The Perfect Fall Project: 5 Steps to a Better Garage

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Published September 20, 2021

Last edited September 30, 2021

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Fall is a time for getting those last few outdoor projects done before the onslaught of winter. Cleaning and organizing the garage can most definitely be on this list. It is a task that can seem so overwhelming so we have compiled some tips to help get you going.

After living in a home for a number of years, chances are your garage has accumulated some clutter. A home’s garage can be a key selling feature, it is important to keep it functional, organized and appealing. This is particularly important in our climate, at this time of year. You want to be sure you can fit a car or two in there.

Follow these five steps to a clutter-free garage:

1. Enlist Help

Set aside a time to tackle the job and be sure to enlist some help. Many hands make light work, as the saying goes. Designate a specific date and time to get everyone started.

2. Sort

Create space on the driveway or within the garage itself for four categories: Items you will donate; those you will sell; treasures to keep; and, items you will toss.

3. Keep, Donate, Toss

Methodically decide what to keep. Consider when you last used the item and the likelihood that you will need it later. For any broken things, ask what the chances are of getting around to fixing it. If you haven’t used something in the last 4 seasons, it’s time for it go. 

4. Dispose of Unwanted Items

Dispose of items and hazardous materials correctly. Check with your municipality for solid-and hazardous-waste disposal programs. Check out this link for help with this: https://ottawa.ca/en/garbage-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-and-special-items

5. Make Room for New Plans

If you have exciting new plans for your garage space, you may need to create temporary storage for those items you choose to keep. Consider moving items into the space usually occupied by the car, or perhaps some items can be temporarily moved indoors. Renting a driveway storage container is another option and may buy you the time you need to create your dream garage.

Do you have any tips for fall de-cluttering? Let us know by commenting below!

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