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Decluttering ~ Make a Mess to Clear the Mess

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, has a simple system for getting your garage in order

Very often we can't start an organizing or de-cluttering project because we physically can't "have at it." Big bulky stuff is shoved in the back and little things fall into the "in-between" spaces. We can't even get close to the shelves. The same "off putting" dilemma holds true for any room, any closet or drawer.


Get an overview...set up a long table, or two, to hold the items stockpiled on the floor. The ideal would be to empty the garage, or at least, one whole section at a time.

Think wide to narrow. Set up your overview, the framework, divide into categories and sections and keep modifying.

Separate the items according to purpose.

  • Winter equipment

  • Tools

  • File Boxes

  • Sports Equipment

  • I don't know what this is for.

Segregate anything that can be hung up on the walls, (come equipped with hammer, nails, etc...they're in that pile of tools) , anything that will clear floor space. Get these items out of the way.

  • Garden tools

  • Sleds

  • Bikes

  • Hockey Sticks

  • Golf bags (There are great units that stand golf clubs and other sports items in one organized space.)

  • Walkers

  • Crutches

You're almost done:

  • Make a Discard, Donate and Sell piles and start tossing

  • ​NOW sweep the garage floor and wipe down the shelves.

  • You are ready to put items back on the shelves and hang up the wall items.

  • Find containers for miscellaneous items that you will want to deal with later. (See above, "I don't know what this is for").

  • Put those more frequently used items closest to the garage door to the house.

  • Label your containers so that you know what's inside each storage box.

  • If you want, you can make a master list of what's in each box and where it is, and keep the list tacked inside a kitchen cabinet or on the back of the garage door.

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, says in organizing your often find important items

Decluttering is Discovering...In every decluttering job I have uncovered:

  • Un-cashed checks.

  • Cash(!)

  • Lost receipts.

  • Incoming mail items that needed immediate attention.

  • Memoriabiia

NJ Expert Organizer, Marilyn Shain Labendz, urges yu to take the first step.

Contact me. Doing any project together, large or small will help you do others by yourself!

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