Are you tired of parking in the driveway because your garage is jam-packed with junk? Maybe you’re in need of more space for a workshop or home office? Whatever the reason, cleaning out your garage can be a difficult task – especially if things have been piling up in there for years. As overwhelmed as you may feel every time you take a peek in there, it’s not an impossible task to conquer. All it takes is a plan and efficient execution.
Clear a Space Near the Garage
Before you begin hauling things out of the garage it’s a good idea to clear out some space around it. You can put a few blankets down on your front lawn or move your cars to the edge of the driveway so you can use the space in front. This makes it easier to pull things out and sort them.
Rent a Dumpster
If you have a ton of things in your garage that you really have no use for, you’ll want to have a way to discard of them immediately. If not, you’ll end up putting those things right back in the house to take up space. Renting a dumpster allows you to throw away everything from old tools and wood to televisions and children’s toys. Anything you don’t want to keep (or sell at a yard sale) should be thrown away. As dumpsters can cost a few bucks, you may want to look into unsecured personal loans online to see which you qualify for to cover the costs.
Pull and Sort
You have a clear path to pull things out of the garage and a dumpster to discard of anything you don’t want. Now it’s time to start pulling and sorting. Get the family to pitch in with this as you can knock it out a lot faster. Perhaps start an assembly line placing one person in front of the dumpster and another in front of the keep or sell pile. Hand things out of the garage accordingly communicating where you’d like each item to go until you’ve removed everything.
Once your garage is empty it’s time to clean the space up a bit. You’ll need some cleaning supplies like sponges, mops, buckets, and cleaning solutions. Start by sweeping and dusting the entire garage to get rid of the accumulated dust and dirt. Then, wash down the walls, shelves, and any other surfaces in the garage. Lastly, mop the floors and let the garage air dry.
Now that you have a clean and empty garage, you can organize it in a manner that’s best suited for you. You can add shelves and hooks to store your household tools and equipment or begin your renovations to turn it into a home office or workshop.
Staring at your garage when it’s flooded with items you’ve accumulated over the years is overwhelming. You feel like it’s an impossible task to complete. However, it’s quite the opposite. To tackle a job such as this it simply takes some planning, teamwork, and proper execution. Hopefully, the above tips will help you to get your garage in order.