Garage Organization Tips for a Summer Cleaning Session
Cleaning your garage is probably still hanging out on your to-do list having missed it in your great spring-cleaning project. It's not too late to tackle it and the good news is that this is a project you only need to undertake twice per year.
How nice would it be to drive into your garage and have space to open your car door easily? Or to go in the garage and find exactly what you need. With our garage organization tips, you can make the process easier and get your space cleaned and organized in no time.
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Plan Your Space
First, create a plan of attack by grouping like items together. This will help you determine what storage solutions will work best for each category. Plan this for a sunny day where you can empty out the garage completely and organize things into neat little piles.
Ask yourself what items you use most often and where would they be easiest to access?
Edit Your Belongings
Once everything is out in the open, it's time to edit your belongings. This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of anything you no longer need or use. Organize your piles into trash piles and donate piles. Only put back what you know you will use in the next year.
You'll know what those items are by asking yourself if you've used them at least once in the last year. Don't be a hoarder, let go of the things that are taking over your garage. Dispose of or donate anything you no longer need.
Set Aside Time for a Good, Thorough Cleaning
Now that everything is out of the garage it's the best time to go in and deep clean. You'll need to set aside some time for sweeping, dusting, and cleaning off any shelves or surfaces. Start at the top and finish with a washing of the floors.
Don't forget to clean your tools as you go! A pressure washer is a great way to clean larger items like bikes.
Invest in Good Storage Solutions
Once you've decluttered your space, it's time to invest in some good storage solutions. This will make all the difference in keeping your garage organized long-term. There are tons of great options available depending on your needs and budget.
Make use of all the vertical space in your garage by installing shelves high up on the walls. If you have room, consider adding a workbench or pegboard to help keep your tools organized. For seasonal items, invest in some good storage containers that can be kept on high shelves or in the rafters.
Be sure to label everything! This will help you stay organized and put things back in their proper place. You can find labels and a label maker at any office supply store.
Put It All Back
Now that you've decluttered, cleaned, and organized everything, it's time to put it all back. Be sure to put items back in their proper place and make use of your new storage solutions.
Maintain Your Garage
The key to a successful garage organization is maintenance. Once you've got everything in its place, be sure to put things back where they belong after each use. Did you notice anything that needs a workman to come in and fix?
How is the garage door holding up? Check that all the lighting is working and is still suitable for your needs. Now is also a good time to install any additional security measures and tech toys you've had your eye on.
A little effort each time will go a long way in keeping your garage clean and organized.
Schedule a Yearly Check-In
Set aside some time each year to go through your garage and check if anything needs to be updated or changed. This will help you stay on top of any necessary repairs and ensure that your space is still working for you.
Larger Issues to Look For
Often your garage is neglected as a part of your home that needs maintaining but it can lead to issues if ignored for long. Check for cracks in the foundation or any movement in the structure. If you have a wood garage door, check for rot or any water damage.
Check the weatherstripping on your garage door and make sure there are no gaps. These can let in unwanted critters or let your energy escape. Seal any air gaps with caulk or weatherstripping.
Check the seals between your garage and the rest of your home for any air gaps. Be sure to also check your gutters and make sure they are draining properly away from the garage. All of these things can be easily fixed with a little effort and will help to prolong the life of your garage.
Make Garage Organization Easy
There are many benefits to having an organized garage. Not only will it be easier to find things, but your garage will also be a safer place to work. An organized garage will also help you keep your car in better shape by protecting it from the elements.
Checking in on your garage twice per year means you can spot any potential problems early on and nip them in the bud. This will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. Once you're one with your garage organization, you'll have lots of junk to take away.
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