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.
Divide your garage into zones.
Aim for a perfect garage.
Your garage is a space to store stuff for active living: gardening tools, sports equipment, beach gear, and more. Now that you’ve minimized the piles and organized your garage, you can reclaim your active life!
As Joshua Becker says, "It feels better to do stuff than to have stuff.”