How To Declutter Your Garage

Author: Grant Allan
Date Published: 02/09/2021


We’re going to bet that at some point recently you looked at your garage and contemplated the pile of clutter and then closed the door and walked away. We keep so much stuff in our garages it turns into an unmanageable heap of clutter, impossible to use in a practical way.


We can’t stand wasted space. So, we are going to share our top tips to declutter your garage and maximise your space.


Declutter 101


First, you have to go through the ‘Keep, Sell, Donate, Discard’ process.



You might have room in the center of the garage to sort these piles, or you might have to do it on a sunny day and take the garage to the lawn or driveway.


If you’ve got sports equipment or games the kids don’t use, put them in the donate or sell pile. Same goes for stuff like old carpet, broken items you intended to fix, and whatever random things that have parked themselves there over the years.


Organise the ‘Keep’ pile as you go. Garden outdoor power equipment, kids’ stuff, bikes, tools – whatever you’ve got, sorting it by use as you go will help you later.


Of the stuff you don’t feel you can ask money for, put it on your local Facebook community page – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!


Hopefully you’ll only end up with a smallish pile of rubbish. Once everything is sorted, take your rubbish to the landfill and your ‘Donate’ pile to your charity of choice. The point is to move the stuff out of your house NOW.


Make the best use of your space


Now you should just have a pile of essential items to go back into the garage. It’s time to think about storage.


  1. Use the walls and keep things off the floor. Use shelving, cabinets, and hooks to use your wall space. After all, you might actually want to park a car in there!


  1. Clear jars are great for organizing hardware – you can see what you have and how much of it. Plus, if you put magnet strips on the underneath of shelves, the lids will attach and double your storage space.


  1. If you have dangerous chemicals like weed spray, get a lockable cabinet.


  1. Pegboards can keep all your light tools on the wall. Trace the outlines of your tools with a pencil so you always know where to put them.


  1. Look up. Can you store things that are seldom used in the ceiling space? It is a great place for seasonal gear like camping equipment and skis.


Make it an event


Revisit the items in your garage once a year to keep the clutter from developing. And give it a good clean while you’re at it!