Visualize the Possibilities
"Imagine what the space will look like when it's cleaned out and how nice it will feel to drive into it each time you come home," Smallin suggests. "Hold this image in your head to inspire you."
Take Everything Out
Decide What You Want To Keep
Find New Homes for Old Stuff
Assess Your Storage Needs
An empty garage lets you see whether you have enough shelving, boxes, and cabinets to neatly store the items you're keeping. A quick trip to a local home improvement store can fill in any gaps. "It's good to get things up off the floor," Smallin says. "Be sure to take advantage of wall space."
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Create Stations for the Things You'll Keep
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