Easily enough (and usually without noticing), the garage can become a place brimming with junk, boxes of stuff, and unused items. It can quickly become the go-to place for storing things that you aren’t sure where to put for the time being. You may have the best of intentions to one day go in there and start putting things in their rightful place (or discarding them); however, life often gets in the way of these plans.
With summertime approaching us, it’s a great time to rethink your storage solutions and start clearing your garage of junk and unnecessary clutter that has accumulated over the winter months. This includes anything from seasonal décor to party supplies and even things that might have been lying around there for months (or years!).
Before you start to declutter, though, put a plan in place to do so in an organized and efficient manner. Read our tips below to help you make the most of decluttering season and keep a clutter-free garage just in time for the warmer weather.
Have a Plan
When deciding to take on a project like decluttering and organizing your garage, you want to have a plan before you start. Have an idea of how you want your garage to look and how you want to organize so that you can aim towards that throughout the process. Choose a weekend to start or a day where you won’t easily be interrupted, busy, or distracted. Make sure to check the weather beforehand as well, since you most likely won’t want to be outside cleaning and organizing in the rain. Even if you can’t get it done all in one day or weekend, do what you can and take your time to ensure everything is getting done properly.
Reach Out to Friends and Family
This is where your friends, family, and past favours can really come in handy. Since clearing out and organizing your garage can require some heavy lifting, you may want to get a group of people together so that you have some help when needed. Having a group of people will also get the job done much faster. It’ll also be more fun this way, and you can order pizza and drinks to keep your helpers happy and fed throughout the day.
Divide and Conquer
It’s easy to just pile everything into your garage without giving much thought as to what goes where. However, this can make certain items hard to find and makes decluttering a longer process. Remember to create zones for your items. Examples are gardening supplies, tools, and sporting/exercise equipment. Having designated areas for items simplifies the cleaning/decluttering process and makes it easier for you to find what you need in the future.
Consider a Garage Sale
While cleaning out your garage, you are bound to find items you no longer want or need, and things that you should’ve gotten rid of long ago. Now is the perfect time to finally host a garage sale to sell or get rid of all these items you’ve accumulated. Not only will you be able to make some extra cash, but you’ll also have a much easier time organizing when there aren’t so many unnecessary items lying around.
When it comes to organizing, make sure to utilize your space wisely. This can mean putting up vertical shelves and creatively thinking about space. Don’t just store items and bins on the ground, use overhead space and put in some shelving units or cabinets to give your garage a cleaner look.
Of course, once you’ve spent the time to clean and organize your entire garage, it can only stay this way with regular upkeep and maintenance. Be sure to have a yearly (or seasonal) cleanout, and regularly discard and throw away items you don’t want or need (instead of keeping them just because you can). Don’t let your garage get overfilled with junk again, or else you will be overwhelmed every time you have to clean, organize, or even look at it.
Keep Inventory of Items
If you have a lot of items in your garage and you want to make searching for things easier, create a spreadsheet or a simple chart so you can quickly identify which items are where. Keeping inventory of your items like this may seem like overkill, but it will definitely come in handy and save you time when you are looking for something in particular.
Sometimes, even when organizing to the best of your abilities, you may find that your garage simply does not have enough space for all your stored items. This can make it seem like your garage is always messy or too full with things. Perhaps you can barely even find room to park your car in there! If this is the case, you should consider renting a self-storage unit to keep excess items that you don’t want to get rid of just yet. This way, you can keep your items without having to compromise on space in your garage.
If all else fails, rest assured that there are great, cheap self-storage options in Toronto to keep your belongings safe and your home clutter-free. Not everyone has the space or luxury to keep all their belongings neatly at home, and this is where offsite self-storage can help. For more information on decluttering and economical self-storage, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. Our representatives are ready and available to help you make your storage and organization dreams a reality. Contact us today for more information on our high-quality storage units in a range of sizes for your convenience.