Since the garage tends to be a catch-all for items that don’t have space in our homes or things we don’t want to deal with, cleaning it can seem overwhelming. You can break a seemingly big job into smaller tasks by having a clear plan of action, making cleaning the garage more efficient and less staggering. Here are five tips to help make cleaning out the garage more approachable:
Declutter Tables and Floor
Sometimes a mess has to get a little worse before it gets better, and this first step might make things seem worse instead of better. The decluttering stage is essential to give you a clear space to work in. Also, it gives you a better idea of the amount of space you’re working with and the amount of storage space you have/need to rehome everything. You can get boxes off the floor onto shelving or simply remove everything out of the garage for further inspection and organization.
Now it’s time to clean the surfaces within your garage, paying particular attention to the stains and mold that tend to happen in garages. Create a mixture of equal parts water and bleach and give a thorough cleaning to surfaces like:
- Walls, especially areas where mold has grown
- Vacuum and mop the floor
Now you have a fresh, clean space to move your belongings back into.
Keep, Sell, Donate, Trash
Next, you will want to begin sorting your belongings into piles of things you want to keep, things you want to sell, things you want to donate, and things that you want to throw out. Take pictures of the items you want to sell, and pack up your donate and trash items into garbage bags. Leave your keep pile aside for the next step.
Now is the time to divide your keep items into categories. This will make it easier for home things within your garage and find things later. Some categories you might want to sort your belongings into are:
- Cleaning Supplies
Make sure any boxes going back into your garage are clearly labeled. Now you can start planning out homes for everything.
Everything in its Right Place
Your final step to a clean, organized garage is finding a home for everything you are keeping. Consider accessibility and storage options. For instance, you might consider storing toys low enough for your kids to reach but sharp or potentially harmful items up high enough that they won’t get hurt.
Additionally, you may want to install more shelving, hooks, or cabinets to increase storage space. Lastly, label your zones to make it easy for your family to find and return things to their proper home.
Cleaning out your garage can seem like a tedious task which makes it easy to put off doing. You can get it done more efficiently by staying organized and breaking the entire project down into smaller, more manageable tasks.