For the next two days, we are organizing garages. As with organizing paperwork, which we did on Days 19 and 20, this is another task that often takes more than one afternoon to complete.
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Every day’s mission has four parts to it:
Organize What’s Left
Clean the Space
Keep on Track
So, today we’re going to ROCK your garage. Ready?
Removing clutter is usually about focusing on the function of a space or room and subtracting everything that doesn’t serve that function. Garages tend to have multiple purposes, though, so the first step is to think about how you really use yours.
Start by tossing trash:
- Bag up all garbage
- Put recycling into the proper bins
- Anything that’s broken beyond repair
- Things you simply no longer want
- Spare parts for things you don’t even recognize
Get Rid of “Someday Stuff”
We’ve discussed “someday stuff” throughout this series — they’re the things we hold onto in the belief that someday we’ll need them. But the more “someday stuff” you hold onto, the more clutter you’re surrounding yourself with, and the less confidence you’ll have in your ability to get and keep an organized, clean home.
Removing clutter requires acknowledging that such things don’t serve our lives at this point, and we’re burdening ourselves with the obligation of making room for useless stuff.
Let it go.
Some examples of “Someday Stuff” include:
- Equipment for sports we no longer play
- Things we intended to paint or repair but have never found time to do
- Bits and pieces of things we think we’ll make something out of but have never used
- Exercise equipment that’s been gathering dust for months
- Boxes of clothes that haven’t fit in over a year
- Old record albums or cassette tapes (or 8-tracks!) when you don’t own a turntable or tape player
- Gardening equipment when you can’t keep a houseplant alive (or no longer even have a garden)
- Grills and BBQ equipment you’ve never used
- Old computer parts. (You will never need an 8086 motherboard or a 3.5″ floppy drive.)
Organizing the garage works best when you keep the various ways you use it in mind and create zones for each. If it’s the place where you or your spouse tinker on or repair things, for example, you’ll want to keep all of your tools together in one spot.
Sports equipment would go in another area. Hang bikes from wall mounts to keep them from taking up floor space or tipping over onto your car. A heavy duty laundry sorter is a great way to store balls, bats, and other equipment.
Boxes of old clothes, books, or other keepsakes should be clearly labeled. Clear storage boxes with lids work very well, too. Keep them off of the floor if possible, even if that means laying a piece of plywood over some parallel 2×4″ boards. You’ll be able to clean your garage easier, and your belongings will be protected from flooding.
Use vertical space as much as possible. Install shelving, hang gear from the ceiling, mount tool holder racks for yard equipment. Raised storage is particularly crucial with pest control, lawn care, and other household chemicals which should all be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Cleaning the garage is never any fun, but it’s much easier once you’ve removed clutter and organized the rest. If it’s been a while since you performed a garage deep-cleaning, grab a copy of this Garage Spring Cleaning Checklist and roll up your sleeves. Otherwise, give it a basic cleaning today.
- Sweep the ceiling, walls, and corners
- Sweep inside the garage door as well as the door to the house
- Use a damp cloth to wipe light bulbs and fixtures (let them cool first)
- Wipe doorknobs and light switches
- Sweep the floor
- Empty the trash can
Keep it Clean
Keeping things clean that we’ve already rocked is an important part of this 30-day series. By buzzing through our entire home, picking up trash and grabbing things left out of place, we’re breaking the clean/clutter cycle.
So, even though organizing garages and cleaning them is a lot of hard, dirty work, be sure you complete the daily cleaning routine. It’ll only take 15-20 minutes if you’ve been following the previous missions, but your home will look freshly cleaned and decluttered once you’re done.
See You in TWO Days
Since this is a 2-day task, plan to spend both days working on it. If you finish early, catch up on laundry or take a nice nap. Don’t forget to join our Do Home Better Group on Facebook and show off your progress.
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