People simply love stuff nowadays and we are all guilty of hanging onto a few things too many. Some people are so bad it becomes an impulse and a BIG problem. It’s called hoarding, and the risks of hoarding are very serious.
Hoarding is a real problem and the impulse that some people have to collect everything and keep stuff is almost uncontrollable. It is a real condition that needs more treatment than ” just clean out your closet”.
However, not all of us suffer from a phycological attachment to stuff, some of us are maybe a tad lazy or been too busy to clean out the garage.
So whichever category you fall into it, it is important to understand that hoarding can become dangerous!
The risks of hoarding are real and in this article, I will help outline the risks as well as how to start battling your overstocked garage to ensure you have a safe and clean environment.
The Risks of Hoarding are Real
#1 Hoarders collect and fill their space with stuff. It’s very easy to block exits such as hallways, doors, or windows by clutter. This prevents residents from accurate fire prevention and increases fire hazards.
#2 In the event of a fire the excessive amount of things can easily add fuel to fire, making firefighting increasingly dangerous and difficult to suppress. The risk of structural damages due to the weight of hoarded items is another problem to consider.
#3 The risk of structural damages due to the weight of hoarded items is another problem to consider.
A hoarder’s environment can affect not only their own home but also the houses of their neighbors. All in all, hoarding creates conditions for explosive house fires.
Here’s How to Avoid Hoarding More Stuff Than You Need
People collect stuff over the years and, at the least, before they know it, they have to deal with multiple towels, a large number of clothing and accessories, or unnecessary dish sets.
The solution? Regular purging.
Youk now when you go to do that ‘Spring Clean’ once a year? Well, that’s the perfect time to clear out unwanted stuff. In fact, you should spring clean 3-4 times a year.
Regular ‘clean-ups’ will help you get rid of the clothing or other items you no longer use and don’t need. Don’t hold onto your items just because you don’t want to sell them at a yard sale for much less than what you paid for them a few years ago.
Now, it is relatively easy to keep the space in your home clean and clutter-free. But when it comes to garages and sheds, here where there is more likely to be a junk pile up.
Here are some essential tips for cleaning out your garage and decluttering your shed.
How to Clean Your Garage and Shed – And Survive!
If you are dealing with a seriously cluttered space, you might feel overwhelmed. Starting the job is daunting. Facing plenty of stuff scattered all over the place, it’s easy to procrastinate on decluttering.
There are 2 solutions to decluttering a garage, you can DIY or save yourself the hassle and consider hiring professional cleaning and rubbish removal services.
Depending on how big the job is going to be, you can choose which option will suit you best.
But if you’re brave enough, here are a couple of things you should do to make sure your shed or garage is in top shape.
#1 Mark the date on your calendar to ensure you stay committed to the cause. Break the job up into smaller tasks. Focus on getting the job done, one task after another. Don’t expect yourself to clean it up all at once.
#2 Break the job up into smaller tasks. Focus on getting the job done, one task after another. (Don’t expect yourself to clean it up all at once).
#4 Once you’re done with one task, proceed to the next. Appreciate what you’ve done and enjoyed crossing it off your list.
#5 Allow yourself several days to properly clean out your garage.
#6 Take everything from inside the space outside. Make sure that you pick a sunny day for uncluttering your shed or garage.
Now it’s time to sort your garage or shed items.
Come up with three distinct groups: keep, throw away, and donate.
All the broken or damaged items should land in the trash. Once you remove all the items you picked for removing and donating (or even selling), you can focus on the stuff that you want to keep in your garage.
Remove dust and grime from your items to make sure they’re clean and once they’re ready, categorize them items into relevant piles – for example, gardening, electrical equipment, and decorations.
Now that all your items are outside, you will be able to focus on the inside of your garage. Looks quite big, doesn’t it? Before rushing in to put your clean items, clean the floor, get rid of all the cobwebs, and use a dry cloth to wipe down the walls and windows. Clean the door with a damp cloth or sponge as well.
Now it’s time to put all your items back.
Visualize and plan how to maximize the available space. If you’ve got shelving units and wall shelves running across the length of your entire wall, they will help you to maximize the square footage and store plenty of small or medium-sized items.
Some of your items might be too large or too heavy to be stored on shelves, especially garden tools such as forks. Hang them down from the walls. Store your smallest items in boxes or containers to protect them from dust and damage.
To make sure that your shed or garage is well organized, label your boxes to remember where everything is.
And that’s how your garage becomes functional again!