It’s getting consistently warmer outside, which means now is the perfect time to tackle specific tasks around the home that you couldn’t in the bitter cold — and one of those is probably cleaning out your garage. Here are a few tips to ensure you get it done right and in a timely manner.
Make a Plan
Developing a plan to clean your garage from top to bottom will make it go much easier. The plan does not have to be that detailed, but a general strategy helps keep you focused and organized. Your plan should include:
- The process for sorting through stuff
- A strategy to throw unused stuff out (that starts with getting a dumpster)
- Detailed instructions on how you want to organize garage materials,
- A map of where you want larger items to be stored.
If you stick to those basics, you will ensure that you can remain engaged throughout the entire project.
The Importance of a Process
Part of your plan is the process of sorting. How you set up that process will determine the length, depth, and details of how you get your garage cleaned out.
For example, you may want to remove everything first and start to fill up your garage from scratch. Another approach is to decide on a section of the garage to clear out and work on straightening up section by section.
There is no right or wrong way, but it is vital to have a defined process. This is because going about it haphazardly will end up taking longer and possibly having all your garage out on your driveway when darkness falls.
Determine What You Wish to Keep — and What to Let Go of
One of the most challenging things to do when cleaning out something is deciding what to let go of. There are many rules of thumb, like if you have not used the item in a year, get rid of it. If you have a difficult time parting with items, let someone who does not map out your criteria (you can always dial it back if needed.)
Finally, when all that is done, pick a date, alert your family, and set up your dumpster so that you have all you need for garage cleaning day.