Garage Clean Out

Garage Clean Out

Garage Clean Out

Have you ever seen a garage that is so jam-packed with boxes and other stuff that there’s no room to park a car in there? Wait. . .did I just describe your garage?

In Arizona, where I’ve lived for the last seven years, basements and attics are a rarity, which leaves the garage as the sole storage place. Not surprisingly, we see a lot of cars parked in the driveway! But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Assuming that you would LIKE to be able to park your car in your garage, let me ask you a few questions:

What’s in your garage?  A lot of things that end up in our garage are there because we just didn’t have the courage to keep walking them to the curb. Look around. What do you see? To get a really good idea of what you have, group like items; for example, lawn and garden, camping equipment, holiday decorations, etc.

Would you rather have the stuff or the space?  Make a decision NOT to store anything that’s just taking up valuable space. If you’re holding onto things for grown children, tell them it’s time to come and get them.   Do you still have unopened boxes from three moves ago? Yes? Then you already know that you could live quite happily without that stuff.   Are you holding on to things because you paid “good money” for them? Why not sell them and get some of that cash back?

Are you maximizing your storage space?  Think vertical. Floor-to-ceiling shelving lets you get those boxes off the floor and out of the way. Hint: Use same-size storage boxes for easier stacking and a neater look.  Also look for ceiling-mounted storage platforms and hoists for bicycles, kayaks and canoes, and other items.

Is paying for off-site storage an option?  Let me answer that for you: NO! You’ve heard the saying: Out of sight, out of mind. Invariably, what happens when you rent storage space is that you end up paying month after month, year after year for stuff you’ve all but forgotten about.  If you need additional storage space for things you really do need and use, an outdoor shed may be a more affordable, convenient solution. Look at the variety of outdoor storage sheds offered by Lifetime to find a shed that suits your storage needs.

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