We all have walked into a garage where it is almost impossible to walk without stepping on something. Some of us do it every day when we walk into our house. We swear we’re going to clean it out every weekend, but something always comes up. This post will give you three easy tips for cleaning out your garage from the experts in trash removal.
Make sure to allocate enough time to do this because a typical garage clean-out will be an all-day project.
#1 Remove it all
Start by taking everything out of the garage and place it in your driveway or any spacious area nearby. This allows you to see what you have to work with and sort through all the old tools, sports equipment, etc.
Once your garage is all cleared out, use this time to give it a deep clean. Sweep the floors and wipe any surface or shelving unit.
#2 Sort Through all of Your Items
Before you start putting everything back into the garage, decide you should keep or throw out. This will look different for everyone, but this process is key to success.
Questions to ask yourself while doing this is:
- Does this item work?
- Have I used this in the past year?
- Will I need this for work or any other projects?
Sell and Donate Used Items
There are many options for item removal. Some items may be sold or donated. There is a large market for secondhand tools because people purchase tools for specific jobs and may not want to pay full price. Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are popular local advertisement sites to sell tools and equipment that still have value.
Donating your items is another great way to give tools to those in need. This can be helpful for someone looking to start a new project or get into the construction trade. Donating used sports equipment is another great way to give back and help those who may not be able to afford gear on their own.
Your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Habitat for Humanity will most likely accept any items you are looking to give away. The Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia also accepts sports equipment donations for underprivileged youth.
#3 Organize Garage Before Putting Items Back
Now that you finally parted ways with your unused items, it is time to organize. With some planning, there can be a perfect spot to put every item. Start by outfitting your garage with suitable storage, and then give each item a specified place in the unit.
Best Ways to Organize Your Garage:
- Pegboard for hand tools
- Wall hooks for large tools (rakes, shovels, etc.)
- Cabinets and drawers for smaller items
- Organize by category or specific project (Car tools, gardening tools, plumbing tools, fishing equipment, etc.)
Tips for Cleaning Out Your Garage and Keeping it Clean
Now that your garage is cleaned out and reorganized, you will want to keep it that way. Now that you have a specific place for each item, it is essential to put the items back where they originally were to avoid another cluttered mess.
If possible, you may also want to keep the garage door closed and avoid excess dust or weather hazards.
Organizing a Garage as a Contractor
It’s hard to keep work and personal items organized in a garage as a contractor. Whether you are a carpenter, plumber, electrician, or any other contractor, you will have plenty of tools that you use regularly. If space allows, it is best to dedicate a section of your garage to only work tools and have the rest for personal and family items.
Purchasing a tool drawer will be a worthwhile investment to keep tools organized and easily accessible. Used tool drawers can often be found on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace because people are always retiring or moving and need to downsize.
Since contractors will need to access these tools every day, it is crucial to have them easy to reach. It is also just as important to put the tools back in their right spots after a long workday. It might be easy to pile up the tools and vow to move them later, but then you will be back to a cluttered garage in no time.
Garage cleanouts can be very daunting tasks for some, but it will be ultimately worthwhile when you can walk into your garage and know exactly where everything is without having to tear it apart. It is also gratifying knowing that there’s someone out there who is getting to use the items you discarded.
If you dedicate a day’s worth of your time to clean everything out of your garage and sort through it all, you will feel much better. You can get creative with organizing your garage by building pegboards or using old cabinets to collect and store your tools and equipment.
Garages can be more than a place to store an abundance of junk. Garages are homes to all of our items that ultimately build, fix, and create memories.
Contact Clover Demolition and Junk Removal if you have a large garage cleanout that needs assistance in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our team of professionals will quickly and efficiently haul out any garage junk, furniture, or appliances that have been taking up too much space.