This precious space gets lost when it turns into a storage unit rather than a place to protect your car or perform a hobby.
Cleaning out the garage is a task that always gets delayed for another day, but with this guide, you will be prepared and motivated to get started today.
Read on for several expert tips on removing, decluttering, and organizing the things in your garage.
Take Everything Out
You can’t start decluttering the garage unless you have a clean slate. That is why you must take everything out of the garage first.
But, be prepared before you start throwing junk on your lawn.
Move your car out of the driveway to make some space. Lie down some tarps on the grass to keep valuables from getting dirty and small objects from getting lost in the grass.
Get someone to help you with this process as it can take time and can be exhausting to move everything yourself.
Once you have everything out of your garage, you can finally see how big the space is and imagine your dream garage.
Clean the Space
Now it time to ask yourself, “how to clean my garage,” since you’ve probably haven’t cleaned since you moved in. A garage usually has concrete floors and unfinished walls. So, dust will move easily to the corners and beams of the wall.
Use a vacuum or shop vac to clean areas that have been buried for years under boxes. Go along the wall to collect spider webs and dust bunnies. You can take a wet cloth over the garage door and any fixtures, appliances, or cabinets.
Do a quick sweep of the whole floor with a broom to collect any loosened dust.
Look to see if the floors have any stains or wet spots from old paint spills or water leaks. Oil and paint stains can be removed with some cat litter, a wire scrub brush, and some dish soap.
Once you get the dust out and cleaned the trouble areas, get a mop to clean the entire floor.
Let the room air dry or use a fan until completely dry.
Sort Through and Categorize
After using the above tips to clean the garage, it is time to sort the piles on the lawn. You can do this while the floor is drying.
Get boxes, trash bags, and maybe even a dumpster to start determining which things can be tossed, donated, moved back in the garage, or relocated to inside the house.
Label the boxes clearly so there is no confusion in the middle of your work or if you take a break. You don’t want you or someone else mistaking your “keep” box as trash.
Sometimes determining what items to keep can be tricky. You might think you need something, but if it has been sitting in the garage unused then you might not need it as much as you think.
Ask yourself when the last time you used the item. If it is never, then ask if it is in good condition. If so, then you can donate it.
If you use the item only seasonally then it can be placed in the garage. Items that are used more often might be better off in your home.
Certain things like old decorations will probably go into the trash bag or dumpster. But, do keep in might anything that could be recycled or reused.
Depending on how big your garage is, you might have an old vehicle that you would like to get rid of. You can scrap your car if it isn’t in working order, donate it to a charity, or get it fixed up to sell it.
Add Organizational Structures
Now that you have finished cleaning the garage and decided what to keep, it is time to visualize a new type of space.
You do not want to end up with piles of unused possessions and a dysfunctional space after all your hard work. So, think about where you want to put your items back in the garage.
When thinking, “how to organize my garage,” consider accessibility by adding hooks, cabinets, racks, and storage containers. These structures will make it easy to see the objects in your garage and help you get to them.
To declutter your house further, organize items according to how often they are used and what for.
Decorations can go in the back in storage containers. Seasonal items can go on designated shelves. And every day or weekly supplies can go closer to the door on hooks.
Don’t forget to think about functionality too. Do you want to use your garage as a workshop? Then add a countertop and a stool to a workbench.
Do you love to garden? Then keep an area saved for your gardening equipment and a small nursery.
Your space can also serve as an extra room for food storage. Add a freezer near the door for quick access.
With fewer things in your garage now, you can use it for practically anything.
Cleaning out the Garage for the Last Time
Cleaning out the garage doesn’t have to be a reoccurring event if you stay organized. Use your new space often but do not use it as a quick solution to a storage unit.
Avoid adding unnecessary items and when you do add follow the guidelines in this article.
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