Summer is here, which means it's time for summer cleaning! For many homeowners, the garage is one of the most cluttered and disorganized areas that gets neglected. Cleaning and organizing your garage not only makes it look nicer but also saves you time by helping you find what you need more easily. Follow these 5 key steps for refreshing and organizing your garage this summer.
Step 1: Clear the Clutter
The first step is to remove everything from the garage so all of the accumulated clutter is visible. Go through all the items and decide what to keep, sell or donate. Be ruthless and get rid of anything you don't use or need. Removing clutter will make the next steps much easier.
Step 2: Clean the Space
Now that the clutter is cleared, it's time to clean. Sweep the floors, use a hose or power washer to clean the concrete floor, and wipe down the walls and storage shelves. Consider using a degreaser for any oil stains. Take this opportunity to look for any cracks or damage in the concrete and seal them to prevent further damage.
Step 3: Organize Using Storage Solutions
Add storage systems like shelving units, cabinets, bins, hooks and racks to keep items organized and accessible. Labeled plastic bins are great for storing seasonal items. Shelves should hold frequently used tools within easy reach. Place items you rarely use in harder to reach areas. Consider having a bench for additional storage.
Step 4: Label Storage Areas
Clearly labeling shelves, bins and storage areas makes it easy to quickly put items away and find them later. Use creative and specific labels to mark what goes where.
Step 5: Maintain the System
Once you've organized your garage, make a habit of putting items back in their designated spots after using them. Do occasional inspections of the space and get rid of anything you haven't used in a while. Follow these steps and you'll be able to park your cars inside while enjoying a clutter-free, clean garage this summer!