Your son has a knack for hanging on to his possessions long after they are needed. While his desire to avoid making waste is admirable, there also comes a point when his overflow is interfering with your ability to use one of the most important parts of your home. Your garage space is where you should be able to store your car, lawn equipment and other important tools. Unfortunately, all of his leftover furniture and appliances from his last apartment is just taking up vital space that you should be able to use. Now that he's moved into his new home, you can use these tips to organize the clean up process at your house.
Set a Defined Date for the Clean Out
Garage clean outs go best when you set a defined completion date for the project. Grab a calendar and choose a date that is several weeks out so that your son has enough time to get started sorting through his belongings. Then, explain to him that you have set a deadline and remain open to his ideas regarding how long it may take to get done. While you may adjust the date after receiving his input, it should remain firm once you have both agreed upon the final day for the clean out.
Make It a Positive Experience
Your son may be hanging on to so many of his things because he doesn't know what to do with them. Be prepared with suggestions for how he can get rid of items that are still useful. For instance, working appliances could be donated to a local charity, or he could choose to use his extra furniture to set up a game room at his new home.
Offer to Help Him With the Garbage Removal
It is also possible that a large amount of the stuff left in your garage is no longer working or even useful to anyone. For instance, old mattresses and other personal items tend to be difficult to sell, and many charities refuse items such as these. For this reason, you will also want to offer your son with assistance with dealing with the leftover waste. Arranging for professional garbage removal services helps to end the clean out on a good note since no one will be stuck dealing with the unwanted clutter once the usable items are moved out.
Now that your son has moved into a permanent home, there is no reason to continue to use your garage as a storage unit. While it may take a firm stance, you can successfully get him to finish his final move out so that you can finally use your garage space for its intended purpose.