It took us until the middle of June this year, but we finally spring cleaned out the garage. We might have had it done a few weeks sooner but it rained every single day we planned to do it. This clean out wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the others we have had because we are getting better about not accumulating so much stuff in the garage. But as you are about to see there is still tons of stuff to trash and donate.
Mostly this year we just let stuff pile up. The stuff in the middle hadn’t been there very long. I sold a shelf on Craigslist and most of that stuff was on the shelf. I knew I would be cleaning out the garage soon so I left it there. The pet carriers were just used to take the cats and dog in for their annual appointments. The saw horse were still up from a painting project I am still doing.
These shelves are where the real wast of space and disorganization occurs. The clear bins with the blue lids are from when I organized my garage in Memphis almost four years ago. We moved whatever was in the bins and they really haven’t been sorted since. Well, this year it was time. I also wanted to use the shelf by the back door for bulk storage as well as our biking gear. You can also see my recycling area in front of the shelf is a mess as well.
This table is where our cats love to sleep. They HAVE to have a place to sleep in the garage. So this table is really a piece of spare wood on the frame of a table whose tile top broke when it blew over in a storm. We keep thinking we would fix it. So it has sat in the garage for a year. Well you know I would tell my clients it was time to give it up so that’s just what we did. We have also decided to sell the generator in the picture as we haven’t used it once in the three and a half years we have lived here. So basically this whole area got cleared out!
You can see the process of us taking everything out and putting it in the yard in the next picture. Sam was helpful to a point but really just wanted us to dig out his bike so he could ride it.
Now for the results of our garage sort, clean, and purge!
First we took everything out and had to pressure wash to clear out all of the winter road grime. This fall I am thinking we will get some road mats to help with that grime next winter. Plus then we can pull the mats out and clean them when they need it. That’s easier than pressure washing the garage.
The wood table you see in the center just needs it’s annual coat of varnish and it will go out on our back patio the rest of summer and fall. So I may end up getting a half shelf for Sam’s bins of toys which are under the table. I like being able to see through to the other wall though. Makes it feel so much bigger and cleaner!
This little cabinet area is really not ideal for us as it is a clutter catcher. We didn’t install it and will hopefully within the next year be able to get some serious storage space installed in this area. To me this is just a waste of space.
I set up this little shelf to be my recycling area and a car wash supply area. On the metal shelf I was able to store our biking gear, snow boots, hiking shoes, tool box, my paint supplies I use regularly and still have room for some bulk items like paper towels and bottled water.
For those of you worried about the cats losing their place to sleep they didn’t. I just moved them onto the other built in work table. Eventually that area will be replaced with new custom storage as well. I’ll have to think about where to put the cats after that. We filled up two trash cans, had one cabinet we took down, the table frame, a bent umbrella, the recycle can, the yard waste can and two bags of yard waste (we took breaks from the garage and worked in the year trimming as well). We put the cabinet, the table frame and umbrella on the curb with a free sign. You never know.
And with that it’s a wrap until next year!