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Tips for Decluttering Your Shed

Tips for Decluttering Your Shed

Posted by on July 8, 2019
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Many people use their sheds to store tools and other items for which they have no room in their homes. Some may even organize their sheds when they have some free time, only to toss tools, obsolete bicycles, and unused garden supplies back into their sheds after some time has passed. If you fall into the latter category, then you are not alone, as it can be very difficult to keep one’s home and shed organized and clutter free when there is so much work to be done on a daily basis.

Here, we provide some quick and easy tips that can help you declutter your shed for good, and why not use a junk removal service to take care of all that unwanted junk for you while you’re at it?

Break it Down

Most cleaning experts agree that the best way to tackle exterior cleaning projects is to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Given how busy many people are, it can be hard, or near impossible, to try and clean and organize an entire shed in one day. As such, we would suggest that you set aside 15 to 30 minutes per cleaning session.

For instance, you can dedicate 15 minutes per day, say, after dinner, to organize and declutter your shed. A little work per day will add up quickly over the course of a week or several weeks. You may not have 15 to 30 minutes available per day to clean, but getting into a daily routine can help accelerate the decluttering process so that you can move onto other more important things.

Save Money

There are many benefits to keeping a clean and clutter-free shed. In addition to being easy to get in and out and find the tools or supplies that you need to work, you can also save money by keeping a cleaning shed. That is, if your shed is a complete mess, then you may not be able to find, say, a garden chair or spade cushion that you need. You may then forget that you even had one to begin with, causing you to purchase a new one.

Moreover, you may even save on your auto insurance by keeping an organized shed. For instance, if you were to keep your shed organized, then you may have enough space to park your car in it, which may save you some money on your car insurance.

How to Get Rid of Unwanted Items in Your Shed

One of the reasons why people are hesitant to tackle a big project like completely decluttering a shed is because they may not know what to do with all of their unwanted junk. That is, it is one thing to remove items from a shed and a whole other venture in terms of figuring out how to get rid of unwanted junk.

For instance, you may not be able to simply throw some items in the trash because it may be illegal to do so. Failure to adhere to municipal bylaws can lead to hefty fines in some jurisdictions, so you may need to do some research in order to find out what you can and cannot throw into the trash in your neighborhood.

However, a fairly easy way to get rid of unwanted items in your shed is to pass them on. For instance, if you used to garden, or have gardening supplies, such as garden tools or plant pots that you no longer have any use for, then you can donate them to a local community centre. Many residential homes may also benefit from your old gardening supplies, and most voluntary gardening groups in the area will be more than happy to take your old gardening items off your hands.

Using the Internet for Good

Facebook also has donation groups that accept many different used or damaged items, including, but not limited to, lawnmowers, tiles, wheelbarrows, carpets, and building materials. There are also many recycling websites that may accept many different items as well, including parts that can be salvaged for scraps or repurposed to make household appliances.

In fact, you can even donate your old bicycles or those of your children, who have outgrown them, to local charitable organizations. Some, such as re-cycle.org, actually accept old and damaged bicycles and recondition them so that they can be used by children and adults in Africa to go to school or work. Many children in Africa spend upwards of 2 hours a day walking to school in harsh conditions, so your old bike may actually help a child in a third world country get a chance at a better life.

However, while many of your old belongings can be donated, there are some that are dangerous, and will need to be disposed of in a safe and ethical manner to avoid damaging the environment. If in doubt, we would suggest that you contact your local refuse department to learn how to safely dispose of your motor oil, weedkiller, and other noxious chemicals.

Have a Garage Sale

On a side note, if you want to get rid of certain items, and also make a quick dollar or two in the process, then why not have a garage sale? Summer is finally here, so why not catch some rays and make a few bucks while also helping getting rid of some unwanted clutter in your shed?

If you are in need of hassle-free junk removal and disposal services, then please visit our website or give us a call at 416-733-2467. At Red Bins, we will come to your home and remove any unwanted furniture, appliances, electronics, clothing, yard waste, and more, via our hassle-free disposal services.