Are you still with me? If you have accomplished parts 1 & 2 - great. So far, the stuff that doesn't belong is gone (or marked to go). All bins and boxes are sorted and labeled. Categories are identified. Don't give up - you're almost done. In Part 3 we continue to sort the remainder of things into defined categories and then actually do the organizing.
This step is really easy. Continue to pick up individual things and place them with similar items (in their categories). Label them in your mind if not out loud to reinforce your grasp of the emerging organizational system. Or, write category names on paper and hang on walls/shelves. Or, use chalk to identify categories on the floor or driveway.
Okay, you may be thinking that cleaning out the garage is not that easy or quick. Hang in there. If you followed Part 1, I bet some of the unwanted things are already gone. Continue with the previous task of looking up ways to get rid of the unwanted things from Part 1. Yes – you can do it, just keep at it. And keep your goal in mind– why you want to declutter the garage. In this second part we tackle bins and boxes of assorted stuff.
Bins and Boxes - Digging In
Most people have bins and boxes of assorted items stashed in the garage. If you don’t have any, consider yourself fortunate and skip this step! Otherwise, examine your bins and boxes to recall why they got here. Making space for a remodel? Clearing spare bedroom for holiday
Now that spring is here, the temperatures have warmed (a bit) and many of us are thinking about clearing the garage. If a garage cleanout is on your project list this spring take heart. The benefits of a decluttered and organized garage are guaranteed to outweigh the time and effort expended. Finding things will be a breeze. Seasonal tools will be readied. The car will fit in the garage. Life will be good! Sounds overwhelming? Not at all! Break the project down into small chunks, put them on your calendar, be determined – you can do it. Envision the look and feel of the decluttered garage in your mind. Invoke that image as often as necessary to stay motivated.
Carol Martin-Ward, encouraging practical ideas for easy organizing