Shop RTO is on a cleaning rampage with a series of spring cleaning articles. Phase one was about purging unwanted items to donate to charity. Phase two was about deep cleaning of your rooms and kitchen. This one is about your garage and/or storage shed.
The first and one of the hardest thing you have to do is remove everything and put them outside. That serves two purposes. Forces you to consider the need of the items thus whether to throw them away and allows you to clean the floor.
Clean the floor and begin to organize and purge.
When it comes to organization think shelves and hooks. The ability to store and hang items is an incredible and efficient way to use space. So if you don’t have adequate shelving then get some. Make sure they’re sturdy and durable.
The metal ones that allow you to stack as many as need can be the most efficient. They allow you to customize the shelving according to your space. When stacking just make sure you put the lightest and least used items at top and go down from there on the heaviest and most used.
When installing hooks on the ceiling to hang bicycles, yard equipment, seasonal items make sure you screw them into the beams to secure them properly and safely. You may want to have a professional do so if you go with the hooks.
The garage and storage sheds tend to be for those seasonal items or archives. If they are paper archives, go through them and if they’re seven years or older then throw them away. If they are photos or archives you need, consider scanning them and having them in your computer.
Make sure you have them backed up on a different hard drive though and in the cloud. You need to have them in three separate digital locations. You might have to hire your child or a kid in the hood to do so as that can be a time consuming but well worth the effort.
For those items you didn’t donate in phase one of spring cleaning then use the 1-2 year system. This does not include tools. But if you haven’t used items in the past 1-2 years then throw them away. Many times they are large items which means you’ll have to find a friend with a truck or hire one. Or if you’re city has a bulk item day, coordinate your garage cleaning around that day.
When you’re ready to start putting back the items in your newly cleaned garage that will be the real test of whether to keep the items or not. It’s a pain but is the best keeper test you can conduct.
You may also consider having a garage sale if you have items that are still of use but you don’t need them and want to make some extra change.
Cleaning the garage is a day long or weekend long chore but well worth the effort. It frees up room and removes the stigma of being one of those hoarders.
Just another Shop RTO lifestyle tip.