Wed 2 June 2021
A garage is often the place we tend to dump things we do not know what else to do with, and one that we rarely really clean. Even after a year at home, when many of us have thoroughly cleaned, cleaned and organized our entire house, the garage can still be dirty, full of debris, disorganized or all three. So if you're ready to tackle this space, this is where you start (and end).
- Give yourself time: Set an uninterrupted afternoon or weekend to tackle the project. Starting and stopping does not take you that far, and it will be much more satisfying if you do the project from start to finish rather than sharing it.
- Take it all out: To really take care of what's in your garage and really fix it, do not skip this step or do it halfway. You can even start the organization process by grouping similar items when you remove them, making it easier to put them back.
- Decide what to throw away: It can be tempting to hang on to things you think you can use in the future, but be honest with yourself and try to clean as much as you can. Get rid of things like old paint; broken tools, implements or equipment; or something you have not used in a year or more.
- Take care of your things: You do not get much value from the things you have decided to keep if they are dirty or do not work. Make sure that the items you have decided to keep are cleaned, fixed or get some TLC before you put them back in the garage.
- Clean the space: Before you move on to organizing everything and giving it an eternal home, take the time to give your garage a nice, thorough cleaning. Sweep and dry the floors, dust out the cobwebs, wipe the cabinets, shelves, walls and other surfaces and discard debris or debris.
- Create an organization plan: Now that you can see the space you need to work with, make a rough sketch of where things will be stored permanently when you put them away. If you need to, it's time to put up shelves or buy clear plastic containers to make the organization process easier.
- Use the entire space: High shelves, pegboards or wall mounts can be very helpful for storing things such as bicycles, holiday decorations and utensils that are only used during specific seasons.
- Make things visible: You do not get much value or pleasure from the things in your garage if you do not find it when you need it or do not even remember that you have it first place. Use labels or transparent plastic containers to make your newly organized space as user-friendly as possible.
- Donate, recycle or refuse: From your "do not hold" high, donate something in decent condition to your local store or someone who needs it and recycle everything that can be recycled. Check online to find out how you can dispose of or recycle toxic or unusual items such as paint, chemicals or electronics.
- Maintenance: If you have completed this monumental process, celebrate. After that, just put things away after you have used them and add the garage to your cleaning schedule. If you follow this step, you will never have to worry about having an out-of-control garage again.
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