CLEAR THE GARAGE

House Beautiful (UK) - - Hb Project Declutter -

No room for the car? Pro­fes­sional de­clut­terer Kate Ib­bot­son of A Tidy Mind (atidy­mind.co.uk) puts

ev­ery­thing in its place

Don’t try to sort this space on your own. You need help from friends, fam­ily or a pro­fes­sional. Find an ex­pert at The As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional De­clut­ter­ers and Or­gan­is­ers (apdo.co.uk).

It’s best to get the job done in a day, as you may need to use out­side space as a sort­ing area. If pos­si­ble, lay a tar­pau­lin out­side, gather ev­ery­thing from the garage and place it there.

Use a stick to clear the cob­webs from the ceil­ing and give the garage a good sweep.

Throw away things that are bro­ken, use­less or out of date and load the car for a tip run. Most re­cy­cling cen­tres can safely dis­pose of gas can­is­ters, paint, metal, wood, rub­ble, bro­ken elec­tri­cal items, bat­ter­ies, white goods and light bulbs – but check yours be­fore set­ting off. If you have petrol or haz­ardous waste, ask your lo­cal coun­cil for ad­vice.

Cat­e­gorise sim­i­lar items to­gether. If there are du­pli­cates, can you declutter down to one?

Bag up un­wanted items in good con­di­tion for char­ity shop do­na­tions. Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion will pick up some fur­ni­ture in­clud­ing so­fas and beds with fire safety la­bels. They also col­lect smaller items, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cals. Some re­cy­cling cen­tres have reuse sec­tions, or con­sider an­i­mal shel­ters or home­less refuges.

For stor­age, use la­belled boxes and fill the wall space with shelv­ing. Try Big Dug (0800 088 6300; big­dug.co.uk). A peg wall is use­ful to hang tools; try Trade Counter Di­rect (01803 666630; trade­coun­ter­di­rect.com).

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