Your car called. It wants its room back.

Weekend projects often involve cleaning and organizing your home and yard. These routine tasks usually  mean that a few more things end up in the garage for temporary storage.

Over time, these unwanted items take up space and make the garage a clutter-bomb.

Take back your garage and make it work for you again!

1. Take Stock

The first step to a clean and functional garage is to face the giant. Have a quick look around and come up with an action plan. It helps to have an end goal in mind before beginning any large project, so envision what you want the garage to look like by Sunday night.

2. Purge and Donate

Speed is key when going through unwanted or discarded items that somehow found their way into the garage. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything that has not been used in the past year. Items in good condition can be donated to local charities or sold at a garage sale. More space and a little money to buy new shelves for your newly pared down goods? Yes please!

3. Clean Up and Organize

After unwanted and useless items have been donated or trashed, remaining items should be organized and placed with similar items. Need a little more guidance? Lifehacker’s 6 Zone System is foolproof. All tools should be in the same general location, and lawn care items should share a space. Organizing makes storage easier and will ensure that items are easy to locate when you need them.

4. Plan Ahead

Consider future needs and create extra storage space to accommodate a growing family or upcoming projects. Shelving (remember that garage sale?) is an ideal option to create additional space and make garages more functional and usable for various needs. Store your seasonal items up high or in the back, and put that bottle of Roundup where you can grab it regularly.

5. Relax and Enjoy

Whether you clean to reclaim your man cave or just get the cars back to their rightful place, a weekend garage purge feels great once it’s done. After a long weekend of cleaning and organizing, you deserve some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Whether a garage actually holds a car or not, it serves many other purposes for a busy household. If you don’t have a garage and want to get in on the action, contact us today for a personal consultation and free comprehensive estimate!