If you drive around just about any town or city in St Catharines, Ontario during the spring or summer, you will notice that in the residential areas many people have their garage doors open. When you pass those homes you generally notice a very common theme, and no it isn’t a cool classic car parked inside. It is stuff.

Many people (and you may be one of them) as storage units for all of their stuff. You rarely see a car in a garage anymore, because garages are full of old and unwanted items that are probably forgotten about. They pile up and pile up some more until homeowners are overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin anymore. There are boxes stacked on top of old couches and tables. Television sets that are covered with toys and sporting equipment, and old large appliances that are now filled with odds and ends and it goes on and on and on until this very narrative sounds like a Dr Suess book.

These garages that are filled with stuff are also more than likely homes to unwanted guests, and we don’t mean that strange Uncle Doug who suddenly shows up uninvited during the holidays. No we mean guests like raccoons, mice and rats.

Cleaning out your garage this spring or summer is a great way to take back a room in your home, and add value to your property if you are planning on selling. Even if you don’t plan on parking your car in your garage, you can turn it into something else like a home gym, a mancave, outdoor bar, home office or (gasp) even use it as a……garage.

If you are planning a weekend of finally digging into that garage, you will want to rent a roll-off disposal dumpster. All of that stuff has to be hauled away and you can’t just leave it all on the curb and wait for urban scavengers to take it away. You need to dispose of it and a disposal bin company will take it to a waste management recycling depot so it can be disposed of according to the law.

Sure you might find a few items that you can sell on a local marketplace website, and you may even find an old chair you forgot about that just needs a little creativity and can be upcycled. It’s great if you have a few friends who will help out and work for some cold pops, and when you are done you will feel like you reclaimed a piece of your house back which can now be converted back into……a garage.

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