Tips for Decluttering Your Garage

A very cluttered garage at a home in Perth

Decluttering your garage is an enormous task, to say the least. But sifting through those unneeded items and sending them to your street-side bin can be incredibly satisfying – even cathartic. To make the process simpler, check out our mini skip hire in Perth. We thought we’d offer a few tips for how to cut through the clutter in your garage:

  • Know your space. Before you get serious about decluttering your garage, it’s important that you have a clear vision of how you would like to use this space. Is it for storing vehicles or tools? Or perhaps you’re more interested in creating a workshop or an indoor/outdoor play area for the kids. Knowing your ultimate goals for the space will inform how you go about decluttering and organising it.
  • Start by sorting, then purge mercilessly.If you’re reading this post, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve got plenty of clutter to deal with. In that case, you’re going to need a plan of attack. In particular, you’ll need a set of criteria by which you can determine what’s worth keeping and what’s not. Ask yourself the following three questions for every item that you consider keeping: 
    • Is this something that I need?
    • If so, will I realistically have the space to store it?
    • If not, could the item be inexpensively replaced in the future?

These questions will help you make those hard decisions with items that have you on the fence. You may also want to consider running through a second sort-and-purge at this point.

  • Need more storage space? Look up! 
If you’re having trouble letting go of certain items (and you’ve all but ruled out another round of sorting and purging), don’t despair. Consider taking better advantage of the vertical space in your garage. Of all the rooms in the house, the garage is perhaps the best candidate for extreme vertical storage. 

There are several approaches you can take. Install higher shelves for rarely used items (such as Christmas decorations, camping gear, etc.). You can also hang bicycles form the ceiling or set up wall-mounted storage boards for tools. The sky (or in this case, the ceiling) is the limit! Consult this guide for further inspiration on vertical storage.
  • Once you’ve eliminated the clutter, get organised. 
If your goal is to get more out of your garage, then organisation is essential. Many of the items you store here are only going to be used on an occasional basis. That means that the items you store are easy to lose track of. 

Combat this by being proactive with labelling and organisation. You may consider setting aside ‘storage zones’ for certain types of items. For example, the kids’ toys and sport equipment may go in one corner, whilst sentimental items and memorabilia go in another. Likewise, you may also consider making use of colour-coded storage boxes, so that you can tell just by looking at a box what type of items you’ll find inside.

Getting rid of garage clutter isn’t as easy as simply hiring a skip and tossing the contents of your garage into it. But with a well-organised plan of attack, you’ll find yourself making better use of the space you’ve freed up than ever before.