I'm not a hoarder, if you judge me against the colorful characters featured on A&E's Hoarders. But I do have clutter issues. When you have one car and a two-car garage but your mode of transportation is always parked in the driveway, there’s a problem.
But as I recently discovered, it isn't easy to clean out a garage with a lifetime of accumulation, filled with everything from unnecessary cribs to a broken push lawn mower and dusty computer equipment. You can't just grab a broom and begin sweeping.
It's a process that can easily cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you hire a professional. If you’re intent on doing the job yourself, you’re looking at giving up a whole lot of time — and you know what they say about time and money.
"Cleaning out the garage is a spring cleaning ritual when millions of people see all the junk they've bought over the years," says Paul Golden, president of the National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit dedicated to educating Americans about personal finance. “For many of these products, impulse spending was the main culprit.”
Fortunately, cleaning your garage is a little easier than it was for your parents and grandparents. Franchise businesses have popped up with the sole mission of helping people with the task and there are even apps that can offer an assist.
If you’re gearing up to tackle spring cleaning for your garage, here’s my guide to three alternative strategies, with the pros, cons and bottom line of each...
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