The No Spend Challenge – Day 13: Clean Out the Garage or Storage Unit

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

This is the Thirteenth day of The No Spend Challenge. To read all posts in order start with Day One. Read a summary of the challenge and view all 31 days in a list format here.  

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Welcome to day 13! Today’s challenge is to clean out our garage or storage unit.

Start out by thinking of the possibilities:

Imagine fitting both cars in your two car garage!

If you have a single space, imagine getting the stuff organized and cleaned out to where you can actually park the vehicle in the garage?

Are you storing stuff you no longer need or want?

Are you paying $25, $50, $100 or more a month to store your stuff in a storage unit?

Imagine a simplified, organized space for the things you really care about.

Think of the possibilities!

7 Possibilities

Here’s 6 steps on how to clean out your garage or storage unit.

1. Set aside the time.

1 Set aside time

This project may only take one afternoon or evening. But depending on the amount of stuff, it may need to be done in phases or over a couple of weekends.

2. Make a plan.

 2 Plan

Make a plan. Take measurements and determine your budget for making the garage more organized. Remember to try to save time and space. Get the whole family involved and assign tasks to everyone. Before you start take a picture!

3. Clean & empty your garage.

 3 Clean the garage

Now the real work begins! Time to divide things into 3 categories: Trash, Donate/Sell, & Action Items.

  1. Trash – These are items that are no longer usable or necessary.
  2. Donate/Sell – You might want to hold onto these for a few days. Day 15 we will be selling stuff!
  3. Action Items – This includes items you’d like to store elsewhere, things that need to be fixed, and borrowed items that need to be returned. Don’t keep stuff for the sake of keeping stuff. Make sure it makes sense. Will you look at or use it again in the next 12 months? Does the item has sentimental value? Chances are if you haven’t needed it or used it in 12 months it’s probably not needed. Don’t transfer the stuff in the garage or storage unit into the attic for example. The blower or weed eater needs to be fixed. Your best friend may need that book back. Or your Dad might want that tool back.

4. Reorganize your garage.

4 organize

Be methodical in placing things that go together in groups. Use boxes or storage units with labels to make this easier. Some examples might include Christmas ornaments, tools, yard supplies, pet supplies, etc.

5. Follow-through with your plan. 

5 Trash

It’s going to be very tempting hold onto stuff by going through the trash and donate/sell categories. Don’t do it! Stick to your plan. Take the trash out. Sell what you can. Donate the items that are left over to your favorite charity. Then start tackling the action items.

6. Move your vehicle back in!

 6 car in garage

Now, it’s time to evaluate your work and move your vehicle in or back in the garage. Whether you’re simply moving the vehicle back in or moving it in to the garage for the first time in months, isn’t the organization freeing?

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Are you ready to clean out your garage or storage unit? Are you planning on getting rid of your storage unit payment all together?

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

2 Comments

  1. This is something that me and my husband definitely need to do! We have a two-car garage that is cluttered with stuff that need to find another place or be cleaned out. I know that the first step is to set the date and know that this days the garage needs to be cleaned! We both are going to clean out the garage so it will not take us two days… may be few hours. Thanks for the post! Really useful suggestions!

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