You can free your garage of junk and win the clutter battle. Let’s take a look at how you can clean up your garage and get rid of the junk.
Pick and Choose
Start going through everything that is in your garage, putting everything into one of three categories: stuff you must keep, things you can throw out and items you can sell. Begin to consider where you’ll store the things you want — plan on disposing of everything else.
Everything that you plan to sell should be reserved for a yard sale. Yes, you could hold that sale in the garage, but remember your garage is full. Besides, getting it out of the garage means it won’t ever return…right?!
After the sale, avoid putting anything back in the garage that remained unsold. Contact charities that would be willing to take your stuff and either drop everything off or schedule a pickup. Get a receipt for your donation and put in your file for your this year’s tax return that you’ll be filing next year.
Not everything in your garage can be sold or donated. A broken item should be trashed, but if that item is particularly large or odd-sized, then your regular trash pickup may not take it. If your town does not have a free bulk trash pick-up, or it is inconvenient, hire a junk removal company to toss your items responsibly.
Some communities will pick up your outsized trash and dispose it for a fee. Contact your town’s Department of Public Works and learn how your item(s) can be removed. You may need to put it at the curb the day before its scheduled pickup.
Clean and Organize
With your garage now free of clutter, you’ll need to put everything else in its place. Garage organizers such as shelves are a good start. If you are storing bicycles, consider a lift hoist to move your bikes up and out of the way. Peg boards, tool towers and storage bins can help free up space too.
Sweep or blow out the garage, removing all debris. If you have a concrete floor, consider renting a wheel-mounted concrete cleaning machine to bring your garage’s floor back to a presentable state. Look for signs of rodent activity too — lay down traps to get ride of the little critters.
With enough room in your garage, your car(s) should fit inside. If you’re still finding that you have too much junk left, then revisit your first step and either sell, donate or find a new home for stuff that clearly doesn’t belong in your garage.
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