Six Ideas To Repurpose Clutter in your Garage

Has your garage become a damping ground? Does everything you do not use, end up in the garage? Since it is near your home, you need to organize the garage and make it more appealing as well as bug-free. Here are few garage organization ideas to repurpose clutter in your garage.

Old kids’ sleds as junk movers

If you have a garden, cleaning tree branches, leaves and other garden clutter, is utterly important to keep it tidy. In most cases, we use wheelbarrows or pushcarts. However, if you cannot afford these equipment, you can move pruned branches to the dumpsite using kids’ sleds. Simply fix a rope at one end and use it to move the waste across the path to the desired destination.

Golf gear as an organizer

Where you have an old golf gear, it can make a good organizer for all your garden or workshop tools. Make use of the multiple pockets, to store most of the tools. This way, you will have an easier time when you are looking for them. If you got some tees in the golf package, they can make great
seed markers in your garden.

Use bottles as bird feeders

Bottles make most of the clutter that is in your garage. Before you call for the recycling people, pick a few of the bottles and cut them out to create feeding troughs for birds and other small animals in your garden.

Repurpose toilet roll tubes

Cardboard tubes from toilet roll may be used as insect trapper. Wrap around a tube with a tape and the flies will certainly fall prey. You can also use the tubes, as pots for seedlings.

Metal cans

If you have plenty of metal cans in your garage, you can use them for various use. For example, you can use metal cans to hold most of your small screws, nails and the like. They can also hold dehumidifying salts for your basement or garage.

Old newspapers

The old newspapers in your garage can be put to great use. First, you could use them as mulch for plants in the garden. Besides, old newspapers can be used to hasten ripening fruits.  Where you have compost in your garden, shredded newspapers can help to alienate the odor.

These are only some tweaks but it’s a good start to achieve an organized garage. Or better yet, make your garage more Livible – your extended closet. Sign-up online, pack your boxes and we handle the rest.

Beat The Clutter – Marie Kondo style

We’ve been pondering over a decluttering craze by a Japanese tidying expert, Marie Kondo. Her take on the topic, briefly, is that everything that has to do with our interests and feelings should be kept in company; these objects may be furniture, utensils, books, gadgets or anything that helps. The rest is clutter and should be taken out immediately.

I want to believe in this for two reasons, the first is obvious, Marie Kondo is not a local Japanese closet organizer, but she’s a renowned guru. The second has to do with happiness and peace – a simple tidying code to help us declutter not only our small spaces but also our lives as a whole. Kondo further adds that maintaining this behavior not only nurtures harmony in you but also the inanimate things in your life; yes, and it means your bed, your spoons and your socks will also live happier.

No matter how civilized we are, if it is a family, it makes a house a “home” with the “homely mess.” Get it? Each of us is still living a disorganized and we all deserve a fair share of the struggle against that never-ending clutter tidying process. Reality check:

  • Suitcases under every bed
  • Photo frames beneath couches
  • Wires in that ‘extra’ drawer
  • Old phones and gadgets plus never-ending cables and wires

We all don’t want to live in a clutter, so why don’t we sort things out? That is solely because we have to seek the motivation to do it. To live as Kondo suggests requires a conviction in a continuing abundance and prosperity that most of us was raised not to have.

Food for thought: “A house is not built in a day; it takes hundreds and thousands of bricks to be put together in months and years.” Do not think about straightening the whole chaos in a day, even if it takes a year, it is still better than stranding, isn’t it? While this is an important tip, it is also important to understand how storage works. If something doesn’t serve its purpose anymore, throw it out. That is what Kondo’s theory teaches us. We don’t have to store things that do not contribute to our happiness anymore. Keep only the things that spark joy in your home. (But if you still have something in between, let Livible help!)

In a nutshell, the two things you have to realize are:

  1. You have to wage a war against the clutter, be slow, but announce the war.
  2. You have to find the courage to throw away that sweater your grandma gifted you on your twelfth birthday; I mean it does not even fit you anymore.

If we have the motivation to start and the courage to let go of things that are not needed, it will automatically clean the muddle. What Kondo made us realize is the possibility of throwing things away, and the knowledge that some people discard belongings more easily than we do. This is liberating. We could clean our closets if we wanted to — and maybe we will — but keeping stuff has fulfillment of its own.

Beat the clutter – Marie Kondo style. Start today.

Only 2 more days of Un-Deck the Halls

2 more days to go and it’s Un-deck the Halls!

We’re down to the last two days of our Un-Deck the Halls promo!
Holiday decorations are the usual item that you should keep in storage in your home for most of the year and ensure that they are still in mint condition next Christmas.

What ends up happening though is that we forget about some festive ornaments and other holiday decorations because we have no idea where we put them, or they’re not something we actually like anymore and don’t want to use again.

That’s how we end up with holiday clutter.

Good thing, if you are still on the last stretch of organizing your Christmas embellishments – and still wondering where you are going to put your tree – you can still Un-Deck the Halls till Jan 31st!

Holiday items you may want to declutter include the following:

  • Christmas ornaments
  • Christmas lights
  • Wreaths and garland
  • Outdoor Christmas decorations
  • Miscellaneous indoor Christmas decorations
  • Wrapping supplies, including paper, bows, ribbon, etc.
  • Gift bags and boxes
  • Artificial Christmas tree (yes, we’ll take your tree, too!)

Ready to Un-Deck the Halls? Here’s a quick video on how on place your first order – in less than 2 minutes!

Declutter Your Home In Just One Click: PSBJ

Ask anyone, especially women, if they have enough closet space and they will almost always say “no.”

That’s particularly true for people living in apartments and condos — a growing segment of the population here in the Puget Sound area. About 10 percent of households use self-storage facilities when they need extra space, but, let’s face it, no one really wants to go to one. And they are expensive, averaging $182 a month. Storrage offers a better option by coming to your door to pick up items you don’t use very often, and safely stores them — items such as decorations, seasonal clothes and shoes, luggage, keepsakes, tools, camping gear, skis and other sports gear. When customers need their items back, they use our free mobile app and we deliver them back to their doorstep, usually the next day.

Excerpted from a feature article published today in the Puget Sound Business Journal. A complete reprint of the article, used with permission, can be viewed here.

Special thanks to our awesome customer Dani for sharing her home and The NOLO for allowing us to take pictures of their amenity-filled building.

Clutter in America

Clutter in America
Clutter in America

I’m not a hoarder, I’m a collector of fine things!

Sparefoot.com just surveyed over 1000 people about how cluttered they are in their homes. The survey results are consistent with other research showing that only about one person in 20 people has a major clutter problem. Less than half of respondents said they didn’t have any clutter at all – something experts found very unlikely given the clutter in America.

Where do you fit in? And if you did live in clutter would you admit it?

None of us wants to a hoarder whose uses 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as their house cleaner so what reasonable things can we do to keep clutter under control? Some of the advice suggests making complete changes to your lifestyle to become a minimalist and being ruthless about discarding seldom used items. That sounds great in theory until you actually start going through the items and find that many are there for a good reason. Then the older you get the more you see treasure boxes and children skipping through the forest when you look at your overflowing boxes. There are some interesting suggestions in the Sparefoot article. Our favorite is that you should discard any item your friends laugh at.