5 Tips to a Clean Garage

Has your garage become a storage dump for everything that you don’t want in your house? Does the job seem insurmountable? If so, we are here to help with some valuable tips to help gain back that valuable space!

  1. First, you need to determine how you want to use the garage. Will its main purpose be to store you vehicles? If so, you will need space next to, in front of and behind the vehicle, on all four sides. People should be able to get in and out of the vehicle, safety, from all doors. Storing vehicles in the garage can save thousands in repairs and prolong the life of this valuable asset. . Maybe you prefer to use the space to exercise or as a man cave. In that case, you will want to make sure that you have a safe access to the space to avoid injury from clutter.  Many people use the garage for work projects and require space for work benches and tables. Rolling carts make a great option for tools.
  2. Plan a garage sale within the next month. If you don’t have time to place price tags on individual items, we suggest placing a sign on a dollar store plastic table cloth and grouping all the same priced items together. You can also have one price for similar items such as books, CDs etc.
  3. Sort the items that you wish to donate. Immediately check with your local church, Chamber of Commerce or the internet on the best place to make local donations or for pick up hours, if you are unable to drop off your donation. Immediately throw away all broken items. Contact your city or local waste disposal to find out where to dispose of hazardous items such as chemicals, paints or batteries and larger items like refrigerators or computers. If you have a large throw away pile that will not fit into the bed of a truck, or you are unable to dispose of the items yourself, we recommend you contact a trash bin service that will drop off a container and pick it up when it is full. This is a great option if you need a week or two to declutter.
  4. Have trophies or other mementos that would just break your heart to throw away? If your kids or grandkids don’t want them, why not set up a mini photo shoot using a sheet as a backdrop and take several photos of each item.  Even if the person is not available to be photographed with the item, there are many photo collage apps for your phone that can help. That way, you can get rid of the clutter while retaining the irreplaceable keepsake in photo form. Posting the photo on social media is also a lovely memory to share with your family and friends.
  5. For bikes, sports equipment or larger tools, consider a wall rack, along the interior walls of the garage. Outdoor gardening tools, or pool items might store well in weatherproof storage bins that can be locked when not in season. If you are willing and able to splurge on a garage storage wall system, the hooks and hangers help in keeping valuable floor space free. Pegboard is a great, inexpensive alternative and can be customized for your specific use. If you have exposed area in your ceiling, consider storing items you might need only occasionally.

Additional Tips:

  • Throw away seasonal items at the end of the season if they are broken.
  • Every holiday, donate, throw away or sell items that you no longer want or use.
  • Keep seasonal decorations in see through storage bins with color coded tops;  orange for Thanksgiving, red for Christmas, pink for spring etc.
  • Store flammables or toxic materials in fire proof storage units. They start at around $300 and are worth the expense to keep you and your home safe.
  • Don’t store food in the garage unless it is properly sealed and in animal proof containers.

 

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