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tools-690038_1280Some people have impeccable garages. They have tools hanging on the walls, bike racks for the bikes, and they even have enough room to park their cars. Some people have very organised attics too (usually those people who have impeccable garages). Archive boxes are labelled and stacked in a corner; clothes are vacuum packed and labelled too.

Many of us don’t have this. Many of us have garages full of clutter and junk. Often it just feels too much to declutter and sort it out…until now!

Often, following a declutter session, you will have lots that has gone straight into your attic or garage. We always recommend that you take clutter straight to the charity shop on the day you declutter. However, if you haven’t done this, you will probably have a garage or attic that is packed to the rafters.  It’s time to sort it out.

As always, start in a corner and work your way around clockwise in order not to miss anything. Ask yourself the 3 decluttering questions as you work your way through your clutter:

  1. Do I need this?
  2. Do I like this?
  3. Do I use this?

Remember, questions 3 is the most important – if you need it and like it, but haven’t used it for the 10 years you’ve owned it, it’s probably best to get rid of it!

As you work, it’s best to sort the items into piles: stuff you want to sell, stuff you want to give away and stuff you want to keep.

Stuff you want to sell

Ask yourself, am I really going to sell it? Or will it sit there for another 6 months and make you feel guilty every time you look at it because you haven’t got round to selling it? If you are going to sell it, set aside some time to set up an ebay account, or put ads in the local paper, or starting asking around at work or among friends if anyone wants to buy your things. They won’t sell themselves! So make a plan of how you are going to sell the stuff before you start adding to the selling pile.

Stuff you want to give away

Often giving stuff away is a quicker and a more convenient option. Using website like freecycle can benefit your community and lessen the environmental impact of your clutter. You can also give your stuff to your local charity shop. Charity shops are desperate for your clutter as they rely on charitable donations from people decluttering their houses. Many people see their donations to the charity shops as their charitable donation of the year. Giving your old things away is a quick, convenient and altruistic way of dealing with your clutter.

Stuff you want to keep

Everything you want to keep needs to be stored and archived properly. Your deserve protecting, so we recommend boxes rather than carrier bags or black bin bags. Make sure the boxes aren’t too big (as you might not be able to carry them) and that they are labeled. This will make your life much easier when you need to find something in a hurry.

The garage and the attic can be the rooms that time forgot. Out of sight, out of mind… but not really. These rooms will always be in the back of your head and will be the most painful to wade through when you need to find something in a hurry. So take our advice and get them sorted for your peace of mind.

 

If this is something you would love to do, but are not sure where to start or what is going to make the most difference to your home, I’d love to offer you a FREE Home Review with me via phone or Skype.

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