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June 9, 2019

Cleaning Out Your Garage

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Imagine pulling up to your home with a car full of groceries in the rain. It would be great if you could pull into your garage and unload the groceries. Unfortunately, garages often become a space to store everything that doesn’t have a place in your home. From old toys for the kids to old furniture, this space often gets filled with items that have no place in the garage or even home.

Fortunately, the process of cleaning out your garage can be broken down into a few simple steps. From our experience the following three steps will result in a smoother garage clean out:

1. Keep, Donate, or Trash.

The biggest impact you will see in the whole process is to throw out the obvious items, like trash, broken tools, and more. Renting a dumpster will help expedite this process, and keep you on track. They can usually be placed on the driveway, so it doesn’t upset your neighbors or violate any HOA rules.

Once all of those items are out of the way, you can focus on the items that you want to keep or donate. Toys that your children have outgrown are an easy choice to donate.

2. Set up “zones.”

To make it easier to find the items you need, create special zones for the biggest categories. Examples of these groupings include:

  • Tools
  • Sporting equipment
  • Gardening supplies
  • Car maintenance supplies
  • Home projects items
  • Holiday decor storage

Utilize the walls to get items off the ground. Floating shelves, hooks, and cabinets are great ways to store your items in an organized fashion. This will create room for your car to be pulled in.  

Make sure that you don’t purchase too many storage units, as this will defeat the original goal of cleaning out the garage.

3. Schedule a day to re-evaluate.

Once everything is in place, take a break and revisit it the next day. You might find that there are more things that you can either throw into the dumpster or donate.

It is also useful to have a friend or family member go through your new layout to question if you really need the items that you have decided to keep. You might find that you still have a good amount of items that you will not use, and will just take up more space.

This is also a great time to sweep or blow out your garage. This will help you maintain a clean and decluttered garage in the future.

When you declutter your space, you declutter your mind. Waste Removal USA is here to make the process of throwing out unwanted items as easy as possible for you. Our team of waste removal experts can advise you on how to get rid of dangerous chemicals, oversized furniture, and other tricky items. We’ll then guide you in selecting the right size roll-off dumpster for your non-hazardous items.