Keeping your garage tidy may seem a small thing, but it will keep your cars, appliances and expensive tools protected from premature wear and aging. Additionally, cleaning spills and labeling chemical containers will keep you and your family safe.
Start by emptying your garage of everything in it. Park your car on the street and lay all of your belongings in the driveway. This will quickly remind you of just how much stuff you’ve stashed away over time. When setting things in the driveway, designate an area for yard sale items. These won’t return to the garage, but will be sold off the next morning, instead. You’re also sure to build quite a trash/junk pile to be disposed of.
With the garage empty, begin with a broom to sweep all surfaces, including the ceiling and walls, knocking out cobwebs and insect nests. Attack stinging insects from a safe distance and a good can of the appropriate poison. Next, use a leaf blower or a wide push broom to sweep away debris from the floor. Pay particular attention to cleaning out any grooves in the cement floor pad. Use clay cat litter to soak up spills and a water hose to get stubborn items off the ground. Now is the perfect time to paint the walls as needed.
If you have refrigerators, freezers or other appliances staying in place, clean them out and make any necessary repairs. Allow any rinse water or paint to dry as you review the items in your driveway and where they will be stowed. Utilize large hooks, shelves, and baskets to create an organized way to store items off the floor as much as possible. If you have trouble parking your car in the garage without bumping into things, take this opportunity to hang a tennis ball from the ceiling so that it hits your windshield when you’re parked in the right spot.
Clean all tools, mowers, yard trimmers and so on before returning them to the garage. Clean and inspect all extension cords, as well, replacing any questionable pieces. Remember when placing items in the garage to think of when and how they will be removed and used so that you don’t block them in. Typically, you can move summer items to the back in Fall and rotate them back to the front in Spring.
With everything in place and your car returned to its normal spot, you’ll be left with two piles of things not returned to the garage. Collect and dispose of your junk pile properly, and then ready your yard sale items for the next morning. Be willing to sell everything for pennies, if necessary, so that you won’t have to find room for it in your newly cleaned garage.
Keeping your garage clean twice a year takes less than a day, but will increase your enjoyment of everything in it, as well as the safety of your home. As a bonus, the items you sell may bring in enough to pay for any chemicals or paint you used in the cleaning process. Here’s to a tidy room for your best four-wheeled friend.