7 simple tools to declutter your garage

Your garage doesn’t have a lot of free floor space, especially if you have a vehicle parked there. Think about what’s currently there and what can be placed on the walls and ceiling.


Hooks can be used to suspend bikes, hang coats, hold chainsaws and hedge trimmers, even to keep rakes and shovels off the ground. Be creative, you’ll be surprised at what you can do with such a simple item.

Peg boards

Peg boards are great for small tools like wrenches and screw drivers. You can utilize quite a bit of space on a wall with a handy item like this. It keeps your tools accessible which will save you time the exact tool you’re looking for. Most peg boards come with small, suspendable boxes where you can keep nuts and bolts, screws and washers and other small items.


Baskets can be used to store everyday items. They can be fastened with hooks on the wall to utilize even more space. Consider using them for holding sports gear, smaller power tools and cleaning products.


Whether you’re storing sports equipment like baseballs and bats, paint cans or smaller items, shelves come in a variety of lengths and depths. Don’t forget this all purpose solution for virtually anything.

Storage systems

If you need more than just a few shelves, consider purchasing a proper storage system. This could range from a closet or wardrobe, to large tool storage systems, to a multi-purpose outdoor cabinet system. Depending on what you’re using your garage for and the size of the space, these systems, although costly, can be incredibly handy.

Wheeled storage

Most garages are changed seasonally to keep functional items close by depending on the season. Keep that in mind when you’re purchasing storage tools, and invest in wheeled cabinets or trolleys. That way, you can easily wheel things around your garage or outdoors as required.

Scrap lumber

Last month, you finished rebuilding your deck, but you’re left with a stack of different pieces of wood. Instead of throwing them away, consider building your own small storage unit or use individual pieces as shelves. That way, you’ll save some money by not needing to buy a separate item… and you’re recycling!

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7 tips for storage auction bidding

You’ve all seen the shows about storage auction wars. It’s competitive, it’s rough, it’s disappointing and yet rewarding at times. Before getting into the game, here are a few tips.

Know the rules

Storage facilities have general rules that need to be applied. For liability reasons, they don’t usually enter the units they’re selling. However, when that door rolls up for bidding, back off if you see a couple of things:

  • odors, such as mold which can come from old food in appliances,
  • critters or insects like rats and cockroaches,
  • storage drums, which could contain anything, even hazardous waste.

Most storage facility owners can’t sell units like these, so know the rules and make sure you don’t get caught with an unsafe unit.

Keep quiet

The last thing you want to do is announce to the world that you’ve found a signed letter from George Washington or an unopened collection of original Star Wars figures. Keep your findings to yourself, identify buyers quickly and liquidate your haul… quietly.

Get in shape

Most professionals look to turn around units quickly, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Sifting through unit upon unit is physically demanding, so make sure you can handle the job.

Don’t get caught up in the excitement

There’s no need to buy a unit every time you attend a storage auction. Take your time and weigh your options. Have a goal in mind and bid on the units that make sense for you. Set a limit for yourself to ensure you can make a profit later. If you’re just getting into the business, don’t bring any money with you. Instead, have a look at what it’s all about.

Identify buyers

As mentioned, most professionals try to go through units quickly. You may need to bring items home or keep them in your own self storage unit for some time. To streamline the process, find buyers ahead of time like pawn shops, specialty buyers and online classified advertising services like Kijiji or Craigslist.

Go through everything

Some units may seem like they include a pile of junk, but you may find some hidden gems. Be meticulous and sort through all items. You never know what you’ll find!

Be safe

Not from the bidders, but from the hazards of an old storage unit. It’s a dirty business so invest in a mask and heavy duty gloves.

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6 tips to get any organization project started

If you’re obsessed with cleanliness and order, tackling an organization project can be easy, but most people dread it. Reorganizing your kitchen, going through your storage unit, decluttering your garage – whatever the project, here are a few guidelines to help you get started.


Take the necessary time
Above anything else, dedicate some time to the task at hand. If you’re chipping away at a room little by little, it may seem like it’s taking an eternity. If you’re going to tackle an organization project, make sure you come at it with the right attitude. Don’t be afraid to take the time to do it right, and don’t be afraid to toss the junk or put it aside to donate.

Before starting, make sure you grab all the items you need: boxes for storage, garbage bags, and cleaning products. Don’t let yourself be distracted later on when you need to run out to grab something you need. Bring everything you’ll require to that space and get going!

Pick a place to start
Maybe you should start with the pantry. No, the island. Even better, the cutlery drawer. There’s no right place to start – just pick a place and start moving left to right, top to bottom. Focus on that one area and begin. Don’t skip a space because it may take too long or it’s too messy. You’ll have to do it regardless, so move through the area in an orderly and systematic fashion.

Junk is junk
The process of throwing things out can be difficult or can be very straightforward – depending on the person. If you’re going through a loved one’s house who has just passed away, this process can be emotional and take time. If you’re past the baby stage and need to get rid of cribs, playpens and toys, it can be pretty easy.

Regardless of the room or project, figure out what you need, what you want to keep and what you know you don’t need. Establishing this criteria will save you time when you’re sorting through items.

Also consider what you’re doing with your junk: throwing it out, giving it to someone you know or donating it. If you’re throwing out large items, you may need to rent a truck. If you’re donating to a specific charity, you may need to contact them in advance.

Creating staging areas
There’s no use making piles of things that need to be sorted again later. Clear one space to stage or sort through items. Bring everything there, determine what you’re keeping and what you’re getting rid of. Don’t allow this area to get messy or else you’re just moving piles of junk from one place to the next.

Take breaks
Don’t burn out or get overwhelmed. Take breaks to remain patient and objective. You can chip away at certain projects or even walk away for an hour to come back it refreshed. Regardless of how long or often you take breaks, make sure you complete the specific task at hand first.

Take a second pass
So you’ve gone through every area. Think you’re done? HA! Repeat the process once again. It’ll take you much less time and it allows you to be more objective than the first round. Then, you’ll only be left with the things you really need.

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5 decluttering tips for your garage

Most garages are a catch-all space for anything related to the outdoors like tools, sports gear, lawn equipment. Some people dump indoor items as well: boxes, garbage, appliances. Life happens and suddenly you can’t even fit a car in your garage. In most cases, garages get unorganized and can be dangerous for kids.

Here’s the thing – it’s a huge space with great square footage that can be better organized for maximum efficiency. Here are some tips.

Chuck the junk
Most garages become a dump for all things, but what kind of treasures could you find once you take the time to look? Appliances, a computer still running Windows 98, a sweet Tron poster. You may have placed those items there because at the time, you didn’t want to make the decision to keep them or throw them away.

The first thing you’ll need to do is chuck the junk. You may only need a garbage bag, or maybe a truck. Take a deep breath and go at it. Start anywhere and create a staging area to sort your junk – so you’re not sorting what you’ve already sorted later on.

Also, consider what you’ll do with that junk. Maybe you’ll just throw it away, but consider donating it.

Have an end goal
What do you want this space to be used for? If it’s to park your car (or cars), pull it in and work around that space. That way, you’ll know the exact dimensions you require.

Garages are a great place for workshops regardless of if you like to putter, take on weekend projects or are a professional carpenter. Plan out what you need, like an area to keep your tools and a flat surface to work. You may even have power tools professionally installed to give you that extra edge.

Your garage can be turned into your sports locker room too. Keep that toxic waste out of your home and in your own personal space with hooks and a bench. Consider putting up shelves for baseball bats, cleats, golf clubs, or tennis rackets.

Maybe you just want a storage area. There’s nothing wrong with that, but make sure your storage is organized. If you’re using your garage as a general storage area, consider heat fluctuations, rodents and insects. Only keep things that can withstand these elements.

Assign spaces
If you’ve decided to use your garage for multiple items, assign spaces for each category. Camping gear to the right, sports equipment to the left, tools hung on the wall, lawn and garden equipment near the door and seasonal items tucked away in boxes. Categorization will save you time trying to figure out where everything is later on.

Use proper storage
Not everything needs to sit on the concrete floor. Think about how to better utilize the space by installing hooks on the wall to suspend bikes, wood shelves for paint cans, and plastic boxes for Christmas decorations and to protect against bugs and rodents. You’ll be able to utilize those other flat surfaces in the garage and gain extra square footage.

Take the required time
If you’re going to tackle this job, make sure you come at it with the right attitude. Don’t be afraid to take the time to do it right, and don’t be afraid to toss the junk or put it aside to donate. A change of season is a great time to tackle this job.

Decluttering doesn’t just involve a few boxes or shelves. You need to take everything out and reassess where each item needs to go. Get all the things you need such as boxes for storage, garbage bags for junk and cleaning products. Pick a starting point and have at it!

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Is that your garage?!

It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s full of junk! It used to store vehicles, bikes and other shiny objects, but now, it’s one of the most inhospitable places on the planet for humans.

Oh wait… that’s your garage.

Imagine the liberation in reclaiming the two-car garage you got when you purchased your home. You could turn it into anything: a workshop, a recording studio, a yoga space or even a place to park your cars.

Per square foot, renting a self storage unit is actually cheaper than that space attached to your house that’s become unusable, jammed with bikes, camping gear, and who knows what’s under those boxes.

You own that space… put up a fight and take it back my friend!

Heck, if you need a van to cart everything away, many storage facilities can help.

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