Yard sale season is upon us, and what better way to save up for that vacation you’re planning than to clean up the garage and make some money doing it. It seems that every winter, most of us pull whatever odds and ends we have inside the garage to forget about them for a few months. When thinking about the best way to optimize your garage storage, you should begin by deciding what you want to keep and what you could do without. Random furniture, yard equipment and household items are commonly collecting dust in our garage when they could be of use to someone else. Getting these things out of your garage is the beginning to realizing your garage’s potential.Before you arbitrarily throw your things out in the yard and announce your sale, try going to a couple to get an idea of how to organize your items. This is also a good way to gauge your pricing, and you might even find something you like. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough to have a yard sale by yourself, inviting your neighbors or friends to join is a good way to get the word out and make it a fun event. You could even plan a cookout afterwards to celebrate a productive and profitable day.If you happen to have a few things left over from your yard sale, or for whatever reason can’t have one, donating your things is a great alternative. The Salvation Army and Goodwill are great charitable places that will happily take your donations and make good use of them. You can usually write these types of donations off on your taxes.Getting the word out about your yard sale doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. In addition to the traditional way of posting fliers throughout the neighborhood, there are a number of websites that let you post your yard sale for free! Reaching out at community centers and local places of business can also be helpful.It’s no secret that cleaning out the garage can be a daunting task, but usually getting started is the hardest part. Optimizing your garage storage however, can really turn a seldom visited room into a functional workshop. Sometimes a little motivation can go a long way. So brew some coffee, turn on some tunes, and get going!