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Tips for Clearing Out Garage Clutter

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GUSTAFSON INSURANCE - Terri GesikWhether you use your garage as an all-purpose space or restrict it to vehicles only, it's one area of your home that can quickly become disorganized. But with a little planning and purging, you can create the orderly garage of your dreams.

Start by Clearing the Chaos—Organizational experts estimate that only 30 percent of Americans park in their garage at home. Do you fall into that category? If so, you should first decide what to toss. As a general rule of thumb, if an item is broken, hasn't been used in two years, or is no longer needed, consider getting rid of it.

Are there paint cans stacked haphazardly or pet food stashed conveniently in your garage? These items, as well as others such as propane tanks, paper goods, and wood furniture, are best stored elsewhere.

Devise a Personalized Plan—After you've decluttered, think organization. Get started by grouping similar objects together. For example, arrange yard equipment in one area and hand tools in another. And be sure to store heavy machinery as far away from your car as possible to avoid potential damage.

Next, open up those boxes you never unpacked and make some decisions. Donate what you no longer need or want, and find an appropriate spot for items you'd like to hold on to. Lastly, aim to keep objects off the floor; it's a smart goal that usually results in a cleaner garage.

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