f you’re like most homeowners, you work hard to keep your home clean and organized. Easier said than done, right? Saying that we need to tidy up after ourselves is one thing, actually doing it is another. A little clutter is perfectly fine, though. After all, many of us have to juggle a career, our social life, and raising a family. But if your garage looks like it hasn’t seen the light of day in a long time, it might be time for a deep clean.
Devices such as security alarms and LED outdoor wall packs help keep our homes safe and secure. But if you’re truly serious about your home’s security, then you need to keep it clean. A dirty home often harbors pests and diseases that might hurt you and your family. The garage is one of the best places to start as it’s also used as long-term storage.
Garage cleaning and organization needs a solid plan. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Do prep work
As I’ve mentioned, you need to have a plan in place before doing any sort of cleaning work. Make sure to allow yourself some time to formulate your battle plans, and then set aside a few days for garage cleaning, decluttering, and organizing. The larger the space, and the more items you need to sort through, the more time it will take.
You might want to ask your friends or neighbors for help, especially if you don’t have anyone in your family to help you. You can also hire day laborers to do the heavy lifting. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast a night before your scheduled cleaning. If rain is on the horizon, you’ll have to reschedule the cleaning unless you want your items to get drenched.
2. Don’t overspend
It’s easy to go overboard and buy all the latest cleaning and storage gear when planning your garage’s organization. Make sure to give yourself a budget and to stick to it. Aim for a balance between need and want: you don’t want to give yourself a blank check but allow some wiggle room to buy a few nonessential but helpful items. Always remember that the garage is just the first step to home organization, so learn to prioritize.
3. Turn your garage into a multipurpose space
You’ll find that after the cleaning and sorting, you’ll have lots of extra space to work with. You might want to set aside some space for productivity or entertainment. For instance, if you enjoy gardening work, turning an old workbench into a gardening station will allow you more space for plant work. You can also invest in a few power tools for a home workshop. If you enjoy sports, you can set up bicycle racks and storage bins for sports gear.
4. Don’t hoard
The early stages of garage organization entail sorting through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to throw away. To keep things simple, sort your stuff into three piles. The first pile is for broken items destined for the landfill, the second pile is for items you no longer use but still work and can be donated or given away, and the third is for items that will remain behind.
Before planning your garage storage system, you might want to think about how the garage will be used. For instance, what are the sizes of the objects that you want to keep in your garage? How heavy are they? These factors will help you decide on the best system for you.