Getting ready for the weekend… Cleaning out the Garage!!

Getting ready for the weekend… Cleaning out the Garage!!

Cleaning out the Garage….

Is a great weekend activity and way to start moving forward, clear mental clutter by creating your new space and the perfect activity for a sense of accomplishment.

Here’s how to do it , in a few simple steps:

1. Set aside a full weekend for this project. Get the family involved too, unless you think they will prevent you being thorough, and assign tasks to everyone. Suggest a garage sale and the possible cash flow arising from that in return for their assistance!
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2. If you don’t have shelving in your garage already, consider purchasing a strong shelving unit for your garage walls. All warehouse hardware stores sell various types. Storing stuff on the floor is the no-no of organization.
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3. Buy a number of plastic containers with lids that will fit into your shelving unit. Measure the height of your shelves, and make sure the bins are not too tall for your shelving. These are available at Target, Wal-Mart, or other such stores.
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4. You will need three (3) areas or containers for the following:

  1. Trash
  2. Donation/Sell, and
  3. Action Items. Action items include items that you have borrowed and need to return, things that need to be taken for repair, and items that belong somewhere else in your home. If you can, use a large trash bin for the trash, and boxes or large trash bags for the charity stuff and the items you want to repair or return to others.
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5.Throw away any obvious junk that is lying around that you never use. It doesn’t matter if its “good stuff.” If you are not using it, it doesn’t matter what it’s worth. Exceptions, of course, include photographs and other keepsakes. Adopt the rule that it if hasn’t been used for 12 months, it is probably not needed (except for very expensive equipment, or if you have been too ill or

work-swamped to get to a hobby).

      1.Remove big items, such as work tables, totes, vacuums, etc. for more cleaning space.
      2. Pick up small things, such as tools and decorations and separate.
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6. As you go through all of your stuff, you will want to organize it into major categories; for example, tools, Christmas ornaments, collectibles, pet supplies, etc. Be methodical, as the more things that you can place together in related groups, the easier it will be to see what you want to keep, what you have in duplicate, and what you no longer want or need. You will likely find something that you have been looking for!
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7. Consider using eBay, Etsy or other online sales sites to sell anything that has commercial value. It is easy enough to post items, and you may have something in your garage that is worth more than you might think. Look up a similar item first to see what the potential value might be.

8. Start collecting these groups of things in the separate containers you purchased.

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9. When a container is filled, label it clearly, put it on a shelf, and start filling the next one. The goal is to have everything you want to keep in a container on your shelves clearly labeled so that you can see where things are from a distance.
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10. Review the items that need repairs. Is it going to be worth the trouble and the expense? If not, put them into your Trash bin. If you decide it is worth the trouble, then put that item into your car to take to the repair shop tomorrow.
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11. Take the donation stuff to donate to charity immediately. Don’t let anything just sit around. The objective of this project is to create space and organization, so things you don’t want or need shouldn’t be in your garage anymore, or anywhere else around your house for that matter.
Tips:
  • Throw anything away that you don’t need anymore.
  • Keep only the necessary objects and get rid of all the rest.
  • Take short breaks but don’t sit down and watch your favorite TV show, otherwise you never get done with the job.
  • Put the stuff you want to keep in a safe place where it won’t get damaged.
Happy Organizing!!!
Aundie
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Aundie Donohue
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Aundie comes to IMO from a career grounded by fashion and design. "My enthusiasm for this work started when I studied fashion in the Lone Star State and later in Paris— the City of Lights". Aundie is a wardrobe stylist, clothing designer, eBay entrepreneur and project manager with Mary Kay, JC Penny, Neiman Marcus, Elle Magazine , Blue October to name a few.

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5 Comments

  1. Jen
    May 04, 16:33 Reply
    Ebay is where it's at! Seriously...what an awesome way to make a bit of extra cash on the stuff that's been sitting around forever. Good tips in here, thanks! :)
  2. victormiz
    May 07, 21:32 Reply
    I would either use Ebay or Craigslist. You can use Craigslist to advertise a garage sale that you are having to sell your items!

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