Let's Declutter the Garage

Let's Declutter the Garage
If you’re sick of tripping over old appliances and knocking down stacks of paint cans, perhaps it’s time to clean out your garage and ‘give it a Marie Kondo’. In this article, we are looking at ways to get rid of things you don’t need by disposing of them responsibly or by creatively giving them a new lease of life. Read on for tips and ideas.

New Life

Save small amounts of paint to keep on hand for touch-ups. Decant paint into glass jars for storage - much easier to store and organise than large cans. Don’t forget to label the upcycled container with details about the paint - colour, brand and type.

When there are dregs in the bottom of the can that are too little to bother saving and too great to simply leave to dry out, how about these creative uses for the remainder: breathe new life into an old chair / picture frame / set of drawers with a lick of paint; colour-code the storage jars in your pantry; paint terracotta plant pots to make them look special; waterproof the inside of terracotta pots with a few coats of polyurethane.

End of Life

Once paint cans are empty, leave lids off to dry the residue paint then recycle the dried, empty cans at paint stores (look up your local stores and give them a call to check whether they provide this service).



New Life

Old tyres are a blight on the landscape and a pollutant in waterways. With a bit of imagination, a tyre that no longer serves your vehicle can serve you in many ways for years to come!

Plant potatoes: stack two tyres, add a layer of straw, then add seed potatoes, fill with soil and keep piling the soil on as the plant grows, adding more tyres if necessary - please note that if you are concerned about leaching of chemicals from the tyres, place a lining between the tyre and the soil.

Use old tyres to make a coffee table that doubles as a gaming controller station.

Wind twine, rope or cord around a tyre to create an attractive and durable ottoman.

Make a classic Kiwi tyre swing that will outlast the rope it hangs from.

End of Life

Take old tyres to a designated tyre recycling spot, they will be shredded and shipped offshore for use.


Need to go the full monty on your garage revamp


Sell at a scrap metal yard for real cash money! You might only get a few dollars but it would cost you money to dispose at the tip.


New Life

Plastic containers that have lost their lid can be repurposed into a corral for bottles or packets in a cupboard, for oily items in the fridge, for the kids’ paint and brushes, the many bottles in the bathroom, a caddy for seed packets, storage of odd-shaped items in the garage.

Lids that have lost their container can be used as plant pot saucers, artist’s paint palettes (peel off old paint once dry and re-use), pet dish trays and anywhere you want to protect a surface from mess or dampness.

End of Life

Check the bottom of containers to see which can go into your kerbside recycling bin.

Soft plastics should be clean and dry before depositing at designated collection bins.


Once you've created some space, here are our suggestions for garage storage solutions.


Old toys have a habit of piling up quickly as children grow out of them. One of the best ways to rid your home of toy clutter is to pass the toys on to other children, whether it’s through a charity, op shop or simply handed down to friends and cousins. However, there’s more to donating old toys than just stuffing them in a bag and dropping them off at a thrift shop. Tell kids that the toys are going to a new home and let them be involved with checking the toys and ensuring they are clean and in good working order. 

With the popularity of community pages on social media comes opportunities to give to people in your area - try offering unused toys on your local Facebook page for example.


Old printers, mobile phones, outdated PCs and electronic toys shouldn’t go into your kerbside bin. Take them to a recycling depot where their parts will be stripped for re-use and the rest disposed of correctly.


If batteries are tossed out with your kerbside rubbish or recycling, the hazardous substances they contain could cause a fire in the collection truck or the recycling plant. If they end up in the landfill, these substances may leak out and into surrounding soil and ground water.

All types of household batteries should be taken to a hazardous waste collection site – typically located at your council’s transfer station or landfill – or to a battery recycling scheme.


In case you weren’t aware, the clothing placed into collection bins is not usually distributed to be worn again, it is generally shredded for multiple uses. If you have unused clothing that is in great condition, try these options:

• Take it to your local charity store • Sell it online (bulk lots can make this process easier though you may not get as much return as you would as one-offs) • Take it to stores that sell the clothes on your behalf and give you a portion of the sale, usually fifty per cent of the profits.

Jeans are a commonly-worn item and the dying process for denim is particularly destructive to the environment. Try giving that denim more longevity by cutting off old jeans into shorts or upcycling with one of the many tutorials available online.

Now that your garage looks great on the inside, how about getting the outside shipshape?

When it comes to garage doors, you can rely on Garador for specialised service, quality products and technology that keeps your home and your family safe year in and year out. Get in touch if you’re ready to step up your garage door game.

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