Take a look in most people’s garages and you’ll quickly understand why minimalist author and speaker Joshua Becker’s journey toward minimalism began in his garage.
As he tells the story, he and his young son were cleaning out the garage on a beautiful spring day. As they unearthed toys from the rubble, the boy didn’t understand why dad wouldn’t leave the messy garage to play with him. That’s when Becker realized that the excess stuff he owned was making it hard for him to do what was important to him—spend quality time with his family.
It’s easy to ignore the stuff piling up in the garage because we’re not walking around it on a day-to-day basis. Even if we do park our car in the garage—and many of us don’t!—we can shut the door on the piles as we walk into the house.
According to an Impulse Research survey, 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open.
When you’re ready to stop closing the garage door on your stuff, use my CALM organizing method (Clear, Assess, Locate, Modify) to sort through your things. Then apply these garage-specific Do’s and Don’ts.
With all the time you’re spending in your home these days, you’ve likely noticed that there’s plenty of items lying around that you hardly use, or food that’s gone bad but is still sitting in the back of your fridge. However, with this extra downtime and lack of visitors, now is the perfect opportunity to finally get your house in order. So, it’s time to toss out any junk that’s managed to sit on your nightstand for far too long, and throw out those old, expired salad dressings to go, along with the broken can opener that still hasn’t made its way to the garbage.
While the thought of decluttering and reorganizing your home can be overwhelming, it’s much more doable than you think. Better yet, it can all be done without needing to purchase anything new. To help you get started, we pulled together tips from decluttering and organizing experts living in Nashville all the way to professionals living in Vancouver, BC (and many more in between). Here’s how to get your house in order without buying anything new.
When the weather gets warmer, it's time to head to the garage and get it cleaned out for the season!
Of course, you might want to park your car in the garage, but aside from that the garage is a convenient place to store outdoor gear. That means making space for both lawn and garden tools and sports gear.
The first thing to do is actually clean the garage. It doesn't need to be pristine like the interior of your house, but it's a good idea to work from top to bottom (ceiling to floor) and banish the cobwebs, dust, leaves, and other debris that accumulates. A good wool duster works well and an extendable one will help you reach to the top of the ceiling.