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 declutter your garage. Spring is a great time to clean out a garage full of junk since it’s warm outside but not yet too hot.
You can do this! With a little planning and organization, and maybe a bit of muscle, your dream of a clutter-free, organized garage can become a reality.
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How to Clean out a Garage Full of Junk
Instead of taking the time and energy to get rid of stuff, it usually ends up in the garage. We tell ourselves that we’re going to use that stuff one day or that we’ll take it to Goodwill this weekend. Unfortunately, that day never seems to come and the garage slowly fills up with more and more junk.
This is a story that’s common for many Americans. In fact, it’s an experience that my own parents have gone through with their garage, at least a couple of times. It’s just so easy for us to transfer the things we don’t want or need anymore into the garage.
If you need help getting motivated to clean your garage, just keep imagining what it’s going to look like once you’ve finished. It’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be the garage of your dreams.
I know you feel like it’s going to be an enormous undertaking because you have so much clutter in your garage. And taking on a full garage cleanout is certainly a home challenge with a high difficulty rating. Chances are, you probably don’t need a guide on how to clean out a hoarder’s garage though. So don’t sweat it.
Get ready to have a clutter-free garage.
Think of this post as your personal garage cleanout handbook. I’m going to share plenty of garage cleaning tips for the overwhelmed. This will make getting rid of all the clutter in your garage as easy as it was when getting the clutter in there in the first place. Okay maybe not as easy, but definitely easier than you’re probably imagining.
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 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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How to Organize a Messy Garage
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 all, 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:
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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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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What to Do With the Junk in Your Garage
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 all of the legwork and heavy lifting for you.
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.
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