Downsizing your Garage: The Ultimate Guide for Empty Nesters to Declutter and Organise!

As empty nesters, your home might start to feel a bit emptier now that your children have flown the nest. This can be the perfect time to declutter and downsize your home, including your garage. A garage is a place where we tend to store items that we don’t need on a regular basis, but it can quickly become cluttered and disorganised. Here are some tips to help you declutter your garage and create a more functional space as empty nesters.

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  1. Take advantage of your new free time

Now that your children have moved out, you may have more free time to focus on decluttering your garage. Use this newfound time to tackle the project and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Dedicate a few hours each week to decluttering, and you’ll be amazed at how much progress you can make.

  1. Focus on the items you actually use

As an empty nester, you may no longer need to store items that were once used by your children. Take the time to sort through your belongings and focus on the items that you actually use. For example, if you no longer have children living at home, you can donate or sell any sports equipment or toys that you no longer need.

  1. Store items vertically

Using vertical storage solutions like shelves and pegboards can help you maximise the space in your garage. This is particularly important as an empty nester since you may no longer need to store large items like strollers or car seats. Store items vertically and label them to keep your garage organised.

  1. Create zones for different types of items

Creating zones for different types of items can help you quickly find what you need without having to search through a pile of clutter. As an empty nester, you may have more time to focus on hobbies like gardening or woodworking. Create zones for these activities and store the necessary tools and equipment in each zone so they are more accessible.

  1. Get rid of items you no longer need

As an empty nester, you may have accumulated items over the years that you no longer need or use. Take the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of anything that no longer serves a purpose. Consider donating or selling items that are still in good condition.

Decluttering your garage can be a daunting task, but by taking it step by step, you can create a more functional space that meets your needs as empty nesters. Potentially, get the car in and test your spare space for the items that you need. Remember to focus on the items you actually use, use vertical storage solutions, and create zones for different types of items. By decluttering your garage, you’ll be able to enjoy a more organised and efficient space in your home.

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Belinda leaves no stone unturned, in a quest to answer all your downsizing questions and help you overcome the fear and challenges that it so often presents. Belinda and expert contributors covered all aspects of Downsizing with proven tips and strategies for planning a stress-free Downsize so you can feel more positive about your next move. Belinda’s experience and qualifications in this niche property market position her as a leading authority.

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Shifting Your Mindset ($27)

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Empty nesters often find themselves with too much home and things, and not enough time. They may also feel like they need to downsize, but the prospect of packing up a lifetime’s worth of memories can be overwhelming. In order to move forward, it is important you shift your mindset from ‘you’ll never get rid of all this stuff to ‘it’s time’. These online courses will help you sort through the clutter in your home and set aside things that mean a lot – the rest will be given away, sold, upcycled, or discarded. The goal is to create less stress and more organisation, which in turn helps you live more comfortably. 

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Online courses for empty nesters are becoming more and more popular. This type, of course, is great because it allows the person to start and stop whenever they please, which can be especially helpful when you’re working with a busy schedule. The course also teaches you how to move through the decluttering process in a strategic manner and maintain your well-being. We offer experience, tips, and insights on what types of things should go first and which ones can wait, as well as provide strategies for staying focused. Some even include downloadable workbooks that allow you to work at your own pace without having to watch videos or read long blog posts. When it comes to online courses for empty nesters, this one is my favourite. It’s easy to follow and gives you step-by-step instructions on where to begin if you don’t know where to start.

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