Organizing Your Garage: Plan, Purge, Clean, Systemize

Organizing Your Garage Plan, Purge, Clean, SystemizeChaos. That’s what most garages contain.

While a messy garage is easy to ignore, you can’t put it off forever. You’re going to need access to most of the stuff you keep in there at some point.

So rather than dig through everything and make the mess worse each time you need to find something, you can spend some time doing one good, deep clean and a little organizing to turn your garage into the useful storage space it’s meant to be.

Wouldn’t it be nice to walk in there without tripping over everything and stubbing your toes? Yeah, we thought so. Here’s how you can do it!

Plan It Out First

The easiest way to start is by creating an inventory of what you have and a system that will keep everything neat and organized.

There are countless ways to organize this space, so what you choose to do will ultimately depend on what you plan on storing there.

Bikes that aren’t used daily can be stored along the ceiling using special pulleys. Hanging shelves with bins can hold the tools you need but don’t use every day. Pegboards are also a favorite.

There are no right or wrong answers here. The key is to figure out what you have, what you want to keep and how accessible you need those items to be.

Keep Only What You Need

If you’re like the rest of us, your garage has become home to a lot of useless stuff you thought you’d need, use or planned on fixing.

To get rid of the clutter, you’re going to need to get rid of it.

But you don’t necessarily have to throw away good items. Keep several boxes nearby as you sort through your stuff. You should have one for things you want to keep, another for things you can donate or sell and another for trash.

Once you’re finished with the garage, you’ll have a neat pile of stuff that can put some extra money in your pocket now or later on when you file your taxes.

Organize as You Go

If you have some extra boxes, you can actually start the organization process as you purge. Group similar items and items that should be stored together in separate boxes.

This will allow you to spot duplicate items and eliminate them. It will also allow you to make last minute changes to your original plan without having to rearrange anything.

Don’t worry about all the little piles you start creating in your driveway or on the lawn. It may look chaotic, but there’s a method to the madness. It will make everything much, much easier to put away later.

Scrub, Sweep, Clean

Once the garage is empty, you can clean out all the dust and dirt that’s been collecting. Sweep, mop and dry the floor. Scrub down the walls and any horizontal surfaces. Take care of the garage windows if you have them.

If there are oil stains, treat them. Wet the spill, apply a little Dawn dish detergent and rinse. You can do this a few times if the stains are really bad. It may not remove them entirely, but it will definitely minimize them.

Not only will cleaning the space make it healthier and nicer to be in, it will also allow you to identify any issues that have been brewing unseen.

If you see mouse droppings or bugs, you may want to set traps or call an exterminator. Also keep an eye out for any structural damage that may need attention.

Now’s also a good time to do some preventative maintenance on your washer and dryer if this is where they make their home.

Install Organizers

With the garage empty and clean, you can really see how much space you have to work with and decide the best spots to store each of your grouped items.

Hanging items on the ceiling will be much easier with nothing underfoot. You can play around with your workbench and determine the best wall for your pegboard.

Invest in some plastic storage tubs for more delicate or seasonal items that you don’t want to lose or ruin and store them under the workbench or against the walls.

You can even install shelving units along the walls if you don’t already have them.

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

It’s finally time to put your belongings back inside the garage. As you continue to organize, consider how often you’ll use various items.

The things you use most should be on eye-level shelves. The things you use least should go on top shelves. Things the kids should have access to should go on the lowest shelves or even floor-level. Any hazardous chemicals or equipment should be out of reach for children.

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Grab yourself a beer or a glass of wine, you’re finished! Take a sip and bask in your own glory. Continue to congratulate yourself on a job well done every time you step into the garage. You’ve earned it!

And of course, if you want to enjoy the beverage without spending the time dealing with your garage, you can always give 1st Class Cleaning a call.

Our professional cleaning team would be glad to help you clean and organize your garage or any other area of your home.

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