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Create your own garage storage plan

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There’s untapped potential in any garage to make room for more storage. Here are some rules you can apply to make the most out of your space.

Clear out

Weed out all the junk you don’t need. Keep only what you use; give away what you don’t, and throw away what’s broken and taking up precious space.

Make a plan

Treat your garage like any other room in the house. Take measurements and draw a floor plan to help you visualize what will fit and where it can be placed, just as you would for a kitchen or a dining room.

Categorize

Decide what items you’ll use often, like garbage bags and cleaning supplies. Keep these things nearest the door. Next, map out space for seasonal equipment: lawn mowers and weed-trimmers, etc.

Avoid placing big items like lawn mowers, in a corner where they’ll chew up space. Try to park them under a shelf unit. And be sure to clip ladders, shovels, rakes, and other garden tools into a wall rack off the floor.

Finally, get seasonal space hogs such as kayaks and bikes off the floor. These items should be relegated to walls or hung from the ceiling. A hoist pulley system (available at most home depots or online) that operates like the cords on window blinds and has clips or straps to hold large items can be installed directly into ceiling joists.

Containerise

Keeping things in containers not only lets you get them off the floor but keeps them clean. Transparent stackable bins conserve space and also allow you to see their contents. Always label opaque containers so that you know what’s inside.

Safety-proof

Designate a safe space for hazardous materials such as fertilizers, pesticides and paint, so kids can’t get into them. Hang sharp gardening tools up out of reach, and chain saws and other sharp tools stored in locked boxes.

 

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De-clutter your home: The 10 most important principles

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It is possible to reign in the chaos and maintain a neat, clutter-free home. Just apply these 10 principles.

 

1. Stop the flow of stuff coming in

De-cluttering is a waste of time if you simply replace the old stuff with new. You’ll need to begin by slowing the flow of things entering your home. Determine today to buy less. Trust me, you won’t regret it. The freedom from desire to acquire is a beautiful thing.

2. De-clutter at least one item a day

De-cluttering does not have to be a mad frenzy that disrupts your entire household. Over the years, my home has become quite minimalist by simply choosing one item a day to de-clutter. This gradual process began to change the way I think about stuff. Eventually, it became a way of life rather than just a crash diet of stuff.

3. De-clutter the easy stuff first 

There is no need to make things difficult by trying to de-clutter the hardest things first. Most likely, it will simply deter you from the task altogether. Instead, start with the easy stuff and then as you strengthen your will to reduce, the harder decisions will become easier.

4. Put a disposal plan in place

Before you begin, investigate selling, recycling, donating and give away options for the items you choose to de-clutter. The more prepared you are for the task, the simpler it will be… and the more likely you will be to follow through. PAWS, Hospice, and our local second-hand shop became my favorite disposal options. However there are endless others to explore.

5. Don’t keep things out of guilt or obligation

Your home should only contain the things you love or use. Don’t let incorrect thinking or other people dictate what you should keep or give away. Remember, if the items are yours, it is your choice to decide what to do with them.

6. Do not be afraid to let go

The urge to hold on to items you think you might need someday can be eliminated simply by being realistic about what need really is. Many items in our homes may be useful, but they are not particularly necessary to our happiness, well-being, or the functionality of our homes. Seek to understand the difference.

7. Gifts do not have to be material

There are so many ways to honour loved ones without giving gifts that end up as clutter. Encourage people to follow this concept when buying gifts for you. Some alternative gifts are gifts of experience or adventure, a gift of time spent together, even cash gifts are appropriate in some instances.

8. Do not over-equip your home

A home does not need enough linen, crockery, cutlery, or pantry supplies to serve as a hotel. Be realistic about your true needs. In the rare event an unusually large number of guests arrive on your doorstep, you can always borrow from friends, family or neighbors.

9. Do not de-clutter things that are not yours

Everyone should have a choice about their own belongings, even small children. Honor them by allowing them to choose. You can encourage hoarding tendencies in others by ripping things away from them before they are ready to let go.

10. Do not waste your life on clutter

Every item you own takes time out of your life: time to manage it, clean it, repair it, and maintain it; time to choose between objects of a similar category; time spent shopping for it… and that doesn’t even mention the time spent earning the money to pay for it in the first space. Decide to sacrifice less of your precious life on the pursuit and ownership of stuff.

 

These ten principles have kept me resolute for the past three years. I had no idea when I began this mission how much stuff I would relinquish over the next three years. What I originally thought was going to be an arduous task quickly became a way of life… so much so, we have just put a deposit on a beautiful, even smaller, apartment with fabulous views of our coastal city, a swimming pool, and gym all within walking distance of everything we want. Semi-retirement is becoming a beautiful thing. De-cluttering made it possible.


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