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  • Writer's pictureHelen Avaient

Prepare to Travel - A month to declutter - Day Twenty five - Garage Tools

Welcome to day 25 of decluttering to free your home and your mind.

Where to begin in the garage? It can be the perfectly set up workspace, or a jumble of things to use later.

I have a 3 car garage, where 2 of the bays are dedicated to my crafts and storage. I leadlight (stained glass) and do some woodwork framing, so this takes up a bit of space. It did get very disorganised at one stage. The garage tended to be a dumping ground, where things were stored just in case they became useful one day. Instead of a large overwhelming job, I decided to break it down into 15 minute cleans each day. I would set the alarm on my phone, clean and tidy the garage for the 15 minutes. Even though I did not accomplish the whole job in those 15 minutes in one day, at the end of a week, I had spent an hour and a half cleaning, and it was then more obvious to see results.

Another method is to take everything out of the garage and then assess what goes back, and where it should go.

I also had a friend who sat in the garage and was harsh in their judgement, which was what I needed. They would ask questions such as: Do you really use it? When was the last time you used it? When are you going to use it?

When assessing your items:

  1. Keep those items that you know you will use. If you haven't used it in the last twelve months you probably are not going to use it in the next twelve. Get rid of it.

  2. Store them in a way that you can easily access. I have pegboards on the wall for my tools to hang on. This makes it so easy to see, and everything has a home to belong. I also have hooks around the walls to hang long handled tools like shovels and rakes. Ceiling hooks are great to hang bikes etc from.

  3. Are they in good condition? Does the axe need sharpening? Does a tool need repairing?

  4. Do you have duplicates of items that you only need one of? Dispose of the spare

  5. Store like items together. Plastic bins are great for this. All my Christmas decorations go together in bins, labeled and stacked neatly. Easier to find, and tidier. Have smaller bins or boxes for screws etc.

  6. If it doesn't serve its purpose any longer, get rid of it.

After this cleanse, you will love to spend time in your organised garage. Enjoy your new space.

Please feel free to comment about your garage cleanse , and enjoy the rest of the decluttering series.

Happy Travels!

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