Garage decluttering. Two words which can easily strike fear into a grown adult. It’s the dread of having to undo all the careless behavior over several years. The garage becomes a catch-all place. It’s the one space that homeowners actually surrender functionality. Think about how much space is unnecessarily wasted. Of course, you already know this but just don’t want the inconvenience of having to clean it up. That’s okay, with just a little planning and some helping hands, garage decluttering is a cinch to pull off.
Top Reason Why Garage Decluttering is So Important
Okay, so what’s your motivation for decluttering the garage in the first place? Well, if you’re planning on selling your home, this is a must. There’s simply no way around it. When selling a house, it’s got to look its best. And, part of that process is home staging (which, yes, does extend to the garage). But why? It’s simple. Any buyer who tours the home will notice the cluttered mess. They’ll wonder three things. First, they’ll wonder why it’s so unkempt.
“Did you know that 57% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them — or have room for only one vehicle? I think you know why. Because instead of getting rid of stuff, we throw it out in the garage! If you’re ready to take on the challenge of cleaning your garage, spring is a good time to do it, before it gets too hot to even think about it.” —Unclutter.com
Second, they’ll definitely wonder why you’ve not at least attempted organized it. And third, they’ll think if you don’t care about this space, you probably don’t care much about other things. In other words, it’s perception. Even if you’re not selling your home, you’re probably tired of not being able to use the garage for its intended purpose.
Helpful Garage Decluttering Tips You can Use
Garage decluttering ranks at the top of things homeowners avoid. Let’s face it, the garage is basically a place where you casually throw everything you don’t want in the rest of the house. And, since it’s so easy to just forget, the mess piles up fast. Before you know it, there’s clutter everywhere. So, here are some helpful garage decluttering tips you can try out:
- Check the weather forecast. Although it’s sunny here in Orlando most of the time, that’s not always the case. So, do yourself a favor and watch the weekend weather forecast. If it’s clear skies, then it’s a go. But, if there’s a chance of rain for the weekend, you should wait.
- Empty the entire space. When you’re ready to get down to it, then you’ll need to declutter it right by removing everything from the garage. Doing this will give you big time motivation for not just putting everything back.
- Identify what’s important. Next, once the garage is empty, you can more easily identify what is and what isn’t important. You’ll have a great opportunity to gauge what stays and what goes. What’s more, you’ll be far more inclined to purge as much as possible to have less stuff to move back in and organize.
- Create organized sections. Now that you know what will stay put and what’s expendable, you can create organized sections. Group like things together and put the stuff you retrieve most in easily accessible locations.
- Offload the rest. When you’re done, you can then host a garage sale or block sale. You can even give stuff away. (By the way, this is an excellent opportunity to get rid of old furniture and anything else you no longer need.)
If you’re going to sell your home in the near future and buy a new house, please don’t hesitate to phone me at 407-616-7286, I’ll be happy to speak with you.