The first day of summer is just a few days away, and you’re likely thinking about cooking out, catching some rays, splashing in a pool and just enjoying the season. But, like it or not, summer is also a great time to tackle some projects around your home. I’m willing to bet that your garage became a little cluttered and dirty throughout the winter months, so how about sprucing up that space while the weather is nice? I can’t promise that cleaning out your garage will ever be fun, but here are five tips that should help to at least make it easier!
1. Utilize All Available Space
Between lawn care equipment, sporting goods, tools and other miscellaneous stuff, your garage can fill up quickly. But, you don’t need to store everything on a shelf or on the floor! Be creative and utilize all of the available space in your garage. Purchase some wall hooks to store shovels and brooms along the wall, and install a few ceiling hooks in order to hang bicycles and save some space. You can also pick up some different shelving units and cabinets to take full advantage of the vertical space.
2. Clean, Sweep and Scrub
When organizing your garage, it helps to completely empty the area and then put things back in a logical order. And, since you’re emptying out the garage anyway, it’s the perfect time to give everything a good scrubbing! When taking items out of the garage, wipe them down to remove any dirt, grime and cobwebs. Once you have everything emptied from the garage, sweep and even hose down the floor to eliminate crud and salt stains. When you put everything back, your whole garage will sparkle!
3. Prepare Winter Equipment
If you haven’t already, it’s time to make sure that your winter equipment is ready to sit unused throughout the summer months. Make sure you’ve run all of the gas out of your snowblower, and quickly wipe it down with a rag to prevent any rusting or stains. Also, hose down your snow shovels so that they’re prepped and ready when the snow starts to fly again! You probably don’t even want to think about that now, but it’s definitely worth doing.
4. Organize Smart
As with anything, you want to make sure that you’re grouping similar items together. So, all of your lawn care items should be near each other and all of the kids’ outdoor equipment should be stored on an easily accessible rack. However, you also need to keep the space limitations of your garage in mind. Make sure that you’ll still have room to open the car doors and get out. And, ensure that anything you use frequently is in a relatively easy to reach spot. Putting things away is one thing. But, putting them away in a manner that makes things simple for you is even better!
5. Eliminate Junk
Since you don’t actually live in your garage space, it’s an extremely easy place to collect a bunch of junk. You know, that broken bike pump, cracked watering can and an old pair of rollerblades that no longer fit anyone. Place a focus on eliminating all of the junk from your garage while cleaning. Things that are broken or haven’t been used in the past year should be tossed or donated!
There’s no sugarcoating it — cleaning out your garage can be a pain. But, keep these tips in mind to make achieving a spotless, organized garage a relatively simple project!
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