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?
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?
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.
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]