The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everything seems brand new. Everything, that is, except that cluttered garage of yours. The task of cleaning and organizing your garage can seem daunting, but with the tips and hints below, you can streamline the process and have usable space in your garage once again.
Get rid of the garbage
One of the first things you’ll want to do is ditch the garbage. During the winter months, it’s easy to let things accumulate that you will deal with “later.” Well, it’s later, so it’s time to deal with it. All of the recyclables that you’ve dumped in the garage need to be taken to the recycling center (or to the curb if you have curbside recycling), and the trash needs to be purged and taken out.
Get rid of the “stuff”
You know the stuff we’re talking about here…the rakes from last fall, the snow shovels you’ve used all winter, the random hats and gloves that have somehow managed to call your garage home. It’s time to put those things in their place and get them out of the garage—and out of your way. It’s OK to store things in your garage, just make sure you have a place to actually store items. You don’t want your garage to become a burial ground of things that have no other home. Let’s face it—if you haven’t used an item in the last year or so, you’re probably not going to. Keeping it in the garage won’t make an item become more useful. It can, however, make the item become invisible clutter that takes up space and prevents your garage from being a usable area of your home. Make a conscious decision about each item—either put it away, throw it away or give it away.
Make a plan for storage
You know how you try to keep like items together in your pantry? Spices with spices, baking items with baking items, cereal with cereal? Think this way about your garage as well. Put less often used items in an out of the way space—for example, holiday items can be stored in the rafters. You may need to purchase some items to make storage easier. If you let things sit on the floor, they will have a tendency to work their way across the floor—and you’ll eventually have nowhere to park your car! Buy stack-able storage bins or cabinets that you can use to organize smaller items. This makes it much easier to organize garage clutter. You’ll be able to not only keep things out of your way, but also make items easier to find when you need them. If you know that all of your car care items are together on the third shelf of your cabinet, it will make it much easier to wash your car. If you don’t have to spend a half hour finding the items you need for a project before you begin, you’ll find that the time you spent organizing your garage will save you time later and be well worth it.
Garages have a way of getting very dirty while we are busy living our lives. As you get everything stored and organized, it will be much easier to clean your garage. Get out the broom and give the floor a good sweep while the vehicles are still out of the garage. If you have spills of random liquids, etc., now is the time to get them cleaned up. For many of us, we walk directly from our garage into our homes. Cleaning up oil and other dirt not only makes our garage look more inviting, but it also keeps the mess out of our homes, giving us less to clean there as well.
Once your garage has been cleaned and organized, try to keep it that way. Spend a little time one weekend each month corralling the accumulating clutter and cleaning up any messes. A few minutes here and there will prevent you from having to do the entire garage overhaul again later on.
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