With the cold weather finally giving way to the warmth of spring, it’s the perfect time to look forward to summer. Summer is generally a season spent outdoors and this includes being in your garage. But what if your garage is cluttered with items after a long winter? Spring is the perfect time to declutter and clean out your garage. Depending on how much is there, you may consider renting a dumpster from ABH Services Inc. to tackle the project more efficiently. If you’d prefer to hire professionals to handle the clearing out process, our Junk Removal team can assist you in clearing out your garage so you don’t have to worry about it. It’s best to schedule your garage cleanout for a long weekend or other block of time that you can get the job done in a short period of time.
If you’re comfortable with handling the project yourself, read on for helpful tips on how to get your garage ready for the warm summer months.
Step 1: Remove Obvious Trash
The first step to clearing out your garage is to remove any trash and broken or damaged items that are within easy access. With your car out of the garage, go around the perimeter of the garage and quickly pull anything that is obviously going to go in the garbage. Take out any lawn debris, like leaves and sticks, which may have found its way inside. Sweep the floor off well to give you a clean surface to work with.
Step 2: Get Rid of Clutter
This step requires a few materials: a roll of garbage bags, a cardboard or plastic box for items to go inside the house, one for items for donation or recycling if you plan on that being applicable, and a few other empty cardboard boxes to use for sorting categories of items. Alternately, you can lay down garbage bags or tarps on the ground to help you with sorting. Now go through each section of your garage, from one side to the other, and clear out anything that you no longer want to keep. Place the item in the appropriate container depending on what you want to do with it. Do this until you’ve gone through the entire garage. Don’t spend too long debating on any one item—if you haven’t used it in 6 months (a year for out-of-season items), you don’t need it.
Step 3: Put Like Items Together
Once you’ve cleared out all of the items you no longer want or need to keep, now it’s time to gather the items you are keeping into groups to determine what you have and then how to store them. Sort each category one at a time, either into boxes or piles. You can continue decluttering if you find anything that you don’t need.
Step 4: Figure Out Storage
Replace moisture-retaining cardboard with weather-resistant plastic containers with lids that seal well. Store bikes, recreational equipment, warm-weather toys, and other items you will want easy access to throughout the summer lower to the ground and closer to the front of the garage. Utility shelving or cabinets can take advantage of vertical space, helpful especially if your garage is small, as well as keeping moisture and dirt off of items by raising them off the ground. Bikes, tools, and gardening equipment can be hung on inexpensive hooks that are easy to install.
What Not to Store in Your Garage
This guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning what you shouldn’t store in your garage. We wouldn’t recommend storing pet food or dry goods in your garage unless they are in food-grade, tightly sealed containers, as these are a magnet for insects and animals. Paper goods should also not be stored in the garage—while it may be tempting to use the space for your extra party supplies and old books, these attract bugs, moisture, and mildew. Be careful what chemicals you store in your garage—if there’s anything that is hazardous if it gets too hot, make sure that it’s stored in a cool, dry place.
By clearing out your garage before summer begins, you’ll have a head start on making summer more relaxing and successful. If you determine that you need a dumpster or want to hire an affordable Junk Removal service in the North Shore and Greater Boston Area, contact ABH Services Inc. at 781-941-2422.