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Spring Cleaning: Your Garage

Spring Cleaning: Your Garage

One of the most underrated spring cleaning spots is the garage, although my husband may beg to differ. It can be a daunting task organizing all that holiday decor and filing through the boxes of recycling, but with a strategic approach, you can turn your garage into a functional and clutter-free space. Check out our step-by-step guide to get started.

  1. Give Yourself Time: Depending on the state of your garage, organizing it may take several hours or even days but it can be done! Dedicate a weekend or a series of evenings to tackle the project without feeling rushed. I also find it helpful to let a friend know when you are planning to do this so that they can help hold you accountable for your time.
  2. Declutter: Begin by removing EVERYTHING from the garage, yes everything! This allows you to be able to see what you are working with in order to categorize everything. Sort items by use is a great place to start. This includes: tools, sports equipment, gardening supplies, seasonal decorations, etc. As you go through each item, decide whether to keep, donate, sell, or discard it. Don’t be afraid to get rid of items you no longer need or use.
  3. Clean and Repair: Once the garage is empty, take the opportunity to clean the floors, walls, and shelves. Repair any damaged or broken items, such as shelves, hooks, or cabinets. Giving the space a good cleaning can make it feel like a new room already. This can also be a time to paint if that has been on your to-do list.
  4. Create Zones: Determine specific zones within the garage for different categories of items based on frequency of use and accessibility. Common zones include a workspace area, sports equipment area, gardening corner, and seasonal storage area.
  5. Invest in Storage Solutions and Use Wall Space: Choose storage solutions that maximize vertical space and keep items off the floor to free up space for vehicles or walking. Consider installing shelving units, pegboards, cabinets, overhead storage racks, and wall-mounted hooks or baskets.
  6. Label and Group Items: Clearly label storage bins, boxes, and shelves to easily locate items when needed. Group similar items together, such as all automotive supplies, gardening tools, or holiday decorations.
  7. Create a Plan: A well thought out maintenance plan can help prevent the garage from becoming cluttered again. Regularly revisit and declutter the space, putting items back in their designated spots after use.
  8. Keep it Safe: Ensure that hazardous materials such as chemicals, pesticides, or sharp tools are stored securely out of reach of children and pets. Install proper lighting and ventilation to enhance safety and visibility in the garage.
  9. Prioritize Accessibility: Store frequently used items within easy reach and less frequently used items higher up or towards the back of shelves or cabinets. This makes it easier to access items when needed and helps maintain organization over time.

By following these steps and staying consistent with maintenance, you can transform your garage into a well-organized and functional space that meets your needs. Come back for more step by step instructions of how to keep your home functioning at its best.

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