The garage was obviously designed to store our vehicles.
But many other items like
shovels, sports gear, tools-you name it-
end up there too.
Which is why a clean and organized garage is essential.
I thought the best way to tackle this cleaning challenge was
to break it down into 4 (kinda) easy steps:
sort, clean, zone and maintain.
- use your driveway to sort everything into 3 piles: what you want to keep, what you can donate or sell, and what can be thrown out
- I believe it is best to clear out the entire garage so you can begin with a clean slate
- remember, if something hasn’t been used in two years it is unlikely that it will be used again
- before you put one item back in the garage, sweep the floors and clean the walls
- BONUS TIP: a fast way to clean out the garage is to forget the broom and use a leaf blower (just an idea!)
- if you have the time, painting the garage walls a light color can really transformer the garage into a clean and orderly space (be sure to prime first)
- decide what you want your garage to be used for; parking, storage, gardening, woodworking (that would be me!), mud room, etc.
- then make every area it’s own zone, based on use, and keep only the things that fit in each
- keep items off the garage floor–this allows for easy sweeping and prevents the slow creep of stuff across the space
- keep vertical stuff organized by priority, the less often it is used the higher up it goes
- items stored in cardboard need to be transferred into plastic because rodents love to make nests out of cardboard