For most people, the garage is a storage space-turned-dumping ground that’s nearly impossible to keep organized. Of course, no new homeowner starts out thinking that beautifully open, spacious garage space will morph into a massive holding area for junk. But, somehow, some way, it always seems to happen. Chances are, it’s happened to you, too, right?
What’s even worse is that once the mountain of junk is in place and looming above you, you can’t just sweep the entire mass into the trash in one fell swoop. That’s because only some of it is garbage-worthy stuff that should be thrown away. The rest is made up of useful, even expensive, items or tools that are worth keeping on hand. Only, with all of it mixed together in that big, messy pile, you have no idea what’s buried under the heap anymore, much less what’s in there that’s valuable. When you find yourself in this position, there are two main strategies for solving the problem:
Fast and furious
Wading in, clearing out, and reorganizing your garage armed with only your fierce determination and a very tight deadline (say, one weekend) is probably how you’ve cleaned your garage in the past. You’ve also probably then wondered, just a few short months later, how in the world you ended up with a completely messy garage again.
The answer is that, while this method may seem efficient, it actually does nothing to help you learn how to keep your garage organized. In fact, after using this method to clean out your garage, you’ll still have all of the same habits that created those big piles of junk in the first place. Add to that the enormous amount of energy you exerted to get it clean in the first place, and the last thing you’ll want to do afterward is devote any more effort to keeping your garage tidy and clean over time.
Slow and steady
This option takes more patience, but it’s also the one most likely to lead to long-term success. Instead of paying someone to do the work for you, or cleaning out the entire garage by yourself in one frenetic weekend, this method focuses on taking tiny steps over several weekends or even months. Make a plan to tackle just one small section or area each weekend. Once you’re done, stop, even if you feel motivated to continue. This way, you’ll prevent burnout or exhaustion.
Remember, it’s a marathon, not a race. While it may take quite a bit longer to finish, gradual changes will be more likely to stick over time. And that’s the ultimate goal, right? Not just cleaning out your garage, but keeping it clean for good. Good luck!