Transformation Tuesday #22: Quick Garage Clean-Out

After returning from vacation, I quickly got right back to work to help a friend reorganize her garage. Even though this wasn't an area of the home she spends much time in, she felt like some things just didn't have a home. This was frustrating because she had to see this every time she had to drive somewhere because clutter was always right there.

In less than four hours, we were able to sort through everything from consolidating tools and extra pantry items to the utility shelf, finding a home for the bikes, and clearing out leftover remodel materials.



I personally think people tend to delay garage and storage until clean-outs because there's always something that turns into a chore for disposing or recycling. We came across a number of old paint cans, extra flooring, and tile. My friend had an almost full container of kitty litter so we used that to mix into the paint cans that were less than half full (handy paint disposal guide can be found here). I hauled away the kitchen remodel materials to Ballard Reuse. Everything else was part of a Goodwill donation run. As I mentioned in a previous post, you can outsource some of these trips to the transfer station or Goodwill by using the Dolly app - it's super easy and you can sign up here (and get a discount on your first scheduled Dolly).

And for the before-and-after:


Some quick tips on preventing the pile up of garage clutter:

  • Break down boxes for recycling immediately
  • Consolidate loose screws, nails, anchors, etc. so that they fit in the toolbox
  • Review leftover paint, cleaning agents, and other hazardous items each season to see how often you're using them/determine if you need to dispose of any items

Moving Made Easy!

This sounds too good to be true, right? Most moves involve pulling a hamstring, stubbing a toe, and a lot of anxiety while navigating the stairs with an armload of boxes. On a recent organizing adventure, I worked with a client on a micro move, shuffling their things from one apartment to another, just a few blocks from each other. They were able to move small items with their own vehicle but didn't want to deal with the big, bulky items like the king size bed, flat screen TVs, sofa, and kitchen table. 

My client didn't want to use U-Haul and recruit friends to help move these items down the long apartment hallways, through the freight elevator, and out to the truck. This was the perfect opportunity to try out Dolly, the Move Anything App. They offer a stress-free and affordable way to load, haul and deliver just about anything, whenever you need it. Request a pickup truck and Helper with a few short steps, then relax. Dolly keeps large items off the roof of your car, avoids the physical strain of lifting and helps make moving things easy and fast. 

After downloading the app, I got right to work taking pictures and measurements of the items to upload in the app. I scheduled my Dolly about two weeks in advance and requested an additional Helper so that we wouldn't have to lift a finger. The moment a Helper accepted my Dolly, he messaged me right away introducing himself. I was able to stay in contact with him directly which was super helpful because I needed to adjust the timing of the move slightly. 

The morning of the move, I got an alert that the Helper was en route and received a call when he arrived at the location. He and his assistant were great to work with - friendly, helpful, and efficient! They got the job done in a couple hours (see above, long apartment hallways, waiting for elevators ...) and it was SO worth it! While U-Haul starts at $19.95 + mileage, hiring two Helpers with their own truck ultimately saved us time and money (that we would have spent on paying friends in pizza and beer to help move everything).

Check this out the next time you need move (or are asked to help a friend move), need to do a donation or transfer station run, or pick something up off Craig's List. Save your Saturday and your nails! Download the Dolly app here