Your garage works harder than any other room in your home. Because it isn’t inside your home like a living room, bathroom or bedroom, it tends to go unnoticed — and become a storage space.
Chances are, your garage is way overdue for a good clean out. At Junk Ninja, we understand just how important a garage is to a home — which is why we offer junk removal services to help you keep your garage clean.
Instead of sentencing unneeded items to your garage to never be seen again, enlist the help of junk removal to get these items taken off of your hands. This way, your garage won’t become a makeshift storage room, and you can be sure that your stuff is disposed of responsibly.
We are proud to offer removal services to haul away the stuff in your garage. Whether you need appliances or furniture removed, we’re happy to help.
When we collect your things, we take them all to our recycling center where we address every individual item. We ensure that everything we pick up is diverted properly whether that be via recycling, re-using or donating to one of the charities we work with.
When you are ready to purge your garage of all the things that you don’t need anymore, be sure to get in touch with us.
These are the telling signs that it’s time to get your garage cleaned out:
It’s a Storage Space
When an item gets sentenced to your garage, the likelihood of it resurfacing again is nil — and your garage really doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment.
A garage isn’t a glorified space for your storage. Garages are best used as what they are: somewhere to keep your car and other things that don’t really have a place indoors.
Alas, garages have a reputation for becoming the storage space of no return — but this isn’t a productive situation for anyone. Surveys have shown that a quarter of homeowners are too embarrassed by the state of their garage to leave their garage door open.
Peter Walsh, a professional organizer, confirmed to Oprah.com that it’s come to the point that when you put things in your garage, they always go in but never come out. He shared “Garages are the elephant burial ground of the 21st century.”
When your garage becomes a designated storage space for all things random, it’s harder to fit the things you actually need — like your shovels, bikes and, yes, your car. You may want to consider taking the time to purge your garage— or at least organize it better.
Nothing Has a Place
If you are going to store outdoor equipment in your garage like bikes, shovels, helmets and seasonal appliances, you need to get organized.
When you start to find that nothing has a place in your garage, it’s worth taking the time not just to clean out your garage, but to organize it. The last thing you want to do is loosely toss things into corners or hang them on hooks that are falling apart.
There are so many garage-friendly storage units and hooks that will help you better lay out the things that you want to keep in your garage.
Things are Falling
When it comes to the point that your wall shelves are unhinged, your shovels are falling off of their hooks, and your bikes are leaning on your car, it’s time to clean out your garage.
You should be able to neatly store things in your garage without them falling on top of one another. Not only is this messy, it’s hazardous — things can fall on your car, or even you!
Having so many items densely packed in your garage can become a fire hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 6,600 garage fires occurred every year between 2009 and 2011.
You Can’t Park Your Car Anymore
According to PR Newswire, almost 1 in 4 Americans claim that they can’t fit their cars into their garage due to clutter — as you can imagine, this is problematic.
If you can’t park your car in your garage, what’s the point in having a garage? Garages are first and foremost a space to park your car in — they are a storage space second.
It’s Impossible to Find Anything
According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, half of North American homeowners consider their garage to be the most disorganized area of their home.
Things in your garage should be assessable — what’s the point in keeping your bike in your garage if you can’t even find it under a pile of miscellaneous items that, let’s be honest, you will never use.
When you are unable to find necessary seasonal items in your garage, it’s time to do a deep clean. Get rid of those things you don’t need and make these needed items more assessable.
Clean Out Your Garage!
So, you’ve identified that it’s time to clean out your garage — let’s be honest, it’s been time for a while. Now what? Get ready to start using your garage and find things in it again.
Here are the mains steps you can take to clean out that garage of yours once and for all.
1. Sort Through Items
It’s time to Marie Kondo your garage. Go through everything and decide what it is you actually need, and what needs to go. Does it spark joy? If not, say goodbye!
Donate some of those items that you just don’t need or want anymore that can still be used by others. This way you can clean out your garage but also not feel wasteful or guilty for tossing out things that, for all intents and purposes, do work.
3. Physically Clean
The seemingly impossible has finally happened — your garage is nearly empty, and it’s time to re-stock the space. Before putting back the things you’ll be keeping — you know, like that car that’s been sitting on the driveway — take the time to physically clean the garage.
We’re talking about washing down those walls, sweeping up any debris, and taking care of any other problems that may have occurred while your space was full of clutter. Deal with any bugs and mold before taking the next step to ensure that your new garage space is just that — fresh and new.
There is stuff you inevitably need in your garage — but what good is having these things when you can’t find them when you need them?
After cleaning out your garage you will be able to gauge what it is you need regularly. This will help you to better decide where to put these items so that they are easily accessible but also not taking too much space.
Now your garage is clean and organized — everything has a place, and you’ve actually parked your car inside. Give yourself a pat on the back. Now, establish a plan to maintain this. Don’t let clutter overtake your garage again.
Put things back after you use them, and if you are going to store something in your garage, make sure the garage is the right place for it. If it is, store it on a shelf or hook. If not, find a place in your home for it. If there isn’t a place for it period, that may be a sign that it’s time to get rid of the item altogether.
A garage isn’t a place for that mini fridge you don’t use anymore. Instead of just putting random things in your garage, enlist the help of a junk removal company (like ours!) to take these items off of your hands so that they don’t create clutter.
Junk Ninja Will Help You Clean Out Your Garage
Junk Ninja is committed to taking all of your unwanted items off of your hands to help you regain your space. We’re happy to help you make your garage useable again. Whether you need us to remove furniture, appliances or waste, we want to help.
You can always rent bins from us to trash all those things in your garage that you want to get rid of — and then have us do the heavy lifting to haul all that stuff away. Don’t worry; we’ll make sure your things are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Call us or book an appointment for our full-service junk removal services, and we will present you with a two-hour time slot and give you a heads up call 15 minutes before we arrive.
When we get to you, we’ll provide you with an upfront complimentary quote based on how much room your stuff will take in our truck. When you give us the green light, we’ll provide our efficient same-day service and get your stuff out of your home in no time!