We all know that garages aren’t just for parking a car. Most the time garages become catch-alls for things we don’t use too often or are used outside of the home, like yard equipment, tools, bikes, and cleaning chemicals. But, this doesn’t mean your garage shouldn’t be organized. In fact, with all the stuff we collect and keep in the garage–it needs to be organized! If it’s frustrating to find anything in (or just walk through) your garage, get organized with these 5 garage cleanup tips. Click To Tweet
Get Organized with a Garage Cleanup
If you give yourself a day or two, you can get your garage cleaned up and organized, and make it a clutter-free place to keep your stuff and park your car. If you feel overwhelmed and are unsure where to begin, here are five easy ways to get started with your garage cleanup.
- Make a Plan
- Throw It Out
- Deep Clean
- Add Storage
- Find a Home
1) Make a Plan
You can wind up frustrated and giving up if you venture into your garage cleanup without a plan. Having a plan of action and organization can help you succeed in your garage organization undertaking. Consider what you plan to use your garage space for. Are you an avid gardener? Do you need an area for a workshop to store tools? Keep this in mind so you can create an organized and functional garage
2) Throw It Out
Be honest to yourself and if you haven’t used something in a year–throw it out. It is only taking up space and collecting dust. You can also consider itemizing things to store them into “regularly used”, “annually used”, and “sentimental storage” areas so you can access them only when and if needed.
3) Deep Clean
Now that you have made your plan and thrown away unneeded items, give your garage a deep cleaning. Start at the back of the garage and clean outwards. Wash the garage door and floor, and if needed, spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint. Check light fixtures, and give the entire garage a good wipedown.
4) Add Storage
If you don’t already have garage storage in place, it is a good idea to add some. Pegboards, vertical shelving, and ceiling storage are all great options for getting your garage organized. Don’t forget to add an area for your recycling bins and bicycles, too!
5) Find a Home
With your new added storage, it’s time to find a home for all your things. Remember to itemize and keep things together that go together. Create sections in your garage for various things and then label boxes, bins, and anything else that is helping keep it all organized. Create a section for pool stuff, kids sports equipment, workshop tools, and gardening.
ProTip: To get and keep your garage organized, create homes for everything and make sure to always return your stuff where it belongs.
Keep Your Garage Clean and Organized
Once you get through the initial garage cleanup, it’s easy to keep your garage organized. Make sure everyone in the family knows where everything is and make sure they know they are a part of keeping the garage organized and clean. Keep up on scheduled cleaning of your garage every few months so it doesn’t get out of hand again.
Contact us to learn more ways to tidy up your garage and get organized.