If you have noticed your garage has gone out of control, then it's time for you to take charge and clean it out. This article will educate you on the best approach to clean your garage out yourself. However, keep in mind that there are garage clean out services available for hire should you decide that the job is more than you want to take on by yourself. If you want to give it a try yourself, then you should follow these tips.
Create your strategic plan
Will you be having a yard sale to get rid of the items you no longer want or need? Will you be donating the items you won't be keeping? Will you be throwing away the items you don't want? The best choices are to either make some money for yourself at a yard sale or donate the items to help a worthy cause. However, there is always the option of throwing everything away, should you choose to do so.
If you will be having a yard sale, then you want to purchase some things beforehand, so you will be ready to go as soon as the garage is clean. You want poster boards, large black markers, nails, a hammer, tape, and stickers to write prices on. You may need to rent or borrow tables if you don't have any.
If you plan on donating the items, then have a place lined up ahead of time. Call the donation center to make sure they will pick the items up from your home. Otherwise, you may need to rent a truck or trailer to bring the items to them. Should you donate, get a donation receipt for your taxes at the time the donation is made.
You'll find you probably need a dumpster once you really start digging around. Do your best to estimate the size you think you need. You can have the company make an extra dump if you are wrong, so don't spend time stressing on this.
Check the weather and pick the best day
Your garage clean out will be much easier if you can make use of your yard or driveway, so you have a wide open sorting area. Therefore, you want a clear day with as little wind as possible.
Give yourself a couple days
Make sure you give yourself a couple days in a row to take care of the garage clean out — more if you feel it is necessary. You don't want to only get half of it done, or you may find it is a year before you get back to it.