Tips for de-cluttering your garage in Melbourne

Moving house is the perfect time to de-clutter your garage. Most of us use our garages as a storage unit for old furniture, toys, clothes, junk and rubbish, leaving no room to even park our cars. Most of us put off cleaning up the garage because the job seems so large and we don't even know where to start. Here are some tips to help de-clutter your garage.

If you are relocating house, you will want to give yourself plenty of time as you don't want to be hauling junk from one house to another, even more so if you are relocating interstate or intercity.

Depending on how full your garage is, it may take a couple of dedicated weekend to clean up, so get a couple of friends to help and get the kids involved.

Begin with just one section and stick to that section before moving on to the next.

If you think you have a lot of junk and rubbish, hire a mini skip bin and have it ready and waiting for you to throw your rubbish into. OR if you have a trailer, load it up and take it to your local refuse stations (locations will be on your local council website) Some items are unable to be thrown in the bin or at the refuse, like paint cans, car batteries, flammable items etc so check with your council where you can take these item.

With each section, sort out piles of items that are rubbish i.e. broken items; items you can sell and items you want to keep.

Once you have sorted through your things and your rubbish is gone, you can take the items you are keeping and put them into their own sections i.e. tools; keepsakes (photos etc); garden tools; toys and bikes; seasonal clothing etc

Get some plastic bins with lids to keep each section tidy, put a label on the lid so you know what's in there.

Shelves and other storage solutions are available as a flat-pack from your local hardware store. Shelves are great for items such as paint can, oils, petrol etc

If you have clothing in your garage, you can get a portable wardrobe to keep clothes tidy and easily accessible.

Hooks can be used to hand larger tools like spades etc. Larger specialty hooks can be used to hand bicycles as well.

With items that are still usable, you can decide whether you want to give away to family or friends, donate to charity, or sell online, or better yet, hold a garage sale.

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