WHAT IS BURIED IN YOUR GARAGE OR APARTMENT STORAGE LOCKER?

Bike in front of garage

If you who have a garage or carport on your property, are you guilty of not being able to park your car in there because it is crammed full of stuff? If you live in an apartment and have a basement storage locker, are you guilty of filling it to the brim and must take everything out each time you need to find something?

At the Unclutter Your Universe Home, we are lucky to have a double garage that is located under the living areas of our home. Just like many others, this space is often used as a dumping ground for things that someone in the house is not quite ready to part with yet. As much as I try to keep this in check. We only have room for one car and the Teen Techie’s 50cc scooter to park inside. Down one side we have three shelving units two filled with gardening and painting gear and the other with power and internet cables. There is also a rubbish bin, two large recycling bins, a garden cart and a smaller dining table that I’m holding onto in preparation for our move to an apartment next year. At the back of the garage we have a large work bench, with shelving above it that stores lots of my partners, fathers building tools that he has kept since his father passed away many years ago. There are also three bikes, that are hardly used and an oven that belongs to the landlord. There are also two levels of shelving on one side of the back wall that is full of camping gear and summertime outdoor furniture. Suspended from the roof, we have a large shelf that houses our luggage, summer fans, Christmas decorations and several plastic lidded storage boxes full of my university stuff and some of the Teen Techie’s baby things and toys that we want to keep.

With next years planned relocation into an inner city apartment, fast approaching, I know that there are lots of things that will need to find new homes. We can’t take all the stuff with us. So, there will need to be some very hard decisions made about some of these personal items. No doubt we will be reduced to one storage locker, which I’m sure will only have enough room to house our camping gear. The personal memento’s will need to be scaled back and find homes within the home. The gardening & home maintenance gear will no longer be required and can be moved on. What are you storing in your garage or storage locker, that you no longer need?

 

QUESTION TIME:

It’s time to cast a critical eye over your garage or storage locker and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is and not what you think it looks like. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions. Which, will hopefully give you a great starting point.

  • What do you need to store in this space?
  • If you have a garage, what else other than storage does it need to be used for?
  • Are you storing stuff for others, who could now store this stuff themselves?
  • Are you holding onto items that you don’t what to face making tough decisions about?
  • Does this space have adequate lighting?
  • Are you making the most of the storage space that you have, by installing the most suitable storage options?
  • If you have items packed away in sealed storage boxes, are they clearly labelled, so that you can tell at a glance what is stored in each one?

cluttered garage

TIME FOR ACTION:

  • Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give this space some tender loving care, turning them into well organised spaces that provide easy access to your possessions.
  • Empty everything out of these spaces and sort as you go into piles of things in the following categories: Rubbish, Things to donate, Items to sell, Items to return to others & items you need to keep.
  • Give this space a thorough clean.
  • Map out a plan of your garage or storage locker, deciding the best way to store the groups of items you have. Ensuring that there is easy access, to the items you use most often.
  • If you have a garage that you use for things other than storage, you will need to ensure that there is a space to do this.
  • If you are struggling to find storage solutions or layout ideas, spend some time looking through interiors magazines or browsing Pinterest, where I have pinned some great ideas for you to have a look at.
  • When you are happy with your layout of this space, it’s time to put back the things that you need to keep, in well organised storage.
  • Once you have done all that you can with what you already have, it’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
  • Take a photo of your well organised storage spaces and compare the before and after pics.
  • Celebrate your achievements.
  • Share the before and after photos on the Unclutter Your Universe Facebook and Instagram pages, and add your comments in the section below.

 

garage racking
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Next week it’s all about your outside spaces. If there is anything about these spaces or another unclutter question that you would like me to discuss. Drop me a line at [email protected]

Jenni XXX

  • Kerrie Wallace

    We move so much that we have regular clear outs … but I still need lots of space for our camping gear and bikes!!

    • I think the camping gear and bikes are all we will be keeping and taking with us when we move to an apartment.

  • Oh my goodness, you should have seen our garage before we decluttered before placing the house on the market. Just dire. Totally dire. In this house we have built in garage storage which we’ve organised using tubs. As a result for the first time ever we can get 2 cars into the garage. We have the beer & wine fridge in the corner, a hanging place for yoga mats, and that is pretty much it. It’s a modern miracle.

    • Jo, your well organised & uncluttered garage sounds like bliss. I’m so looking forward to when we move into an apartment & there will be no excuse for the partner to hoard so much stuff.

      • My hubby is hopeless. I managed to sneak lots of stuff out into the cleanup & he still hasn’t noticed it’s gone. I suspect that he never will.

  • sydneyshopgirl

    I don’t have a garage … yet.. in the new place but I’m working on it. What we do have is this leaky little shed that my intrepid cousin and I cleared out the other day… I can’t believe we sorted it into some resemblance of order.

    SSG xxx

  • This is another good reminder for us. When we moved into this rental 2 years ago we (ok, my husband) did not have as much ‘stuff’ in the garage as he has now because he has made some great furniture for us since we’ve been here but if the eventual move HAS to happen by the end of year then he will be culling and binning stuff for sure. We have a council clean up here where we can leave unwanted items on the kerb by arrangement and they are collected. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. On Mon 11 Sept #LifeThisWeek turns one and that is the prompt! Next week: First car/bike.

    • We have one of those inorganic collections to. They are brilliant for getting rid of piles of stuff all in one go. I need to check the date for our next one and book in so that the partner has heaps of time to sort through his mountains of stuff.

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    We luckily have a big shed with a loft. However the loft is full of things that could be uncluttered out! Have to make it a mission to get up there and get rid of some stuff! I know for starters there is a tent up there that has had it, and it should be chucked.

    • Alicia, sometimes having a big shed is more of a hindrance than a help. The more space we have often translates into the more stuff you collect. It’s time to spring clean your shed & clear out the loft.

  • LydiaCLee

    That looks very organised!

    • Lydia, yours could too with a bit of time & effort.

      • LydiaCLee

        We’d have to get one first! HA!

  • I probably should get rid of my twins’ convertable cots/beds frm the garage, afterall they are 17 now!!!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

  • I have a double garage at the moment and it’s actually pretty tidy. I had one when I lived in Brisbane as well and actually had lots of hooks and hangers and things so it wasn’t too bad. When I did the seachange thing I moved into an apartment with one carspace and a VERY small lockup space the width of my car – in front of the car so I could only keep a few things in there. It was good as it made me get rid of things I’d not used in a long time. #teamlovinlife

  • writeofthemiddle

    OMG you are so on point! My garage is TERRIBLE (though not as bad as the one in your picture lol). So much junk in there and yes it does make getting in and out of my car difficult. I have school uniforms in there in plastic bags. My youngest child finished school 5 years ago! It really needs sorting. Thanks for the tips to help! #TeamLovinLife

    • I can’t believe that you have kept those school uniforms for 5yrs. Its time to pass them on to someone who can use them. Book a weekend rally the troops and get stuck in.

  • KookyChic

    I have been known to drive my car into the garage the day we leave the house for good. It is bliss. Otherwise it’s always full of tools, tools and more fudging tools. How many tools can a man have?

    • It’s time to take back some space for your car. If you tell the male owner of the tools that you are going to organise the garage to make room for your car & he can either help or leave it up to you, I can assure you that he will help. Once everything is laid out, they eventually see that there are numerous double ups and stuff that is no longer needed and some organisation of the tools would be beneficial.

  • I’m trying to give away a piano (I want to upcycle it into a funky bar but I don’t have the space to put it anywhere) and it is really hard to get someone to actually collect it! Everyone is interested and no one wants to put in the effort to come and get it. And it’s free. It’s really frustrating me at the moment!

    • In NZ we have a website called free stuff, where people can list items they are giving away free. Do you have something like that in OZ? Donating to a school or community centre could also be another option.

  • As my husband and I both run online stores, half of our garage is filled with merchandise. There is no way we’ll ever be able to have a clean and clear garage whilever we have our online businesses. Sigh,
    #teamlovinlife