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April 2024 Newsletter


We are on an annual declutter this month.  Last month we got through the laundry room, April is the Garage!  A lot of folks have asked about this one, so here it is!

 

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The garage is a full weekend for most, so grab all the family to help, they will all benefit, and add in some pizza dinner or ice cream sundae night after for a reward!

The garage can feel like a big task, but it has huge rewards.  It’s not as much of a 15 minute a day task, but you can work on sections.  My preferred method, pick a nice day, and empty that baby OUT onto the driveway.  That’s right, all of it.  Do a good cleaning and then you are ready to put things back.  Have storage bins, hooks, racks etc at the ready to install and use to save time from stopping and running to the store! You can always return what you don’t use or need. 

The driveway will be full, so as you unload the garage, try to put like items together, for example all the sports equipment, any yard tools or materials, maybe you store extra food in the garage or seldom used kitchen items.  When you sort it, you see how much space you need, then moving it back in is easy. 

Some general rules:
·       Keep the floor clear around cars.  High shelving on the sides, a few inches higher that the top of your car door is ideal.  This prevents having to shimmy in and out of your car, dinging the door, and easier access.  I shoot for 65” but measure your car door to be sure. 
·       Ceiling storage racks are very handy, and hold a lot of things out of the way in otherwise un-used space.  Check the height of your vehicles too, to prevent a mishap!
·       Floor to ceiling shelving on the back wall of the garage is best, try to make the most of your vertical storage to maximize the space.
·       If you have a freezer or refrigerator, make use of the space above by adding shelves or storing sturdy totes on top.

Once it is empty and clean, create zones, add shelving or ceiling racks. Since you have put like items together in the driveway, you will have a visual of how much space each zone needs. Keep like things together and get rid of the stuff you are not keeping ASAP.  If a garage sale is on your radar, box up those things and designate a zone for them.

If you use rolling shelves (I love those) be sure that they are secured to the wall with an anti tip bracket!  Any opaque bins you use, be sure to label so everyone knows what is inside!
Keep in mind some of the other things we have in our garages.  We have freezers and an extra refrigerator in ours, and they need decluttering too.  Sometimes defrosting. I often get rid of freezer burned food on Buy Nothing, it’s a little harder to coordinate, but many folks have animals that will love to eat some freezer burned foods.

Make sure all family members participate if possible.  At a minimum, make sure everyone knows what goes where, this is where labelling or even a small sign helps. 

Have a topic idea? Area of struggle? A fun tip? Send it in and I may make it the topic of the month. Email me at hello@judygranleegates.com


 

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Grab the Garage Tip Sheet with some of my favorite garage organization tools!







 

News & Upcoming Events



Last week my episode went live on the Tiny Home Lifestyle Podcast. Ethan Waldman is an OG of the tiny home movement.  While I am not sure I could live in one long term, I sure am fascinated by them and trying to convince my homebuilding-partner-husband we should build one! 




I’ll be speaking at Sherwood Village in Sequim on June 19th at 2 pm and it’s open to the public.  If you are nearby, I hope you will come say hello and see their beautiful facility!

Follow my Declutter and Resize private Facebook group and Instagram to stay in the loop.



 

Other Stuff


Do you have a group or event that would like to hear about decluttering, living smaller, or parting with sentimental items? Let me know, I love to speak to people about all things decluttering and resizing!


Are you in a book club? I would love to do a virtual book club over 4 weeks with you, just get in touch.

If you have read the book and want to leave a review Here are the links. This is the biggest compliment you can give an indie author! You can leave reviews at; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads

And lastly, if you need a copy of my book, grab one here. Do you know I have sold hundreds and hundreds of books and only 10% of readers have left a review?  Please, this helps an author so much, leave a review, long or short. Reviews push me up to where folks can see my book!  Just a simple comment helps, “loved this book”  “So much good info”.  It needn’t be wordy!

 


Until next month, thanks for the support and keep it COZY!
xo
Judy



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