How To Declutter Your Garage
While garages are predominantly used to keep cars secure and to store tools and other valuable items, often they can become the room in the house where we go to dump all manner of miscellaneous objects.
From old toys from our childhood to patio furniture that rarely gets used thanks to the UK’s inconsistent climate, it’s understandable that over time our garages can become somewhat cluttered.
In this article, we’ll provide you with some handy tips on how to keep your garage uncluttered and free from mess, helping you to maximise space and make your garage a true asset to your home.
Throw Out Your Junk!
First things first, you need to sort through your clutter and decide what has value and what you’re happy to part with. If you’re a bit of a hoarder and find it difficult to toss things out, it may be worthwhile to recruit some family or friends to help.
Take the time to go through the items one by one and sort them into piles of things to get rid of and ones to keep. With the pile you’re throwing out, you can then decide whether the stuff can be sold, donated or thrown in the bin.
Before starting, be sure to set aside plenty of time to carry out the task. Depending on how much stuff you have to go through, this could be anything from an hour to an entire weekend.
Focus On What You Need to Access
While most garages are fairly spacious, they’re not without their limits, which is why it can be increasingly frustrating when they become cluttered and you’re unable to access areas you need to.
Before you start putting back the items you’re keeping, prioritise the parts of the garage you need access to. For example, if you know that you’ll be regularly bringing a vehicle in and out of the garage, be sure to leave plenty of room in front and behind it so it can move seamlessly back and forth without disrupting your other items and storage.
If you’re finding that you need even more room despite the decluttering, then a change in garage door may be the way to go. Unlike up and over doors, roller garage doors are designed to maximise space and are opened and closed into a compact box on the ceiling. This means that you have room for more items and storage space in your garage.
Buy Storage Shelves and Units
Once the decluttering has been completed, the next step is to ensure it doesn’t get in the same condition again in the future. A great way to prevent this from happening is to install additional storage space such as shelves and units.
Having these in place means that you’ll have a specific place to store certain items such as paint, tools and bicycles, keeping them off the floor and allowing you to access more garage space.
However, while storage shelves and units are a great start, they won’t stop your garage from getting cluttered again if you don’t stay on top of things. Try to set aside some time on a regular basis to go through your garage, clearing out anything you do not need.
Decluttering your garage is not the only way to maximise your space. Having a roller garage door installed can help give you more room, as the doors retract directly upwards into a box rather than into the garage itself. For more information on our range of products, contact the team today.
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