From old gardening tools, to never used sporting equipment, our garages are apt to become dumping grounds if we don’t keep them in check. So if you’ve been putting off cleaning out yours for months, there’s no better time than a spring weekend to get it under control.
Pick the right day to start
Who wants to be lugging around heavy boxes and scouring away grime when it’s boiling hot outside? Likewise, you’ll need somewhere to sort your stuff, e.g the driveway or backyard, but you won’t be able to if it’s pouring with rain. Choosing the right day or weekend is paramount to you actually completing the job.
Removing & Sorting
Crank up the tunes and ask any spare family members to help you remove every item from the garage until it’s completely empty. Now you can start sorting items into groups, typically: ‘keep’, ‘sell’, ‘donate’, ‘throw away’. This part might take you most of the day, especially if you have a lot of stuff. Ideally this exercise should be done once a year to cull items that are cluttering up garage space.
Once you’ve completed sorting items into groups, then you can focus on the ‘keep’ pile. Organise this into categories for easy storage and access. For example, you might have categories such as gardening equipment, beach accessories, car tools.
If your garage doesn’t have inbuilt storage then investing in a shelving unit, cupboard or plastic storage bins will make the space look a lot tidier and make the floor easier to sweep. Now’s the time to sort this out since the garage is clear of paraphernalia. If you’re using plastic storage bins be sure to label them, so you know what’s in them. This will save you hunting through each one later on.
Creating a tool wall out of pegboard is a good way to lend easy access to tools you use regularly. Alternatively, there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned tool box to keep tools tidy.
If you’ve got a small garage and quite a few bikes, then you’ll know how much room they take up, but you can fix this by using a wall-mounted or freestanding bike rack.
Cleaning Out the Garage
Now comes the most important part of the process – the actual cleaning. This should include: floor sweeping, vacuuming, wiping surfaces, dusting and polishing windows. Be prepared for some spiders and insects to have made your garage their home, so always wear gloves and approach with caution when tackling the darkest cobwebby corners with your vacuum cleaner, you never know what’s lurking in there.
Don’t just start chucking everything back into your clean garage haphazardly, create some order amongst the chaos. Plan designated areas for each of the categories you’ve organised your ‘keep’ pile into. If you store your rubbish bins in your garage, then make them easy access for the person on rubbish duty.