Spring brings a much needed and welcome break from the cold and bleak winter months. Along with all of the facets of spring that people are looking forward to, there is one that everyone tends to dread: the age-old tradition of spring cleaning.
One area of the house that usually needs to be cleared out is the garage. Spring cleaning is never fun but fret not, we are here to help!
Below you will find some great tips that will not only make your annual garage clutter purge as smooth and painless as possible, but help you put processes in place to help keep you organized throughout the year.
One of the most challenging things about clearing out the mess of a garage is actually getting started to begin with! Its essential to set aside an upcoming day or weekend to tackle the task in full, and it also gives you time to wrangle a few extra helping hands (although you might need to sweeten the deal with promise of a couple pizzas!). Trying to get your garage cleanup done piecemeal will only ensure a drawn out, labored chore.
Clear a Path for Garage Organization
When you have a clear path to the garage door, you will be able to get in and out with ease. This is especially important if you have kids or pets who are unfamiliar with navigating your garage.
Keeping a clear path from the garage door to your car means that it’s easy for everyone in your family to pull out of the garage without worrying about someone getting squashed by another vehicle or tripping over something on their way out.
Separate Items for Donation and Disposal
Surely not every item cluttering your garage will be hauled out with the trash, but there will most likely be items taking up space that you no longer have any use for. Clearing out your garage is a great opportunity to separate those items and donate them to worthy charities.
For the stuff you are going to throw away, it might be a good idea to contact a local junk hauler for assistance if you are expecting to have more waste than can fit in your average trash bins. A junk hauler can help take all your refuse out in one shot and ensure it gets discarded properly.
Take Full Advantage of Your Walls
Storage options in your garage do not have to be limited to bins and shelves. You can get a lot of those tool and other objects off the floor and onto the wall for a much-needed boost in floor space. While there are plenty of options for organizational systems for your wall, we are quite partial to our pegboard kits! Our pegboards and hooks are not only built to handle the heaviest and bulkiest tools and items, but last so you wont have to repeat the process next year.
Give Your Garage Floor a Deep Clean
As you clear out clutter and shift boxes around, you might start noticing excess dirt, dust, stains and other grime that when unnoticed. Before putting items back in their proper place, it’s a perfect opportunity to deal with all that dirt. Sweep up as much loose debris as you can before tackling the tougher stains with a degreaser. You will want to make sure to pay close attention to the corners of your garage or areas were boxes and clutter sat for a long time.
Spring Cleaning Enables an Organized Garage
You can make your garage organized and functional.
There are a lot of ways to organize the items in your garage, but the most important thing is that you have a place for everything and keep it organized so that you can find things easily when you need them.
You should use pegboard, shelves and hooks to store items, as they are easy to install and remove. A shelving unit is also helpful if you have large items or many small ones like tools, sports equipment and gardening supplies. A bin or basket placed on top of the shelving unit will help keep smaller items from falling off during transport or when someone bumps into them by accident.